Hiroyuki Hisashi 2

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Submitted: March 24, 2016

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ADE IN:

EXT. ship -- MORNING

Doesn't matter from where you look at it, it is a beautiful place. Up, from the sky, the sunlight gently touches the hundred of rivers.

Now is such a warm day, but the memories of the past night are still there. That storm, the thunders that almost broke the sky.

That old ship is still in one piece, again and again, in the storm, the sea tried to break it.

The water in the wind took with it a lot of sailors to the abyss. AIJI, the captain did his best to protect everyone, to protect his ship.

In that storm, he holds still the stern. A powerful wind pass and take away his hat.

Now, in the sunlight, he looks at everyone, at his crew, happy that they are safe. One of them, KUJO, the eldest one, puke at the edge of the ship.

Aiji looks at him, so sad, he knows that this is the last time for the old man on the sea.

From the main mast, one of the sailors yells so happily.

sailor

Land! Captain, we are closer to the land!

aiji

To the Island of Shadows, gentlemen! With all speed ahead!

The pirates raised the black flag with the white skull and follow the order of the captain. One of them, in a corner, sing at accordion.

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EXT. village  -- LATER

Hiroyuki Hisashi rides his white horse as the wind, he cross the forest and then arrive in the village.

He looks around so mad, the houses are now empty, in a place the fire is burning, cooking some kind of pig. At a table there are some people, thieves, drinking.

An arrow touches his hair and then he stop and look back. The thieves are there.

thief 1

Who are you?

takemoto

I'm Hiroyuki Hisashi!

THIEF 2

And what bring you here, Hiroyuki Hisashi?

TAKEMOTO

Do I want to ask you the same thing: what are you doing here?

All the thieves come around and start to laugh.

TAKEMOTO

What is so funny?

THIEF 1

Listen, kid, you shouldn't be here... not alone, anyway!

TAKEMOTO

Did You attack the village near the river Biwa?

THIEF 1

Maybe we did, maybe not.

On the staff, Takemoto's hand start to shake of anger.

TAKEMOTO

Why? Why did you murder those innocent souls?

THIEF 1

Have you a problem with this?

TAKEMOTO

Damn you...

Takemoto raises his staff and burns alive that thief. In the next moment, he is surrounded. He look at them, listen their every movement and then stop the attack of one of them.

So angry he jump from the horse and start to fight back. All of them fight against him, but he put them all to the ground, without even using magic. He beat them until their bones are broken.

His kimono is covered with blood, but he still keep fighting, killing all of them.

He breathes hard, covered with blood and then look back when he hear a clap. KIM EUN SHIN, come closer and smile.

eun shin

I'm impressed!

TAKEMOTO

So was I, when I saw my people dead.

EUN SHIN

So here you in the end...

TAKEMOTO

Who are you?

EUN SHIN

It doesn't matter who I am, important is, who are you?

TAKEMOTO

You are not a daemon, but neither human! What are you?

EUN SHIN

You ask too many questions, prince Takemoto! Don't forget you are on my territory... and I'm not like them!

Takemoto look at him, something is so strange about that person, in a way or another, the prince feels fear about him.

TAKEMOTO

How do you know who I am?

EUN SHIN

I know more than you can imagine! You were born and raised as a prince, under the protection of the king, maybe Eiji is your father, but you will never be his son! No matter how hard you try, you will never belong to this world!

TAKEMOTO

You don't know anything about me!

Eun Shin starts to laugh.

EUN SHIN

Hiroyuki Hisashi! Leave from here! And never come back!

TAKEMOTO

You killed my people!

EUN SHIN

They did, and now you murdered them, so leave!

He turns to leave, but Takemoto attacks him. Eun Shi stops and smile, then the attack just disappears.

EUN SHIN

Don't play with the fire, young prince!

TAKEMOTO

Leave from this kingdom!

EUN SHIN

I'm afraid that is not something you decide.

Eun Shin wants to leave, but Takemoto attack again. So angry, he turn back and fight back! The prince is hit by the ground, bleeding.

EUN SHIN

If Tao has something against me, he should come here by his own!

