While I was smashing eggs over Noda, Yama Arashi and Red Shirt were still engaged in debate.
"Can you prove that I spent my night at the inn with a geisha?"
"I saw your pet geisha enter Kadoya earlier in the evening. Are you trying to deny it?"
"I've no need to deny anything. Yoshikawa and I spend the night there. The fact that a geisha did or didn't enter earlier that evening doesn't concern me."
"Doesn't it?" Yama Arashi delivered a knuckle sandwich. Red Shirt staggered. "This is appalling. It's outrageous. Brute force without due process is gross injustice."
"Then injustice it is." Yama Arashi whacked him again. "For a scoundrel of your caliber, nothing short of a sound thrashing will do." The beating continued. At the same time, I went to work on Noda and drubbed him good. When we finished, the two of them were cowering motionless at the base of a cedar tree. They either couldn't move or were too disoriented to try.
"Had enough? If not, then here's some more." The two of us continued with more blows. "Enough. Enough." I asked Noda if he'd had enough too. "Yes, yes. Of course."
"Consider this divine retribution for a couple of first-rate scoundrels. You'd best take a lesson and change your ways. Righteousness will always triumph over cunning deceit." The two of them remained silent as Yama Arashi lectured. They may have been incapable of speech by this point.
"I'm not going to run or hide. I'll be at Minatoya by the beach until five o'clock this evening. If you have business to settle, come with police officers or whomever you like." I followed with, "I'm not going to run or hide either. I'll be waiting with Hotta. If you want to file a complaint with the police then go ahead." With that, Yama Arashi and I set off walking at a brisk pace.