Uvogin immediately snags the tentacle and crushes it with enough force to snap it in half with one hand. The other half falls out of his nose.
"What the hell is that?! Has it been in the ground? No. I would have felt it."
As the tentacle falls out, spikes fire out of it in to the soft tissue inside Uvogin. At the same time, the poison gas begins to effect him. The smoke finally begins to fade as the crowd sees Uvogin, Tradx and the broken tentacle. Oddly, the other sword is missing the vein on it as well.
"Ready to quit now? Or must these games continue, you have been poisoned for the entire duel, those bullets I fired at you were full of poison gas. You don't have long to live unless you get medical attention so I would suggest you quit, best case scenario for you is that we both die should the fight continue."
"For God's sake, just give up so we can move on!"
"I'll never give up! I'll just kill you as quickly as I can and then get treated. Don't underestimate my body's immune system. I've been treated for all sorts of toxins in the past, so the effectiveness of yours is fairly dwindled."
"I would hardly agree, I can tell in your eyes that you are losing energy. Though most would already be dead. It is in your eyes as well, I suspect you will go blind as well, a horrible fate, maybe Karu should have picked better."
Tradx jumps up on the wall of the arena to give himself leverage against any desperation attack Uvogin could muster. This game was just about over.
"You've got me there... I don't like doing this, but... I surrender."
The crowd is stirred in confusion at this unexpected resignation. Uvogin walks to his team's side, but turns around halfway there.
"Just know that this isn't over. I never let my victims go forever. We can find you, and I can win."
Tradx jumps down from the wall and heads to his team. The vein reappears on the second sword, he rushes to grab the broken tentacle and the other sword. His goggles fade to a clear color.
"About damned time someone on this team won. Good fight Uvogin, if anyone here was going to kill me it would have been you. Maybe next time I can see you go all out instead of just standing there hehehe."
He turned to the knight and made a welcoming gesture while hitting his goggles, turning them back in to his hat.
"Your turn, be careful, I can fight Karutomaru but you still need to win this."
In the distance he sees the medical robots rushing out to cure Uvogin, a few injections and deep showers and he would be alright.
"I need to resupply, be right back."
Tradx jumps leaving a small crater in his wake, who knew how far he parked that damned contraption he flew.
Adrien looks around, kicking the dirt and waiting for the next challenger.
As Tradx walks to his side with his back turned, Uvogin picks up a rock and prepares to throw it.
"I think my victory will come NOW!"
Midway through his swing, Uvogin's arm suddenly stops. An outstretched mechanical tube-like arm has grabbed his. Upon further inspection, everyone sees the arm is coming from Karutomaru.
"What were you going to do with that rock?... You weren't thinking about cheating, were you?"
Uvogin drops the rock.
"Nah. Of course not. I was just going to throw it at the ground."
Two biankies with nurse caps enter and Uvogin walks away with them.
"Get him to the room quickly. If he passes out, we'll have to haul his 5 ton arse there ourselves."
Karutomaru dramatically holds his hand out.
"Wait just a moment Mr. Tradx!"
This catches Tradx's attention.
"As the winner of this round, you are eligible to carry out our next execution!"
Tradx looks over at Karutomaru relaxing his legs.
"Uvogin, you know that would never have worked. Interesting attempt but I have seen better, how disappointing, with effort like that you won't even hurt me. Now, an execution you say? Maybe I can give a demonstration or two. Who do I have to execute?"
Tradx found the whole series insane, but he supposed he could show why Uvogin should probably get some medical attention.
"Just some scum we got off the Grand Line."
"Fine, bring him out. I will show you something fun."
Several biankies run into the stadium with jackhammers and brooms. Hideyoshi walks in toward the center of the stage. Behind him is a man wearing a simple striped shirt and sunglasses with something sticking out of his mouth.
The man takes slow steps, weighed down by weights chained to his ankles.
As the two walk by Karutomaru, he starts walking with them.
"Hey. I would think he should be a little more injured than that. What happened down there?"
"I merely resisted him. Once he realized his attacks were useless against me, he willingly turned himself in."
"Saving the pain for us mmmmmmm? Good."
Tradx watched for a bit, bored out of his mind.
"Hideyoshi, welcome back. I guess Karutomaru has put a slightly longer leash on ya. Just sit him down right there, this wont take but a second."
"Wait wait wait. I want to have a little chat with it first."
Karutomaru looks Sanji in the face.
"I just live for making scum like you suffer."
Karutomaru spits on Sanji's face.
Sanji, still in weighted chains, does a mighty upward kick and slams Karutomaru upside the head, who flips through the air and lands on his back. Sanji lands on his feet, panting.
