Kiriyomi follows Shusuke's instructions, lying down on the scroll opposite Take and laying his right hand down where the scrolls overlapped. He sneaks a glance over at the other boy, wondering for a moment what his story was and what his motivations were for getting stronger at the risk of his own life. Did he have loved ones that he wanted to protect, selfish reasons for gaining this power, or was it something else? As he was thinking these things, Shusuke was busy preparing for the jutsu. Before the serpent rears back and bites his hand, Kiri thinks to himself, This isn't so bad. I'm sure it will be a quick process, and I will come out the other side stronger and better equipped for whatever the world throws at me.
As the fangs pierce his flesh, Kiri involuntarily screams out in pain. He had never experienced pain like this before, had no way to describe the severity as the ink burned its way through his body. His eyes roll back into his head, and he passes out for just a moment. As he opens his eyes, Kiri finds himself standing in the clearing that he and Akio had found on their day out in the forest together. Standing around the edges of the clearing are all of his family and friends. Over there is Suniwa, standing beside his grandfather, both staring at Kiri in horror. Akio is screaming silently, tears streaming down his face as he reaches out towards Kiriyomi. Keniwa stares blankly at him before turning his back, as if ashamed to be associated with Kiri. Directly across from him stands Shusuke, a grin splitting his face in two.
Kiri watches in horror as the grin widens, further and further, splitting the skin of Shusuke's face. Black blood starts pouring down the front of the Yamanaka's body, slowly at first but quickly becoming a torrent that starts to spread towards Kiri and his loved ones. When it reaches his feet, Kiri lifts his foot to find that the blood is stuck to his shoe. It slowly climbs up his body, as though the clearing is fenced in by an invisible barrier. Looking around in horror, he quickly realizes that the blood is slowly consuming everyone in the clearing. Faster and faster the black liquid fills the space, and the figures surrounding Kiriyomi quickly fall prey to it as they collapse and do not resurface.
Opening his mouth to scream out in terror, Kiri is unable to get out a sound as his lungs are quickly filled with... ink? Choking, he tries to spit it out, only to have the ink flood his mouth again and begin to push itself into his nose, ears, and eyes. Just before the world goes dark once again, he hears a voice call out to him. "Kiriyomi... Don't lose yourself. This power is strong, but you are stronger. Fear not, because I have raised you to be brave and strong. You will not succumb to something such as this. My son, you have surrounded yourself with friends that love you. If you feel yourself slipping away, lean on them. They will help you pull you back from the edge, and prevent you from sliding into darkness. Trust in your bonds and trust in yourself. Now... Wake up."
With a gasp, Kiriyomi sits up and starts coughing, struggling to catch his breath. Staring down at his hand, he sees a small diamond on his palm. Was this the curse seal that Shusuke promised? He didn't feel any stronger... perhaps it was something that he needed to train to master, so that he could properly utilize it. As he is staring down at his hand, a tear slips down his cheek and lands on the diamond. Reaching up and wiping at his face, Kiri realizes that he has been crying since he came to. Wiping his eyes and taking a shuddering breath, he recalls the nightmarish scene that he beheld when he had passed out. That voice at the end... was that his father? He wasn't angry like the last time they had spoke; if anything, he sounded proud of his son. Kiri tucks that memory away to analyze later, and turns to look at Take and Shusuke.
Watching as an orange light fades away, Kiri's brow furrows. Take sits up and stares off into the distance, and he comes to a startling realization. Take had six eyes! Blinking quickly and looking more closely, Kiri watches as black flames all over Take's body fade into a soft glow that recedes back into his hand. “… Shusuke… are you alright? Did something happen?” As Take asks this, Kiri turns his gaze to Shu, seeing that he is looking a little paler. He starts to move closer to Shusuke to make sure that he is unharmed, but moves a little too quickly and falls back on the scroll as his body gives out. There is little to no strength left in his body; it feels as though everything within him was used up to ensure that he survived the process of receiving the cursed seal.