About ten years pass by. Kurai, Yuki, and Kage were all doing well for themselves. Kurai and Yuki taught Kage many things over the years; skills and abilities that would aid him in his life. Kage was eager to learn, although sometimes forgetful of key attributes; such as when you climb a tree, you need to keep your claws unsheathed or else you fall, which he did; many times.
Over time he mastered his claws and climbing abilities, and had mastered his parkour skills as well. He wasn’t allowed to go out and ‘hunt’ like his father did in the city; so he spent a lot of his time chasing after animals and or birds. He never killed them unless they were big enough to eat though.
Kurai and Yuki had taken Kage to the city only a few times to teach him about it. Kage wasn’t allowed to go to the city unsupervised, so the visits were always fun and wondrous to him.
They didn’t allow Kage to go without one of them because of the dangers of the city. Humans could be armed with guns and or knives, and often were the type to harm what they didn’t understand or scared of. The shinigami wandered around, which was also a great danger. They rarely entered the woods, so Kage was protected in the safety of the woods.
Kage was also very curious, and would probably get into trouble if left by himself in the city. There was still much that he didn’t understand, and would have to learn in due time.
One night Yuki decided to take Kage to the city again. She went out first to check if there were any humans and or shinigami around, and then came back for Kage. They left the safety of the woods and started towards the tall buildings. Kage was always full of questions when he saw things that he didn’t understand.
“Mom, what’s that?” Kage pointed towards a light hanging above the street, its red light was on, even though there were no cars on the road to obey it.
“That’s a stoplight, it tells the cars when they can and can’t go.”
“What about that thing?” Kage pointed at another light, this one at the end of a curb.
“That’s the light that tells the humans if they can or can’t cross the street.”
“The humans are controlled by lights? Does that mean if we control the lights; we control the humans?” Kage contemplated this thought, and Yuki laughed.
* * *
Kurai, on the other hand, had gone to the city to go ‘hunting.’ He enjoyed this sport of stalking and killing humans, although he didn’t bring Kage along because it was dangerous. He longed for the day when Kage would be old enough and have enough knowledge of the city to come along with him.
Kurai climbed along the rooftops with ease. He scanned the sidewalks and streets for people; so far seeing none. He spotted something odd drifting in the street and went down to investigate.
Looking both ways to make sure a car or a human would not see him, he went out to the street and picked up the peculiar object; it was a large feather, golden with a black tip. He dropped the feather to the ground and climbed back up to the building, and headed away from the spot; he didn’t want to trifle with the shinigami.
Going in a different direction, Kurai listened to the night; first hearing only silence, then the small sound of footsteps. He crawled towards the noise, and on top of a building he looked down at the one making the noise. There was a single man down there on the sidewalk; presumably walking home.
Kurai grinned; the prey was in sight. He climbed along the rooftops, following the person. He didn’t notice that someone else was also out hunting tonight.
* * *
Yuki and Kage walked along; Kage asking questions are various things and Yuki answering them.
“What’s that?” Kage pointed towards something in the street; a large black and gold feather. Yuki was about to answer when she stopped. Kage looked up at her, confused.
“What’s wro-?” Kage started, but she stopped him; motioning him to be quiet. She listened to the still night; a car in the distance, the wind blowing, a cricket or two chirping, and wing beats.
Yuki took Kage’s hand and quickly walked him into an alley where they hid in the shadows.
“Mom?” Kage asked, slightly frightened. Yuki motioned him to stay quiet and stay still.
The wing beats got louder as they got closer; and then the one making them passed by the entryway of the alley. He was dressed in a white and black suit, along with a matching fedora to go with it. His hair was also black and white, and he wore an eye mask and faceplate with kanji symbols painted on them. On his back were three sets of wings; the largest, bat wings; the second were feathered white wings with black tips; and the third were a small pair of dark gray wings.
This person was flying, or more likely, levitating along the sidewalk. His large feathered wings beat every few seconds. He stopped in front of the alleyway, noticing something. The wings stopped beating and he alighted on the ground, wings folding neatly on his back. One of his hands morphed into claws, and he scanned the alleyway.
Fortunately, he didn’t notice Yuki and Kage hiding in the shadows. His claws morphed back into a hand, and he headed away; this time walking instead of Flying.
After a few minutes, Yuki took Kage out of the alley; he was gone now. Kage stared at the direction the person had gone, confused.
“Who or what was that guy?” He asked curiously.
“That was Scollex; a shinigami. Don’t ever go near him Kage; he’s dangerous.” They began to walk again.
“He doesn’t seem that tough.” Kage remarked, a hint of scorn in his voice.
“Don’t think he’ll go easy on you just because you’re young. Scollex doesn’t have a limitation on what he kills; he’d kill an infant if someone left it alone.”