Play 41: The Story Of The Demons

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Despite Sen's gentle persuasion, I refused stubbornly to go back to the headquarters.

I knew the men must be worried, but I didn't care. I wanted to be left alone, though I wasn't in this current situation.

Sen was staying at an inn a distance away from the Shinsengumi headquarters, so I wasn't worried that they would find their way here. I wasn't eating really well too, and Sen had to get mad everytime for me to force myself.

I was afraid. If I went back to the Shinsengumi, how should I face Souji? He would reject me, saying something like the Shinsengumi was the only thing he cared about in his entire life. It was embarrassing how I practically yelled my true feelings at him while crying in the middle of the streets. Everytime I thought about it I would bury my face into my hands, wishing that I could drop dead immediately.

"Alright, it is time for you to return."

I glanced up at Sen in surprise. "No, I don't want to." I looked back down at my feet as dread crawled up to my heart.

"You have to face them--no, Okita-san." She sighed in exasperation. "Moreover, I have something important to tell you soon. Kimigiku."

"Yes." A beautiful woman slid open the door to the room. I had asked Sen about her before, and she said that she was her bodyguard. I shrugged at that--after all, Sen was as elegant as a royal, so I wasn't too surprised if she turned out to be some princess.

Kimigiku walked up to me, and without another word threw me over her shoulder. I let out a squeal as she left the room with Sen behind.

"No, no, no, no! I don't wanna go back there!" I sounded and acted like a kid as I pounded at Kimigiku's back, making so much noise as we all headed back to the Shinsengumi. I was crying and screaming by now--I really didn't want to meet Okita Souji after that confession.

It seemed like a long time before I was thrown quite gently to the wooden floor of the headquarters. I winced from the impact and looked up to see the captains of the Shinsengumi staring at the three of us. Yuri and Eri were both scowling at me--they were probably furious with me running off without consent. They couldn't leave to look for me too--that would arise the suspicions of the men.

"H-Hi..." I mumbled, glaring at the floor.

"It's good to see you again, Jun." Kondou spoke first. I let out a soft yet awkward laugh before the room returned to slience. I didn't dare to look up for fear of meeting eyes with Souji.

Sen sighed at me. "Anyway, Jun, I brought you here because I thought that I should let the men who were taking care of you know about this."

Out of the corner of my eye, Yuri and Eri straightened.

"About what?" I asked.

"I've come to take you."

My head jerked up in disbelief. "What? Take me?" I looked into her eyes, and knew that she wanted me to trust her.

"There's no time." Kimigiku spoke in a hasty manner. "We must make preparations to leave immediately."

"Hey! You just barge in here, ask for an audience, and spring this on us!" Nagakura exclaimed. "I think it's about time you told us what the hell's goin' on here!"

I nodded in agreement, and Sen sighed. "Yes, very well. I shall begin at the beginning." She looked at all of us seriously. "You are familiar with Kazama, yes? I hear you have crossed swords with him once or twice."

Hijikata's expression turned grim. "How'd you know that?"

"Oh, ah, well, I hear of most thngs that happen in Kyoto. Eventually." Sen looked as if she was trying desperately to explain things.

"Hmm. You're something like Kazama and his punks, aren't you?"

Sen scowled. "I would rather prefer not to be associated with his ilk, but yes, in a sense you are correct." Hijikata asked her to continue, and she did. "Then you are also aware that he is pursuing your lady friend here?" She looked at me, and I gulped before glimpsing at the twins. Did they tell her anything about me being a succumbus?

"Stop." I blurted out. "I...don't want to hear it anymore." I glared at the twins, who looked like they were planning something.

"You know it yourself, do you?" Sen prompted. "The twins over there are also aware of this fact."

With a blink of an eye, Yuri was in front of Sen. Kimigiku stepped forward to block her, and she was just in time for that.

"Don't you dare say a word, Sen." Yuri's words were dripping with menace, and I flinched.

Eri stood up and pulled his sister back. "Yuri. Don't be reckless."

"She's going to say everything!" The twin burst out in anger before turning to me. "You told her, didn't you!?" She struggled against her brother's grip. "I should have ended Chizuru's life!"

I shot up from the floor. "You can't! I didn't say anything!"

"Quiet!" Kondou raised his voice. I looked back at him in shock--he rarely did shout. "What is going on here?"

Sen sighed as Eri pulled Yuri a safe distance away from her. "I was getting to that. You do know that they are demons, right? Excellent." She paused as Kimigiku moved away. "I am not a human either. I am also a demon." My jaw dropped. "I am, in fact, a princess. Princess Sen." She bowed elegantly.

"You are a demon princess?" My mind was in a whirl now--I didn't expect that although I did thought of it.

"I come from a family of ninja who have served Princess Sen and her family for generations." Kimigiku said. Hijikata then spoke, commenting about that night at the Shimabara. Nagakura took the news in shock as he openly stared at her.

Sen then proceeded to explain that demons had been living in the country for a long time now, and was mostly wiped out when they refused to help humans with their affairs. "These days, there are a few demons who can claim a pure bloodline. Currently, the largest pureblood family in the west is the Kazama, who have the support of the Satsuma Domain. In the east, the largest family is the Yukimura."

"The Yukimura!?" I choked.

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Yup, another author's note saying that I'm busy and blah blah blah.

Such excuses. I really feel like slapping myself sometimes...Okay, maybe all the time.

Today I was so bored that I began imagining and brainstorming about...stuff. Like Reborn into Hakuouki!? and also the sequel, Transferred into Hakuou!?

Oh, and another new book...

You know the new otome game released in English recently? Code: Realise? Yes, I'm playing that (Obviously, for someone who loves otome games to the point of playing twenty plus otome games a day...), and I decided on how the, well, original character should be.

Obviously she's going to be another tsundere...except that you can't really tell as easily as Jun. And I'm planning to make her pretty arrogant...OPPS, SPOILERS ALERT!

Another spoiler will be that she kind of time-traveled like Jun, but the twins or demons or anything supernatural-like will be involved with her time-travelling thing.

I said too much.

Well, if you do like this series, please do check out when the first chapter comes out! I will try to write everyday (from yesterday onward) so...

Please do have a great time reading!

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