Takemoto stands up, he notices that is bleeding, and the pain is terrible.

EUN SHIN

Go back to the palace, prince! There is your place!

Eun Shin leave and go back to the table and start to drink sake. Takemoto stands up and looks at him so angry, but then, take his horse and leave.

EUN SHIN

Damn it!

Eun Shin is so angry for some reason, he look at the bottle of sake and it breaks.

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INT. Shadow island -- NIGHT

On the Island of Shadows, Aiji and his crew enter in a tavern. The innkeeper lady, HELDA, a 60 years old woman, throw a bottle at the head of a french pirate who is fighting with another one.

helda

Captain Aiji! I'm so glad that you are here! Please do something, they are destroying my tavern.

AIJI

Liang! Xian! Throw the french trash outside!

The two Chinese pirates from Aiji's crew bow in front of him, then they grab the french people by the kimono and throw the outside.

The captain and the others sit at a table and then, in no time, Helda bring them beer.

HELDA

For you will be always from the house.

The crew starts to smile, but Aiji grabs the woman's hand when she want to leave.

AIJI

Helda! The pirates use to speak a lot! coming here and get drunk they tell stories... stories that your ears know so well!

HELDA

Aiji! How can you say that I listen to what my customers are speaking!

Aiji takes a dagger and stabs the table with it. The music stop and everyone look at him.

AIJI

Who is Hiroyuki Hisashi? Tell me!

HELDA

I swear, Aiji! I never heard of him!

Aiji stands up and catches her by the neck.

AIJI

Speak!

HELDA

Everyone who pass from here spoken about him.

AIJI

Why?

HELDA

I don't know.

AIJI

You lie!

HELDA

It was a ship, the Koreans pirates... they said that are going to the kingdom, one of them, the captain, a wizard asked about him as well.

AIJI

A wizard?

HELDA

Yes. At the beginning, he seems to be so calm, a kind person, but then, when a drunk man falls on his table he just killed him, and then start to fight with everyone.

AIJI

Kim Eun Shin!

Aiji let the woman go, he sit at the table and drink his beer.

AIJI

Another one!

HELDA

Yes, captain!

Aiji looks around him, the music begins again, all of them look on the other side, trying to avoid his eyes. Everyone but a 14 years old boy, RIKU, he was staring but when he see the cold from Aiji's eyes, he look at the table.

kujo

Captain, where are we going now?

AIJI

I'm afraid that for you the adventure stops here, sir!

KUJO

No! Please, captain, let me come with you!

AIJI

It would be too much for you! We all were so scared in the past few days... honestly, I never thought you will survive.

KUJO

Captain, if I will die, at least, let me die on the sea.

AIJI

That is my final decision! You will stay on the island.

The old man bites his lips and almost cry. His fingers grab the beer so tight, and a tear fall from his eyes.

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INT. death defile  -- NIGHT

He sees everything so confuse, sleeping, Tao move his fingers and then a fist. It was a nightmare, a memory.

He can feel a pain.. and then the humiliation. He was just a child, so small and fragile, with his body so wounded.

He is hit on the ground by other children who are beating and making fun of him. He screams, but they keep hitting him until he spits blood.

They want to hit again, but then one of them is throw in the river, then the others look back and see a child with long and dirty azure hair.

eiji

Fire!

They are wounded so badly, all their body is bleeding. The other one get out from the water and when Eiji raise his hand again, they start to run.

Tao stands up and keeps something so close to his chest, trying to hide it.

EIJI

Are you master Shen's student?

He approved by shaking his head.

EIJI

I'm Eiji.

tao

I'm Tao.

EIJI

You shouldn't let them hurt you, you could kill them.

TAO

The master said that my power is too dangerous and I shouldn't use it on humans.

EIJI

Yes, but sometimes, they are too cruel... they are monsters, not humans.

Eiji comes closer and when he want to see what Tao is keeping so tight, he is pushed away and fall in the water.

TAO

Eiji!

The water of the river take Eiji away and he can only to scream. Tao run and follow the river, he is scared and he know that not far from there is the waterfall.

