Template:Chapter Sparks From A Sword Tip (切っ先の火花 Kissaki no hibana?) is the 48th chapter of the Berserk manga series.


The next morning, Guts and Casca lie naked together and converse. He sheepishly admits that the previous night was also his first time having sex, and Casca realizes that the the trauma caused by Donovan is why Guts has problems with being touched. He tells her that she is the exception to this, and she kisses his cheek. Suddenly, she asks if his return to them means that Guts wants to stay with the Hawks, but he maintains that his is only a visit, and he will inevitably leave again. Guts looks at the waterfall and is reminded of his time training during the previous year.

In a flashback, a young girl cuts a large bundle of logs loose from a rope, sending them tumbling down a waterfall, and towards Guts, who wields his sword. He raises his sword to chop the logs as they fall. After the girls makes her way down to Guts, she notices that he's been harmlessly struck by the logs, and lies in the water, his sword broken.

They both go to a nearby watermill, whose only male occupant repairs Guts' sword for him. Guts asks the man, Godo, why he lives in seclusion with his daughter, and he explains that the nearby bluffs contain rich ore, which was once the home of some elves.

Guts then asks Godo the reason he became a blacksmith, and Godo replies that it's simply the family business, having been taught to smith since birth. He has a particular fondness for the sparks that appear when he strikes the hot metal.

Later, as Guts sits alone on a large rock, he contemplates the lonely quest he'd set himself on. He compares his dream to Griffith's: Guts' concept of a dream is much more vague and dynamic than than Griffith's, whose dream of having his own kingdom is much more concrete and communicable. Meanwhile, Guts seems to have resolved to live his life by the sword as he always has, remembering that every major part of his life happened while fighting. He decides to fight not for Griffith, or for anyone else, only for himself.

Back in the present, Guts tells Casca about how he's achieved what seems to be his own dream, of living by the sword. He says that he will remain with the Hawks until they rescue Griffith and rebuild the Band of the Hawk, after which he will leave. Casca begins to laugh, saying that he's speaking with the kind of conviction that Griffith exudes.

Casca suddenly becomes aggressive, angry at Guts that now both his and Griffith's dream are selfish in nature, and how both of their dreams will bring them away from her. She begins throwing a tantrum, but is quickly silenced when Guts grabs her breast, and she recoils in embarrassment.

Guts invites her to come along with him. Now that they've come to understand their feelings for each other, he wants Casca to remain in his life. They kiss in the warmth of the early-morning sunlight.

Three days prior to these events, foresters in the same wood that Guts and Casca now find themselves in caught sight of a large monster, which had a man's body, but had a serpent's head.

An unstoppable chain of events is about to unfold, the pieces of which all fall into place.

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