Kagekao awoke to a bright but dimming light shining through the window. He had fallen asleep, and had slept through the day. Now it was at the end of the day, and the sun was almost finished setting.
Kage sat up and yawned. Looking around the room, he saw that he was still alone. A big part of him had hoped that he would wake up to find someone else here, but there was no one.
He took the blanket off of him and stood up. Kage walked over to the window and looked outside. The sun had dropped below the horizon and the light in the sky was fading to darkness.
He opened up the window and poked his head out, looking down at the streets. There were a few cars, and one or two humans walking along the street. Kage climbed out and onto the wall, shutting the window behind him. He climbed up to the roof and pulled himself up.
Looking up at the sky, there was a brilliant half-moon surrounded by a few stars. One by one, more stars came into view. Soon, the sky was full of wondrous stars. Kage gazed up at the celestial bodies; they cheered him up a little bit, they certainly were quite beautiful.
Walking over to the edge of the roof, Kage looked down at the city. Because of the time of day, many lights were on, illuminating certain areas and leaving dark shadows in some.
Even though it was the opposite of what he wanted, Kage could feel that no one was going to come to him. He had to go out and discover who he was by himself. But first, of course, he needed somewhere to start.
Kage looked out at the city; much of it seemed the same; buildings and roads. He wanted to start off with somewhere more significant than just a tall building. Then he saw someplace that might be a good start; it looked like a park.
Kage climbed over the edge of the roof and onto the wall, and then he climbed down until he was a little higher than the roof next to the building he was on, and jumped over to it. Then from that rooftop, he jumped to another; and made his way towards the park.
On the way there, he stopped many times to look around at his surroundings. Because of this, getting to the park took a while. By the time he reached the park, an hour or two had passed.
The park itself seemed to have nothing out of the ordinary; a pretty standard park. There were trees and paths and benches, everything one would expect to find at a park.
Kage walked along, looking around curiously. Each time a human seemed to be getting nearer; Kage would climb up and hide in a tree until they passed. There didn’t seem to be any other demons around; or shinigami either for that matter.
After a while of looking around and finding nothing significant, Kagekao left and returned to the room.
* * *
The next night, Kage decided to go out again. He returned to the park to check again, just to be sure that he didn’t miss anything that might have been special.
At the park, Kage walked along a path. Suddenly, he heard footsteps getting in the distance. Kage ran behind a small building, and waited for the person to pass. As the footsteps got closer, Kage realized that there was not just one person, but two.
The two people were having a conversation, and as they drew nearer, Kage could hear what they were saying.
“Ugh, I’m glad it’s finally over. You were really starting to piss me off.” The first voice stated. “Can finally move on to another city, the humans in that last one were starting to get suspicious and got more cautious at night.”
“Yeah,” The second voice said, “Here there is much more unsuspecting prey.”
“Tell me again what happened, to be honest; I wasn’t really listening the first time because it sounded like more mindless blather.”
“Gladly. I went over to the house again to kill the little brat, but it turns out he was already dead.”
“You found him dead?”
“Not exactly, the demon told me that ‘his injuries were too great and he died a couple of days ago.’”
“And you believed him?”
“Not at first, I’m not an idiot, so I-”
“Yes you are.”
“黙れ.” (Shut up) The second voice hissed, “So anyway, I didn’t believe them at first. So I searched everywhere, and sure enough; I couldn’t find him. They seemed to be in a lot of emotional distress, and I found bloody bandages and things like that, so they were telling the truth.”
“Finally. I can’t believe it took you that long to kill a child.”
“黙れ.” (Shut up)
“おめでとう, it took you over two weeks to kill someone who wasn’t even a teenager yet.” (Congratulations)
“マジ？黙れ.” (Seriously? Shut up.)
“All because he poked you in the eye.”
“黙れ! He had it coming. Little brat defies me then I kill him.” (Shut up)
“Even with all this plotting and revenge; did you even know his name?”
“No, not like I care.”
“And another thing-”
The voices trailed off as the two people moved on. Once they were away, Kage came out from behind the small building and carried on.
* * *
A little while later, Kage was walking along the path when he saw someone approaching. Kage climbed into a tree before he was seen and waited for the human to pass. As they got closer, Kage saw that someone was following this human. The person following appeared to be a normal human, wearing a white and black suit with a matching fedora, but they also wore an eye mask and faceplate.
This person’s pace was a little bit faster than the normal human’s, so he gradually caught up to him. The human noticed that someone was following him, and turned around to face the person.
“Hey, are you following me?” The human asked, irritated.
The person stopped, but didn’t answer.
“Well, stop it you creep!” The human started to turn around when the person reached forward and grabbed him by the shoulder.
“H-hey! Let go of me you-” The human stopped and gasped in horror as the person’s hand morphed from a normal hand to a demonic claw. Using his other hand, the person reached up to his face and pulled down his faceplate, revealing long, hollow fangs.
The human, terrified, tried to break free of the person’s grasp. From the person’s back, three large sets of wings sprouted and rose into the air. The person shot forward and sunk his fangs into the human’s shoulder.
The human screamed and tried to get away, but it was too late. Soon he was dead, and the person, a shinigami, dropped him to the ground. The shinigami adjusted his faceplate so it was back in normal position on his face, and his wings folded neatly on his back.
“すごい . . .” (Wow . . .) Kage uttered quietly, he had watched the whole scene from his hidden perch in the tree.
The shinigami heard him, and turned to look towards the tree. Kage, seeing that he had been spotted, tried to move higher in the tree to hide.
The shinigami flew over and looked up into the tree. Seeing the fleeing demon, he reached up and grabbed Kage’s leg. With one swift maneuver of his arm, the shinigami pulled Kage out of the tree and dropped him to the ground.
Kage got up quickly and stared at the shinigami, not knowing what to do. The shinigami inspected him quickly, and then spoke.
“So, I’m guessing you’re the resident demon of this city?” The shinigami inquired.
“Umm . . . I guess so.” Kage responded, a little uncertain.
“Well then, just know this;” The shinigami leaned forward slightly and growled. “Stay out of my way, and don’t take my kills.”
Kage was silent, and the shinigami turned and started to walk away.
“おまえどこに行くの？” (Where are you going?) Kage asked, watching the shinigami leave.
“人殺しにいきます.” (To kill people.) The shinigami responded, not turning or slowing down.
Kage began to walk towards the shinigami, following him. The shinigami stopped and turned, irritated.
“何してるの？” (What are you doing?) He hissed.
“見てみたい.” (I want to see) Kage responded, interested in the shinigami’s method of murder.
“占めた、台無しない.” (Fine, just don’t ruin anything.) The shinigami responded grudgingly.
“オイ、オレはカゲカオ.” (Hey, I’m Kagekao.)