|Episode 45 (Manga)|
|Volume||9 Skull Knight|
|Date Released||March 31, 1995 (tankōbon format)|
|Arc||Golden Age Arc|
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Alone together, Casca tells Guts to draw his sword. He successfully blocks her quick strike, but remains confused as to why she's attacking him. Instead of completely drawing his sword, he keeps it sheathed across his back and only uses the exposes parts of the blade to block. Her barrage of attacks tells him that she really means to hurt, or kill him.
Eventually, Guts takes advantage of her reckless attacks, sticks his foot out and trips her. As she slowly gets up, she says that she blames Guts for Griffith's situation and the slaughter of the Band of the Hawk. She charges again, screaming that Guts' departure from the Hawks caused their downfall, but Guts catches her hand, thinking that she's not in her right mind for blaming him for something he had no part in doing. He suddenly realizes that she may be right, and is startled when she flicks her sword up at his nose.
They continue fighting, Casca yelling about how Guts became Griffith's reason for perseverance, and when he left, Griffith lost all support. She exclaims that Guts made Griffith weak. This takes him aback, recalling Griffith's slouched position after beating him in their fight outside Windham. At the same time, Casca's sword goes through the plates of his armor and gives him a shallow wound.
Guts grabs the blade bare-handed, pulls it from the wound, and says that he acted the same way Griffith would have by leaving to find his dream. He squeezes the blade of Casca's sword so hard his hand bleeds, and despite her pleas, he doesn't let go, so she yanks it way before he does more harm to himself.
She tells Guts that she was bluffing when she'd told him that she wanted to be Griffith's sword. Instead, she admits how she loved Griffith and was jealous of Charlotte, despite knowing how likely it would be for Charlotte and Griffith to marry. As such, her own dream was squashed before her. Coming to terms with the fact that she has no place beside Griffith, Casca asks Guts to take over the protection of the Hawks. She leans over the edge of the cliff on which they're standing, intending to fall into the falls below.
Guts reacts quickly enough to grab her hand and, with effort, pull her back up, but his injured hand bleeds as he does so. He throws her away from the edge of the cliff to safety, and when she gets up, she is in tears, miserable about how Guts always seems to get injured when it comes to her. She sinks into his chest, sobbing.
Guts gives her a reassuring kiss on the head. To his surprise, Casca tilts her head back, and their lips meet as they embrace before the waterfall.
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|Golden Age Arc|