Eiji is hit on the head by a rock and fall unconscious, and now the water just takes him away.

Tao jump in the water and even without knowing that, he loses the pendentive that he was keeping so tight.

He swims, trying to arrive at Eiji, but the current was too strong. He sees in front the rocks that lead to the waterfall, but then a wipe catches Eiji's body and takes him out of the water.

He look at the waterfront and see a daemon, but then he just scream, and close his eyes... but nothing. Tao opens his eyes and sees that daemon catching him, taking him into his arms.

Sleeping, Tao wakes up so scared, sweating and shaking. Hina, scream of pain when he grab her by the hand.

HINA

No, Tao! It's me, Hina!

Tao looks at her and breath so deep and then lets her go.

TAO

I'm so sorry!

He get out from the bed and go outside. Hina goes after him, she notice how angry he is and gently touch his hand.

HINA

It was just a nightmare, calm down, tiger!

TAO

No, it was more than that, it was a memory.

HINA

The same as the one from last night?

TAO

No. It was the day when I met Eiji when he was about to die in the river when I lost my master's pendentive.

He stays so quiet for a moment.

TAO

That daemon that took us out from the water, I never found who he is... and I know that I will never see him again.

HINA

How knows! Maybe he is close by, and that is why you have all those dreams.

TAO

I don't think so, he was strong, so strange... if he would be close, I would feel him.

HINA

Things will go crazy soon, why don't you help Eiji's son? Please, Tao, don't let him die.

TAO

Enough! I will decide when the time will come.

Hina looks at Tao and she doesn't understand what is happening with him. In general, he would never speak about the past... for him, the past is dead.

HINA

You are just angry... try to calm down!

TAO

I'm more than angry! Something bad will happened, Hina... I can feel it.

Hina looks into Tao's eyes and gets scared. She doesn't know if is because of him, or there are just her feelings reflected into the eyes of a tiger, but no matter what it is, is too scary.

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EXT. mountains  -- NIGHT

It's raining. A thunder shakes all the ground. Prince Takemoto rides his horse into the mountains, trying to cross it and to go back to the palace.

he is wearing a long and white cap, he ride faster than the wind, but when the trees in front of him start to burn, the horse gets scared and put him to the ground.

Takemoto stands up and looks at the sky, it is a baby dragon, a white one that breath fire.

TAKEMOTO

What the...

Takemoto takes down his cape and his hair turns into that bright azure. The horse runs away and he is all alone.

The dragon attacks him, but Takemoto run. He must be careful on the rocks, so wet, he slip and fall near to the edge of the mountain, but manage to grab some bushes.

TAKEMOTO

You beast!

he close his eyes and put his hand together, around him a powerful wind start. He opens his eyes and attack. It is like a magnetic flux that destroys everything around and put the dragon to the ground.

The beast rise and breath fire. It was so close, but Takemoto scream something, and his magic stops the fire and hit the dragon behind, by the trees.

Takemoto notice that beast is wounded, bleeding, so he attack, but his breath stop it. Takemoto looks up to the sky and sees the rain, then he smile.

Around him a storm begin, he scream and attack, attack after attack, he hit the dragon many times until this one start to bleed and can't stand up.

On the rocks, the dragon makes a sound of pain, bleeding. Takemoto look at it and see that is dying, he bring his hands together again and set everything on fire... but then, the fire stop and Takemoto is hit by a tree.

Walking so slowly, he comes in front of the dragon. HARUKI, a daemon with dark eyes and blonde hair, braided in many tales at the back, wearing a black scarf on his head, he comes closer.

haruki

Why don't you fight with someone that is stronger?

TAKEMOTO

So you think that you are stronger than a dragon?

HARUKI

Do you see any dragon in here? For all the gods... this is just a baby!

TAKEMOTO

A dragon... is still a dragon!

Haruki feels like he lose his minds. A thunder shake all the sky, and then he just hit Takemoto, so fast, so powerful, that this one is put to the ground again.

HARUKI

This is the first time when I see you around here! Who are you?

