Authors Note: The chapter title means Victory and the Truth in Welsh.
Kikyo was very afraid. She has the most pressure put on top of her. She would rather kill Naraku ten times over then do this, but her home was a stake as well. She fired her first eighteen arrows and hit all eighteen arrows in the bulls-eye. Hojo said,
“Eighteen of twenty arrows shot. All eighteen of the arrows hit the bulls-eye. Higurashi needs one more to tie the duel. She has two tries to do it in. Will she hit arrow number nineteen in the bulls-eye?”
Kikyo release the bow and her nineteenth arrow had just missed the bulls-eye. Kikyo said,
“Yes!” said Fearless Leader Apple, “You make one more miss on your arrow and Higurashi Shrine will be mine at last.”
“Higurashi,” said Hojo, “you must hit this one to stay in the duel.”
Kikyo drew her twentieth and final arrow. She took her time aiming the bow so that she could hit the target. She released the bow and her arrow went to the target and hit the bulls-eye. Hojo counted,
“One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Sixteen. Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen. Nineteen Bulls-eyes. We have a tie. We must continue. Higurashi, you went second in the duel so you go first in this tiebreak.”
“Okay,” said Kikyo as Kagome.
Kikyo took her twenty arrows. Hojo counted again,
“One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Sixteen. Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen. Twenty. Twenty Bulls-eyes. Orange Zest, you need to hit all twenty of them to tie the duel back up again. Are you ready?”
“Hell, I’m ready,” said Orange Zest, “and when the next round is done, Higurashi Shrine will be Fearless Leader Apple’s property.
Orange Zest fired his thirteen arrows and hit all of them in the bulls-eye. Hojo said,
“This is very intense. Thirteen of twenty arrows shot. All thirteen of the arrows hit the bulls-eye. Orange Zest needs all the remaining seven to tie the duel. He has only one try to do it in. Will he hit arrow number fourteen in the bulls-eye?”
Orange Zest fired his fourteenth arrow and it hit the bulls-eye. Hojo said,
“It went in. Fourteen of twenty arrows shot. All the arrows so far hit the bulls-eye. Orange Zest needs all the remaining six to tie the duel. He cannot make a mistake or Higurashi will win the duel. Will he hit arrow number fifteen in the bulls-eye?”
Orange Zest fired his fifteenth arrow and it hit the bulls-eye.
“That was close,” said Hojo, “Fifteen of twenty arrows shot. All the arrows so far hit the bulls-eye. Orange Zest needs all the remaining five to tie the duel. One mistake Higurashi will win the duel. Will he hit arrow number sixteen in the bulls-eye?”
Orange Zest fired his sixteenth arrow and hit it. Then, he fired his seventeenth arrow and hit it. Then, he did the same to the eighteenth and nineteenth arrows and both hit.
“It all comes down to this,” said Sesshōmaru.
“I hope that Orange Zest makes a mistake,” said Kagome as Kikyo.
“One arrow. One Change. One winner,” said InuYasha.
“Nineteen of twenty arrows have been shot,” said Hojo, “This is Orange Zest’s twentieth and final arrow.”
Orange Zest fired his twentieth and final arrow. Hojo said,
“Now, Orange Zest needs to hit all twenty to stay in this duel. I will count the bulls-eyes now.”
“One,” said InuYasha, Kagome, Sesshōmaru, Ayumi, Yuka, Eri, Hitomi, Sota, Mrs. Higurashi, and Hojo. “Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Sixteen. Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen.”
“Nineteen Bulls-eyes,” said Hojo. “That is not enough for the duel. Higurashi wins the duel.”
Everyone cheered for a while until Sesshōmaru brought Lime Zest in and said,
“Hojo, you need to know something. Fearless Leader Apple had order The Zest Gang to kidnap Kikyo and Kagome.”
Everyone gasped. Hojo said,
“Shame on you, Fearless Leader Apple, trying to kidnap to fix the outcome.”
“Not only that,” said Hitomi, “The Turnpike project is a rip-off. It is not a turnpike. It’s a brand new 300-mile office building that will have high rates.”
“I have to arrest you, Fearless Leader Apple for fraud,” said Hojo.
So that’s how Kikyo and Sesshōmaru with some help from Kagome, InuYasha, and Kagome’s friends and family saved Higurashi Shrine. Fearless Leader Apple and The Zest Gang spent the next twenty years thinking about their actions.
Back at Higurashi Shrine, Kagome, Kikyo, InuYasha, and Sesshōmaru were getting ready to go off. Before they went in the Bone Eater’s Well. Mrs. Higurashi said in Japanese,
“Watashi no basho ni ite kurete arigatō.”
Authors Note: The sentence means in Japanese of I like to thank you for staying at my place.
“Dōitashimashite. Ie o mamotte itadakereba saiwaidesu,” said Kikyo in Japanese.
Authors Note: Dōitashimashite. Ie o mamotte itadakereba saiwaidesu, means You’re very welcome and I hope that you keep your home, in Japanese.