‘As you say, Master,’ Ash smiled wryly. ‘He who acts with haste, has already lost thefight.’ ‘Yes,’ Master Yoh nodded, scratching his beard. ‘Though, have I not also told you, that he who makes his Sensei wait for almost an hour for a simple chess move is the one who will be mucking out the stables for a month?’ ‘Point taken,’ Ash puffed and quickly manoeuvred his Knight to take Master Yoh’s Rook.‘Check.’ ‘Ah!’ Master Yoh said, furrowing his brow. ‘Have you decided upon a course of action yetmy pupil?’ ‘I believe it is your move, Master,’ Ash replied.‘Ai-yah!’ Master Yoh exclaimed. ‘I meant in regards to your path in life young one. I amthe seventh Master under which you have trained and as of yet, you seem to haveconcocted no final aim.’ ‘I forget who said it …’ Ash retorted. ‘But it is the journey that matters, not thedestination.’ ‘If we can end the one-upmanship by way of proverbs for a moment,’ Master Yoh sighed.‘You cannot spend your entire life in this way. Even I, at one point, had a goal, and Istuck to it. I would not be here otherwise to tell you that … Check Mate by the way,’ Master Yoh nodded with satisfaction and sat back from the table. ‘Again?’ he asked witha chuckle.‘I think not,’ Ash said with a shake of his head. ‘Though your point is not lost on me,Master. Do not think I am wasting your time.’ ‘How could you waste my time?’ Master Yoh asked, appalled. ‘It is rare to see such talent.Admittedly I would appreciate it if you would not make me wait as long between movesupon the chess board … but you could never waste my time. I have a duty to pass on what I have learned to those who come seeking it, while I still have time left to teachthem.’ ‘It’s just as well that you say that,’ Ash said, scratching his chin. ‘Because if you permitit, I think that you have passed on your knowledge to me, and I hope to use it wisely inthe future, wherever I may end up.’ ‘You refer to the Mediation position you discovered?’ Master Yoh said, taking a long drinkof his tea.‘I do,’ Ash said affirmingly.‘Well,’ Master Yoh coughed. ‘I am sure, that whatever you finally decide. You will be wellequipped to handle any situation.’ ***‘RUN!’ Vash shouted, firing his Zap Gun into the darkened recesses from which they were retreating.
!Mr. Burns, the Welsh Wizard glowered into the gloom, casting a light from his staff into the pitch blackness of their surroundings to reveal the slightest outline of a tallmetal figure. ‘Go back to the darkness from whence you came!’ He commanded, banginghis staff on the ground.’ ‘What the hell is that thing?’ Jimzac spluttered.‘
I know,’ Vash replied testily.‘
,’ Jimzac hissed. ‘Was
in the Link Hunter job description.’ ‘I’m aware of that,’ Vash replied, accessing the Portal Terminal next to him. ‘This is newto me too.’ Indeed, when Vash had commissioned the new Link Hunters for The MercuryRooms, one of the last things on his mind had been that they would possibly beattacked; apparently, it had been one of the last things on their minds too. The new LinkHunters had been doing better than Vash could have expected. There were few who coulddelve so far and retrieve so many Links in one outing, and apparently, Jimzac and Mr.Burns were just such of people. However, while investigating a newer Video site named
, Jimzac had managed to find something other than Links.