TAKEMOTO

I'm the son of Eiji!

HARUKI

Hiroyuki Hisashi?

TAKEMOTO

And you are?

HARUKI

Ryutaro Haruki! You better remember this, because next time, I will kill you!

TAKEMOTO

What?

HARUKI

Leave from here, Hiroyuki Hisashi! Leave until is not too late!

Takemoto starts to shake of anger. Those words echoed in his mind, so loud, then he remembers the eyes of Tao, yelling at him, telling him to leave, the Kim Eun Shin, saying the same thing.

He screams and attack Haruki, so powerful, that throw him away over the dragon.

HARUKI

You crazy asshole! If you act like this, I'm afraid you can't stay alive too much...

TAKEMOTO

I don't need your mercy!

HARUKI

That wasn't mercy! You just don't understand! Don't you?

But Takemoto doesn't answer, he just attack again, but this time, Haruki protect himself.

Haruki attack, again and again, but Takemoto fight back, they magic is almost the same. They break everything around, and at some point the prince is hit by a tree and start to bleed. He feels how his bones break.

Haruki attack but he defend it, but then, when they attack at the same time an explosion happened and push Takemoto from the rocks and fall in the gap. He fall in the water of Biwa lake and then to the abyss.

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EXT. SHADOW ISLAND -- MORNING

Looking at the sea, in the wind, Aiji put is a hat on the head. He smile and then gently touch the dagger that he is wearing at his belt.

Next the only sound is a scream, he look back and see the boy from last night crying, with the dagger in his hand, put on the wall.

Aiji goes there and stops in front of him. Riku, looking into his cold eyes, he can't say a word anymore.

AIJI

What is your name, boy?

riku

My name is Riku, sir!

AIJI

And why are you fallowing me, Riku?

RIKU

I am no fallowing you, sir.

AIJI

Really? I saw last night how you were staring at me, and now you are here...

RIKU

I need to warn you, sit! You must not go into the kingdom!

AIJI

And why is that?

RIKU

The dragons.. are gathering from the north.

AIJI

I know! That is the reason why I'm going there.

RIKU

No! Don't go, sir! Please, don't go there.

Aiji looks at the boy so carefully and sees the fear in his eyes.

AIJI

What is there, Riku? What scared you so bad?

RIKU

Nothing!

AIJI

Don't lie! Tell me of what should I stay away... From who? What scared you, child?

RIKU

The one that you are looking for...

AIJI

Who? Speak!

KUJO

Captain! Let the boy be!

AIJI

That is not your concern, Kujo!

Kujo comes there, release the boy and give the dagger to Aiji.

AIJI

Riju! Who is that man that you were speaking about?

RIKU

Hiroyuki... Hiroyuki Hisashi, sir!

AIJI

The son of Eiji!

RIKU

Yes! He must fight for his destiny and you can't do anything to help him.

AIJI

What do you know about this?

RIKU

I... I saw it, sir! Come with me, I will show you!

His hand is bleeding and hurts, but the boy seems too scared of something else. Him with Aiji and Kujo go closer to the sea until they find a small part of the water in the dust.

The boy knees there.

RIKU

Look, sir! Look carefully!

Riku touches the water with his hands and then he closed his eyes. He says something but now can understand what, and then, Aiji cant sees an image in the water.

Aiji looks at that and can't believe that is true. He open his mouth but don't say a word. He can see Kyoto, burning, everything is in the fire, and on the ground are just dead bodies.

The sky is covered with dragons, hundred of them, somewhere on the ground, wearing the king's crown, Kohaku is dying.

He knew some of the daemons, and now he can see their dead bodies. He can hear a scream, and then see Hiroyuki, on the white horse, he take an harpoon from the ground and throw it in the sky.

He kills the white dragon, and then the image disappears. Kujo looks at Riku and sees that he is crying, then he look at the captain and this one is having a shock. Aiji doesn't even breath.

KUJO

Captain!

Aiji doesn't say a word. He is still looking at that water, waiting, but nothing is there.

KUJO

Captain! Are you all right?

AIJI

Kujo-same! Gather the crew, we ride the anchor!

