[OOC Note: This thread contains what could be considered Utena spoilers. It may also contain Kenshin Kyoto-arc spoilers. On the other hand, I strongly suspect that if you haven't seen the relevant episodes, any potential spoilers will not be recognizable as such.]
[Edited to add: It has been brought to my attention that some may not be aware that the thread in the last post is still going on. There is no problem with that, since a short time should elapse between the current end of the comments to the last post and the beginning of this post.]
Some time later, the main door to the room opens and Soujirou reappears. He lets the door close behind him again with an audible "click". His kimono hangs open far enough to reveal the rose in his shirt pocket: a black rose in full bloom, placed directly over his heart. In his hand, he holds an unusual sword, its blade finely serrated like a delicate saw. The sword appears to be on fire. It is producing an impressive flame and a heat that can be felt as one approaches.
The greatest change is in his face: the boy is no longer smiling. His expression shows an anger that practically overwhelms him, with hints of jealousy, frustration and despair.
At the same time as the door opens, a panel in the floor moves aside and a desk rises from below. It is a perfectly ordinary desk. On its surface is a sheathed wakizashi, or Japanese short sword.