Episode 01/Chapter 03 – Reminiscence (Behold… the Demon?)
Lights covered the streets of Shibuya as I began heading home. Sounds shattering in every direction, but the noise seemed peaceful as I walked away from the train station, seeing the multiple groups of people around me smile as they went on with their many different activities for the evening. Families, friends and couples… Where’s my companions?
I looked up to the dark sky as I answered myself in a whisper, “Not here. I just hope that Chris and Eddie kept their promise.”
But next thing I know, I was forced towards the wall as a dark greasy haired man plowed his way pass me. I kept to myself as I muttered under my breath, “What’s his problem?”
Something felt wrong with his presence. He looked like he was lurking and he needed to find what he was looking for quick. He darted into a dark alley like a rat. That seems too suspicious for him to be doing a quick fix.
I looked by the corner to put my mind at ease, but it only made things worse. He had someone pinned up against the wall. The victim struggled with all their might, but it didn't look like the man was willing the person go.
“What the hell?” I softly said to myself.
I focused more on the victim, he looked small as his feet dangled up in the air. Wearing what looked like stylish boot design… Wait, what? It’s not a guy… A GIRL!?
I entered the alley now able to see her long black hair as it swayed as she was fighting for her freedom. I just can’t handle looking anymore.
“Hey, you!! Let her go!” I said to the stranger.
He turned around as the switchblade he was holding revealed itself to the light.
At first he looked pale as a ghost, but as he saw me he began to laugh to himself.
“And why should I take orders from a kid?” He chuckled.
“Cause this kid could have you sent to prison for what you’re doing to her.” I replied back.
The man locked up as he had heard my words. He began to glare at me. Letting loose his grip on the girl as she slid to the ground. He began his charge as he hissed, “See what justice can help when you’re already in Hell!”
Ah crap… Those were the only words I kept telling myself as the dangers became ever so real.
My body began to move by itself like it was only second nature as the man flew right pass me. I couldn't believe it, without any prior hand-to-hand combat experience I was able to move around the attackers strikes with ease!
An idea hit me as I backed up to the building wall.
“How will you be able to send me to Hell if you can’t even touch me?” I teased.
And just like that, he fell for my trap. Blinded by anger he came to attack with full force as I calmly moved away from the wall. Hand colliding with the wall as his greasy hair swayed side to side before he screamed in agony. I wonder what would happen if… I stuck out my foot as the fool began his decent.
“This is really sad.” I said as the man fell flat on his face. Seeing as the attacker wasn't moving, I tapped his body with my foot only to see his body become loose. Must’ve smacked his head really hard then. After seeing he was unconscious, I looked over to where the girl still sat in the shadows. As I came closer she still seemed frighten, but who could blame her? Her bangs covering her eyebrows, long smooth black hair with pink highlights running through laid frizzled along her back. Her dress was too dark to see the details, but why should those details be so important when this is the first time meeting a stranger.
I knelt in front of the girl as I asked, “Hey. Are you alright?”
She was at a loss for words as I stretched out my hand and said, “Come on. Let’s go see… Uh!”
My hand stopped as if something else had taken control of it. Pain started arousing in my hand as it continued throughout my body. My head, it felt like a bomb was about to explode from my insides.
“Ah!!” I winced as I placed my left hand over my left eye.
“That won’t protect anyone.” Wait, this voice—it’s so… familiar. “Now it’s my turn!!” The voice cried out with immense strength behind each word.
No! I no longer had any control over my body. It forced me out as I stood in the air like a spirit. Wait, my body? What’s happening to it? What I saw before me is what I thought could only happen in fantasy or sci-fi stories, but my skin, my skin turned ash-white and my hair mended to match.
The girl retracted her hand as she looked at the body in horror. It turned its head up to look at the girl. And with its red eye glowing through the night, it said, “Run along. Keep your innocence. You don’t need to see how the wicked are destroyed.”
And with that, the girl fled the scene as the creature got up and began laughing to himself.