KUJO

Captain!

But Aiji already leaves from there and enter in the tavern.

RIKU

He must not leave!

KUJO

I'm afraid we can't stop him! When Aiji wants something, he would move even the mountains to take it.

RIKU

For him is only death there! A wrong step and everything will be over.

KUJO

He never speaks about the past, but I know that Aiji has a connection with that boy, Hiroyuki Hisashi... something about his father... he will do anything to protect him.

RIKU

No! That is wrong, sit! The captain will die there!

KUJO

Then we should go with him! We should protect him!

RIKU

We?

KUJO

Yes. I'm too old and you are too young. He wants to let me here, on the island, and he will never allow you to go on the sean. Listen, Aiji can't know about this, we will go on the ship in secret, without his accept.

RIKU

I... I'm scared, sir!

KUJO

I know! I'm scared too, Riku!

Riku looks at Kujo and sees his kind eyes.

RIKU

I don't want to hear the story of the pirates anymore, I want to be a part of the story myself. I want to be a part of Aiji's crew.

KUJO

Yes! That's the spirit, boy!

Kujo smile, he doesn't know if it will be his end, but at least, he is sure that someone can look after the captain when he will no longer be alive.

RIKU

You know something, sir... maybe my visions can change! Just a different step... and the future can change.

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EXT. river  -- DAY

A small fire is burning and he can feel the smell of fish. Takemoto slowly opens his eyes and look around, but he gets so scared.

TAKEMOTO

Shinju!

SHIORI, a beautiful young lady was near him, and now he grab her hand, shaking, staring at her with huge eyes.

shiori

Hei! Take your hands off me! I'm not Shinju!

Takemoto looks at her, is so hard to believe that she is not the young girl that died 10 years ago in front of him. He let her hand free.

SHIORI

My name is Shiori! I found you two days ago near the river, you were dying!

TAKEMOTO

Thank you!

SHIORI

What? After I saved you live all you can say is thank you?

TAKEMOTO

Please forgive me, but I'm afraid I don't have anything to give you.

SHIORI

I found something... very interesting!

TAKEMOTO

What?

Shiori shows him the royal symbol and then he get scared and want to take it, but she stands up.

SHIORI

As I thought!

TAKEMOTO

Please give it back!

SHIORI

Not until you tell me the truth! Who are you?

TAKEMOTO

Please, give it back to me!

SHIORI

Who are you? Truly?

TAKEMOTO

I... I'm prince Takemoto!

SHIORI

Interesting... so the mysterious Hiroyuki Hisashi is actually prince Takemoto! The king's son.

TAKEMOTO

I'm the son of Eiji!

Takemoto screams at her and his hair chance into azure. The girl looks at him, and can't believe what she see.

SHIORI

Eiji!

Takemoto looks at her and smile, so sad...

TAKEMOTO

Is all right! I might look like him, but I will never be his son... the daemons was right

Shiori sits near him and grabs his hands.

SHIORI

No! Don't speak like that. Don't listen to the word of a stranger, no one knows you... they don't know how you truly are! Even Eiji was weak, he couldn't protect his people, the woman he loved... he never saw his son... you don't have to be like him, stop trying to be him!

TAKEMOTO

Why do you say this? You don't know me either!

SHIORI

Is true, I don't know you... but I can understand you. You were born as a prince, and then become a daemon, not much people would accept that... for all of them, you are prince Takemoto, and for the daemons, you are Hiroyuki Hisashi, you are the son of Eiji.

TAKEMOTO

You speak nice, my lady, but is not that easy. My life is weird, sometimes I feel like I don't have any idea what I'm doing. Like I don't even belong to this world.

SHIORI

No! I can swear that those are the words of Tao and his daemons... right?

TAKEMOTO

Not only Tao! Many things are happening, my lady... the dragons are gathering from the north and is nothing I can do... I'm scared.

SHIORI

Don't be scared! You will never be alone!

Takemoto smile, release his hands and stand up. He make one step and look at the water.

