Episode 02/Chapter 04: Bittersweet Beginnings (8 Years)“Will you, Chaos Yoshimitsu, become a demon hunter?” The shadowy figure asked.
Without a moments hesitations, I said, “I will.”
Cychron only stared back at me as he said with confusion spread across his face, “Really? It’s that easy to convince you?”
He began to chuckle to himself, “Are you sure you know what you’re getting yourself into?”
I just stared right back at him.
The shadow disappeared as the demon’s laughter echoed in the room.
“To think you’d be so willing. But it’s probably through your experiences that have made you this way.” The demon said in the darkness.
I interrupted, “But first, tell me why you’re doing this and what happened to my parents.”
The demon reappeared in the mirror’s reflection with puzzled eyes. But he began to chuckle once more as he said, “That’s right. You were young when all that shit happened.
The demon’s eyes began to glow blood red as my room started turning black.
“All right. Let’s take a trip right back down memory lane.” Cychron said as lights began to envelope me.
As I opened my eyes again, I beheld a gorgeous view of the forest. Sun rose high in the sky and overall, the place felt like paradise. I looked down as I noticed I was sitting on a roof, but what blew me away was the kid I saw playing in front of the house.
“How did you—?” I asked in fascination as the blonde haired kid laugh his heart out.
I looked to my left as the shadowy figure rested in the spot next to me. Wait.
I started freaking out as I said, “What are you doing!? What if we got seen!?”
The red eyes stared back in annoyance as he said with the tone to match, “You’re making this sound like it was a sci-fi film. Get a hold of yourself. This is just an illusion. Now, shut up.”What a relief.
I looked back as my heart continued to race. The kid got up from playing with his toy car and ran towards the house as a black haired woman accepted the child in her arms.
I held my breath as I muttered to myself, “Wait. I-I know her. She’s my—“
“Yes. That’s your mother, Ashikira Yoshimitsu.” Cychron said.Ashikira… Yoshimitsu. Mother.
I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Finally, after many years of only seeing veg silhouettes in my dreams I now know who my mother is.
Tears began to blur my vision as Cychron continued, “She was kind soul. Born a city girl, but was always ready to challenge the wilderness as much as she could. She was also quite a bookworm as well.”
I then saw a man coming in from a distance. And it looked like, no, I was a spitting image of him.
“And there’s your father, Hiroshimura Yoshimitsu.”
As he continued his way to the house in his demi jacket and button up shirt, Cychron continued, “Raised in a small town. He had a punk image about him when he was younger. Caused a little mischief in his community with his little band of hooligans. Anyways, he met your mother on a school trip to Kyoto.”
Cychron snarked, “Tried to grab her attention as soon as he laid eyes on her. Again, and again she would turn him down. And after much pondering, Hiroshi did the unthinkable and went down on both hands and knees and swore to her that he would clean himself for her, that he would be the best that he could be.”
“He really did that?” I asked.
Cychron began to chuckle as he said, “He did. He proposed to her at a young age. Then, they got into a bed and—“
“Whoa! No! You sick pervert! You completely ruined the mood!” I lashed out.
Cychron just bursts out into laughter after hearing my reaction. Cychron continues, “You were then born and you all were living that happy, loving family life.”
I was still pissed from his comment, but I couldn’t help but to smile as I looked back at my family.
“…Until that night…”
The beautiful forest, the happy family below, even the roof I had been sitting on disappeared into the darkness. And when my eyes readjusted, it was the same scene that plagued my dreams.
My parents laid dead on the floor with the blonde haired boy kneeling in front of his father. I swallowed up my courage and looked up. And there he was.
The monster was now in full view. No more shadows to hide behind.“This feeling…”
The man chuckled.
It surprised me to see his face. The way it looked was a mixture of his grey skin being burnt, or he had a very bad case of cancer. His eyes were so pale that there was little difference from it being blank. A tattered Vietnamese jacket left his pale arms to the open air as it hung low to his legs. His hat covered his nose while still looking like a cowboy hat. The steely fingers that resembled knives.“It energizes me to see the life flow out of another, unlike that rotten Hell.”
He laughed with such a heavy, dark voice.
How it angered me to finally see him. Even though I knew it was an illusion, oh how I wanted to steal the lives he’s taken.
“How dare you!!”
The voice shocked me as I saw myself enraged.“Damn you!”
the boy screamed.
The boy got up in full sprint as he gave the war cry, “Go to Hell!!”
The boy froze in mid-air as if he was attached to an invisible cross. Only screaming silence reached my ears as I could only look while my spline began to slither with fear.
“This was the moment when I became a part of you.” The demon said in a whisper.
Forgetting that he was even there, I screamed as the blue flames enveloped the boy’s body as it also howled in pain.
I looked back at Cychron enraged, “You mood wrenching bastard!”
“But you will want to see what happens next.” Cychron said as he pointed back to the scene at hand.
I turned back to what was happening as the young boy came back to the ground clenching his fists open and shut. Such a sinister smile, there was nothing of me that controlled my younger self anymore.
The man just stared at the boy as the blue flamed kid continued to laugh.
“It’s a little small, but it’ll have to do.”
The boy looked at the man as he said, “Time to go back to Hell, you piece of shit.”
And with a blink of an eye, the boy lunged himself into the man forcing him out the window.
My vision blacked out as the dark forest came into view. Just barely able to make out the dashing between the two. Five… ten… twenty miles it had to be before Cychron knocked the man to the ground.
The man rested on his hands and knees as Cychron crouches right in front of him.
With a smile that boarder lined insanity, Cychron said, “You arrogant bastard. You’ve made this child parentless. You’ve scarred him deep inside.”
Cychron clenched his hand over his heart, “His very soul cries out in this flesh to condemn you for what you’ve done! Lucky for you. You don’t have to wait too long to see that hellfire again.”
Cychron jumped back with glee as the man was engulfed in flames. The man only stared back at him with such a dead piercing stare.“To the Nine, I go.
To bring punishment to the damned.
To meet his master with endless misery and woe!
For the Devil will send his fury with wrath.
For tonight— I am your Grim Reaper!!”
The man burnt down in the flames without a single utterance as the blue flames began to die down.
“Say hi to Lucy for me, Daroku!” Cychron said with such a childish excitement.
“Now, time to take care of the dead parents and—“
* * *“So, his name is Daroku.”
I said in the darkness as the moonlight began to light up my apartment.
“That’s right. The man condemned by me to rot in Hell for what he did to your family and countless of other individuals.” Cychron said.
“And there’s even more like him out there?” I asked.
“There is. Demons that will do the exact same things as what Daroku has done. And so, I believe you’re at the right age to decide for yourself if you wish to cleanse the earth of this filth.”
“So, what now?” I asked with intent.
“Well, since you’ve already agreed to this, I think it’s a good idea to do a little demon hunting training tonight.”The End – Ch. 04 (8 Years)