Karutomaru gets back on his feet and dusts himself off. He then look at Sanji.
In a flash, Karutomaru dashes up to Sanji and slams his knee into his stomach with impressive force. Sanji opens his mouth in shock, his glasses are knocked off, and his cigarette falls out along with drops of blood. Sanji falls to the ground on his knees. Karutomaru takes advantage of the situation by kicking him.
"Hey! While you're down there you can lick the scum off my shoes!"
Karutomaru's exposed right arm flips open his ring finger to reveal a small flame.
"You have an interesting face smoker. But I always thought it would be more fitting if you looked the same as you did on the inside."
"Ugh, you are going to drag this out as long as you can. Okay, fine."
Adrien takes off his breastplate and sits back against the wall.
"Wake me up when it's my turn."
Tradx watched the spectacle closely, drawing in each of Karutomaru's abilities. Karu had already seen most of his, but this would make the playing ground even. After all, thanks to Uvogin being impervious to bullets and bombs, hardly any of his normal attacks or special weapons had been used, just a variety of poisons that probably wont do much to Karutomaru.
"Here I thought I was going to be killing him. Maybe I will save the demonstration for you Karutomaru."
"Sorry. I got a little carried away there. Kill him as you see fit."
Tradx felt sorry for Sanji, but there was not much he could do for him so he decided to give a quick demonstration. Besides, this would replenish his ammo a bit.
Tradx threw down his swords again. The vein quickly dissipated and all was silent for a while. Until a tentacle came rushing out of the ground and in to Sanji's nose. He screamed for a second until his eyes became blank. Then tentacles pierced out of seemingly dozens of orifices in his body. He fell to the ground with a thud and about six tentacles rushed out and attached to the swords.
"That, was what was going to happen to Uvogin if he did not quit."
Before Tradx can make his move, a threatening scream echoes through the stadium, catching everyone's attention, including waking up Adrien.
Everyone looks toward the source of the noise on the visiting team's side of the stadium.
Karutomaru doesn't seemed bothered by this.
"I thought we lost you."
Luffy runs directly at Karutomaru.
"You'll pay for what you've done!"
Luffy throws a long-ranged outstretched punch at Karutomaru's face, who successfully grabs the fist. With his fist still in place, Luffy's rubbery arm pulls him directly into Karutomaru and lands a successful and devastating punch to his face, badly cracking his mask and knocking him down. Luffy stands above him breathing heavily.
"Give us back our cook!"
Karutomaru uncharacteristically gets on his feet without moaning or wheezing.
"You are really something else. I don't know if you're crazy or mad to want to have such scum cook for you, but I can't just up and let our prisoner go like that."
"Then I'll take him by force!"
The audience is somewhat confused by the turn of events.
"Alright. If force is the way you want it... I'll make you a deal. If you can knock me down for 8 seconds, I'll let you take your smoker back."
"Why should I believe you'll keep your promise?!"
"We can take the smoker with us. That way he will always be in our sights so you KNOW he won't be hurt."
Luffy enters a fighting stance.
"I'll do whatever it takes!"
"Good, then you won't mind doing it OUTSIDE, will you? I'd use this place, but we're kind of in the middle of something right now. Hideyoshi! Escort us and the prisoner outside please. Make sure it doesn't escape."
Tradx interjects, "you know he is already dead right? That killed him instantly, the tentacles pierced his brain."
("Before Tradx can make his move").
Adrien shuffles and falls back to sleep.
"Bui! I'm counting on you to finish this! Do whatever it takes to win!"
Karutomaru slaps Adrian hard across the face as he passes him.
As the 4 fade out of sight, Bui walks to the center, with a mighty thud made with each step he takes.
Adrien snaps awake, grabbing Karutomaru's hand and gripping it nearly hard enough to crush his bones.
"Don't. Do that. Again."
He releases Karutomaru's hand, retrieves his arms and walks into the arena.
Adrien grabs Karutomaru's hand and attempts to crush it, but can't. It is as though it's made of some kind of tough rock or metal.
Adrien looks around.
"Does your challenger have cold feet? Where is he?"
Adrien looks over at the 9 foot tall armor-clad warrior standing in the middle of the stage and smacks himself in the head.
Bui holds his arm up. Bright red lightning seems to come from the air and focus in on his palm before a humongous axe materializes out of thin air. The axe is so heavy it pushes Bui's feet a few inches into the ground.
Adrien stifles his laughter.
"Just what do you expect to do with that?"
Tradx hustles to his side of the arena. Unlike Adrien he cant help but burst out laughing.
"Good thing I took out Uvogin for ya, this guy will be cake."
Bui stands there in wait.