Kagekao was still confined to staying inside the house. It was a good thing, even if Kage didn’t see it that way, because his wounds hadn’t fully healed yet; however, because he couldn’t go outside, he was constantly bored throughout the day.
When night finally arrived, Kage climbed into bed to go to sleep. After a few long minutes, he felt himself drifting off; but someone opened the door to his room and rushed inside. It was Yuki; she shut the door silently and then looked at Kage.
“お母さん? 何で-？” (Mom? What is-?) Kage started, but Yuki quickly motioned for him to stay quiet. She pulled him out of bed and looked around the room. Spotting a shadowy area beside the bed, she crouched down there and hid in the dark. She motioned for Kage to do the same, so he did.
“何-?” (What-?) Kage started to ask again, but Yuki quieted him.
Kage was confused, but he obeyed. They sat in silence for a couple of minutes. The only noise was of the wind blowing through the trees outside, and maybe a few frogs or crickets chirping. The moonlight was bright and shined through the window, casting its light onto the floor.
Then a new noise was heard. It sounded like footsteps on grass, and it was getting closer. Yuki pressed herself against the wall to hide better, and Kage did the same.
Someone passed by the window and stopped. Their shadow appeared in the square of light on the floor that was coming through the window. From the shadow they could see that the person had three pairs of wings on their back; Kage knew that it was one of the shinigami standing there.
The shinigami stopped and looked through the window; however, he didn’t open it. After scanning the dark room, the shinigami moved on; Yuki and Kage remained hidden and unnoticed.
Kage looked up at Yuki, his eyes wide with worry, and a bit of relief that the shinigami hadn’t spotted them.
“He’s gone; are we safe now-?” Kage started to ask, but was interrupted by a loud sound of something slamming into something, and splintering wood.
Kage jolted in sudden shock. The noise was quickly followed by another of the same sort, and then yet another. Kage tried to hide better, but Yuki stood up quickly and pulled him up.
The loud noises continued, and each time the splintering sound seemed to get worse. Yuki ran over and opened the window. She quietly motioned to Kage to go through, and he climbed outside. She followed him and then closed the window.
The sounds continued outside; they were coming from the other side of the house. Yuki took Kage’s hand and they rushed over to a tree. They climbed it and hid in its branches.
From this view Kage could see the source of the loud noises. It was Scollex; he was slamming himself on the door to try and break it down. The wood was splintering, and was nearing its breaking point.
Ascaris was also there. He was flying around the sides of the house and looking into the windows to try and see if the residents were still there.
Scollex drew back, and then flew towards the door at a quick speed. With one last scream of splintering wood, the door collapsed. Scollex rushed inside. Ascaris, hearing Scollex’s triumph over the door, went around the front and entered as well.
Scollex rummaged around the house; looking for the demons. He upturned furniture angrily, growling at the fact that he couldn’t find any of them. He opened and closed door after door, searching rapidly.
Finally he stopped and turned to face Ascaris, who had been following; but not helping to search.
“くそ,アスカリス!” (Dammit Ascaris!) Scollex roared, “I thought you said that they lived here!”
“Well, that’s what I saw.” Ascaris replied calmly. “The other night I saw the kid you’re trying to kill here.”
“They must be hiding around here somewhere!” Scollex growled and looked around.
“Maybe it was your ‘stealthy’ way of getting in that drove them away.” Ascaris remarked sarcastically. “Probably should have been quieter.”
“You know, you can at least help look!” Scollex snarled and continued to search.
“If I help, will you promise to stop bitching about this situation for at least a few days?”
“Fine, just look!”
Ascaris sighed and walked into another room, he began looking around for any secret compartments or areas that could serve as hiding places.
Outside, Kage and Yuki remained silent; the seconds felt like minutes. Kage suddenly realized that he didn’t know where his father was. He looked around the house quickly to see if he was still inside or by a window.
He gave a sigh of relief when he saw Kurai outside the house and in a tree. Kurai jumped down silently from the tree and approached the doorway of the house. He peered in at the shinigami, who had not noticed him.
Suddenly, Kurai let out an ear shattering demonic shriek and unsheathed his large claws. Scollex turned and saw him, and then rushed at him, snarling.
Kurai turned and swiftly climbed back up the tree he had been hiding in. Scollex flew up the branches to try and attack him; Kurai jumped from that tree to another, and then another. Scollex raced after him, swiping his claws at the fleeing demon.
Ascaris also exited the house and followed his brother, although not as quickly and not enraged.
Yuki jumped down from the tree, Kage was about to follow her, but she looked back up at him.
“カゲ、ここに鋳て!” (Kage, stay here!)
“はい” (Yes) Kage replied, his voice wavering and frightened.
Yuki ran off in the direction of the shinigami to assist Kurai.
Kage remained in the tree, hidden amongst its branches. Soon the sound of the two shinigami and the two demons faded; leaving Kage once again in the silence and stillness of the night. After a few minutes, Kage decided that it was safe to come down.
He landed silently on the grass and turned towards the house. He stopped when he saw someone approaching.
“お父-?” (Fa-?) Kage was about to call out, thinking that it was his father, but quickly stopped himself. The person approaching was definitely not his father.
Kage turned and climbed up the tree again. He hid in the branches, waiting for the person to pass by. The person approaching was not his father; but Scollex. Fortunately, Scollex had not seen nor heard Kage, so he assumed that the area was empty; but was going to search anyway. Scollex’s claws were out, and one of them had blood dripping off of it.
Scollex took off his eye mask to see around better; the light of the moon was not harsh enough to harm his eyes; or eye. Kage could see the empty socket of Scollex’s left eye, like a shadow of the fight that had occurred between the two of them.
As Scollex got closer to the tree, Kage grew frightened and climbed higher into the branches. But as he climbed, his foot slipped and he fell a small distance. A sharp branch had scraped across his chest, reopening a wound.
Kage restrained himself from making any noise of pain, but the blood began to well up. Scollex was getting closer, and was now under the tree that Kage was in; looking around. Kage held onto his open wound; but the blood flowed through his fingers. A drop fell, and hit Scollex on the shoulder.
Scollex stopped, and looked over at the red spot of blood on him. Then he looked up and emitted a low growl. Kage tried to remain still, but yet another droplet of blood fell. Scollex snarled and came at him in a burst of speed. Kage frantically tried to climb higher, escaping Scollex’s slashing claws by but a few inches.
Scollex, whose wings were too large to fit between the dense branches, began to tear off boughs of the tree. Kage rapidly climbed higher as Scollex got closer.
Kage, now at the top of the tree, looked around for another place to flee to. Panicking, he jumped off of the tree and fell on the ground. In his rage, Scollex did not notice that Kage had jumped off, and continued tearing branches off of the tree.
Kage quickly fled into the house; he opened the window to his room and climbed in, and then shut it.
Due to the shinigami searching the house, Kage’s room was a mess. But Kage hid himself behind the bed in the shadows, and waited for Scollex to leave.
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After about half an hour, Kage got up quietly. He opened the window and poked his head out. Scollex was gone, but the tree that Kage had been hiding it was almost completely rid of its branches. The branches lay on the ground in splinters and chunks of wood.
Kage closed the window and hid again. He wiped the blood off of him with a cloth, and desperately hoped that his parents would return soon.