The demon whose hindquarters Abel had struck turned around, a low growl in its throat as it rounded onto him. Further ahead of the demon, down the street, its companion started to turn as well. The rearmost one growled, beginning to pad towards Abel, but the one that he had struck gave very little warning as it sank down onto its haunches, leaping towards him.
A flash of light.
Before Abel could even begin to defend himself against the beast, a streak of light shot past him, an arrow with a glowing piece of paper pierced onto its shaft. The arrow struck the beast in its foreleg, knocking it backward with a snap of light and more force than such a small arrow should have made. The beast crashed against the ground, rolling backwards from the force of the blow.
"You should be more careful, wandering around this late at night. You never know what might be lurking in the dark."
A man, in his early to mid-twenties, dressed in traditional clothing. Scraps of paper covered in calligraphy covered one of his eyes. He held a longbow in one hand, already reaching for another arrow with the other. Each of his arrows had an ofuda speared onto them, a piece of paper with intricate calligraphy drawn onto them.
The demon was already getting to its feet, although the arrow seemed to be causing it some pain. The other, however, had turned away, growling as it sniffed the air. It scented something and darted off into the night, down an alleyway and towards the street where Hiroyuki was walking.
If he still didn't notice the conflict, the second demon would burst out of the alleyway, teeth bared, leaping at him.