“Laugh all you want in Hell!” Came the voice of the attacker as he sprang up with killing intent. In a quick blur, the creature in human skin turned around and grabbed the attacker by the wrist. Frighten by the speed of the boy, and also his left eye now red and his right eye being yellow. And all the while the boy just grinned with the most demonic of smiles. The attacker just struggled as it felt like his arm was about to break off as the boy lend ever so closer to the man.
The boy then kicks him to the wall with tremendous force knocking the wind out of the man. After struggling to get up, the man was ready to strike. But to his surprise the boy was right in front of him. Out of panic, the attacker went to stab the boy with his switchblade. His jaw dropped from the pain as the boy grabbed and twisted the knife out of his hand.
“I’ve got something to show you.” A harsh voice said from the boy.
The boy brought the attackers hand in full view as he added pressure to his hand.
“Ow! Shit!” the man cursed.
And he continued this until—
The man yelled out of the top of his lungs as his hand had been crushed between this young boy’s hands.
“Hurts, doesn’t it?” The boy laughed. “And next—“
The boy stomped on the man’s knee cap, then the other. Grabbing both hands, he turns around and pulls his arms, snapping him on his shoulders before kicking him in the ribs, pinning him to the wall. Letting the greasy haired man drop to his knees, the boy grabs him by the face as he chuckles to himself.
The man says, “You’re… not human.”
The boy stopped as he popped his own neck as he sang, “Shi ni, shi ni, go ro shi— Welcome to the grim, you piece of shit.”
The boy brings back his arm readying to strike as the man began to scream.
A few seconds go by as the boy stands still. The man quiets down in confusion as the boy said, “Just remember that if it wasn’t for him you wouldn’t have been alive.”
The boy smacks the man in the neck as he went unconscious. The boy’s body began to change back to the familiar blonde hair and fair skin as Chaos regained control of his boy.
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“What the hell was that?”
Those were the only words I could say as I quickly booked it back to my apartment.
“What happened to me?” I said after slamming the apartment door behind me and rushed to my full body mirror to examine my body.
No-nothing’s different. As much as I looked, my body just looked the same as it had always been. I sat at the edge of bed in disbelief of the events tonight.
“Am I going crazy?” I asked myself.
The voice from earlier came as clear as day, “And if you are?”
I jumped up with the all feeling of nervousness as I couldn't find the source of the sound.
“Don’t worry. You’re not going insane… Not yet anyways.” The voice reassured.
“Where are you?” I demanded.
A shadowy figure then appeared in front of me as it said, “I’ve been here this entire time.”
I stared at its yellow and red eyes, feeling its inhuman nature as I asked, “What are you?”
“Haven’t you already guessed, Chaos?” The dark figure cackled, “I’m a demon.”
“Wait. How do you know my name?”
“As I’ve already said, I’ve always been here, boy. Haven’t you noticed that the owners would always answer you funny whenever you asked how you were able to afford this place? How there was always food for you to eat day after day?” The demon said dauntingly.
“That was you?” I said in disbelief.
The demon just laughed as it began to dawn on me all the little things in my life that always felt odd to me.
“Who are you?” I asked.
The demon paused as it looked at me. “That’s right. This is the first time that I’ve had a proper introduction with you since that day, hasn't it? Well, to start with, my name is Cychron. A mercenary from Hell. And my ultimate goal, I plan on overthrowing the Devil and making a Heaven out of Hell.”
Th-the Devil? Is he for real?
“But this is your body so it’s completely up to you.” Cychron said.
“What’s up to me? What’s my part in all this?” I asked.
“Before I ask, just so you know, the man who killed your parents was a demon.” Cychron said.
“The man with the knife hands!?”
“Yes. If you accept this responsibility you’ll be taking on demons who have stolen many lives, just like your own.” Cychron said with a heavy tone.
Those words sank deep into me. The man who killed my parents and left me alone for the last eight years was a demon. Also he and many others have done the same thing to many like myself. I felt enraged and despair as I finally heard those words.
“Will you, Chaos Yoshimitsu, become a demon hunter?” The shadowy figure asked.
Without a moments hesitations, I said, “I will.”
-The End- Episode 01/ Chapter 03 Reminiscence (Behold… the Demon?)