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EXT. SHIP -- LATER

In that cold wind, Aiji look at the sea, he knows that soon the storm will hit again. It is in his blood, from years, he know so well those waters... but know, he is going home.

He can hear some noise on the deck and then he look at one of his sailors.

AIJI

Liang, what is happening?

liang

Captain! You better go and see that!

AIJI

Stay at the helm!

Aiji let Liang in his place and he go on the deck. There, Riku and Kujo are kind.

AIJI

Kujo-same?

Around them, the pirates are threatening them with the sword.

AIJI

Let them be! can't you see that they can't do any harm?

Aiji passes near them and helps Kujo to stand up. The old man grabs Aiji's arm so tight like he doesn't want to let him go away again.

AIJI

Why didn't you listen to me, sir?

KUJO

No, Aiji! The danger is following you, I couldn't let you alone! One more adventure... captain, please! This is my last adventure!

AIJI

You know me, it wasn't easy to let you behind, on the island! But I thought it will be better for you!

KUJO

I know, captain! All my life I was on the sea... all that I want now, is to die on the ship.

AIJI

Even the sky will cry then.

KUJO

We all go sir but is important how we do it. Let me protect you for the last time.

AIJI

You don't know what are you asking me... is hard to decide. I don't want to sign your death myself.

RIKU

We will fight, captain!

AIJI

Tell me, child, did you ever saw a dragon?

RIKU

How bad can it be?

Aiji smiles and opens his kimono. Everyone get scared to see his chest covered with scars.

AIJI

It was 40 years ago, but it will never heal!

Aiji closes his kimono, and Riku doesn't say a word anymore.

KUJO

Don't scare the kid, captain, he will be the one looking after you when I will die.

AIJI

You are both crazy!

KUJO

Maybe we are, captain! But we will still gonna fight near you!

Aiji look at both of them, he knows that nothing will make the old man change his mind, so he just accept.

AIJI

Very well, then!

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INT. palace  -- NIGHT

Takemoto enters in the throne room and walks near the king. Kohaku, general Yoichi, and the prime minister are there.

hachiro

Takemoto! Where have you been? We all were so worried about you.

TAKEMOTO

I'm sorry, Your Majesty! I was attacked by the dragons.

HACHIRO

Look at you, you look like you just get out from bushes. A prince shouldn't look like that!

TAKEMOTO

Your Majesty, the dragons are gathering from the north! And they will attack Kyoto!

HACHIRO

I know, Kohaku just told me! General Yoichi will prepare the army, we must be ready for anything.

TAKEMOTO

That is bad, worse than ever... we won't make it.

kohaku

Takemoto!

Takemoto hears the voice of his brother and he stop speaking for a while.

KOHAKU

We know that the situation will become worse day after day, that is why we need to protect the people. We can rebuild the city, but we will never be able to bring back the people.

hiroshi

That is true! We need to take the people into the mountains!

yoichi

Sir! How can you send the people at the daemons? That is too dangerous.

HIROSHI

General! The soldiers must be there to protect the road!

Yoichi look so angry at the prime minister.

HACHIRO

Kohaku! I want you to be the one how will lead the people to the mountains.

KOHAKU

Yes, Your Majesty!

HACHIRO

Takemoto! You should go with your brother! Please, don't disappoint me!

TAKEMOTO

I will do everything that I can!

The eunuch enters in the room so fast and comes in front of the king.

eunuch

Your Majesty!

HACHIRO

What is happening?

EUNUCH

Xiao Mei, the princes of Han Empire is here!

Her Majesty is wounded, she had been attacked in the mountains.

HACHIRO

What? Is the princess here?

EUNUCH

The doctor is taking care of her.

HACHIRO

Is she that wounded?

EUNUCH

Yes, Your Majesty!

The king stands up and then go immediately outside. The prime minister and the general go after him.

When Takemoto wants to leave, Kohaku grabs his arm.

KOHAKU

Did you lose your minds? What did you want to say to the king? He would ask you how you know about the dragon... and also, you truly wanted to say that the daemons will fight with us?

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku, the daemons begin to kill each other.

KOHAKU

First you should think of your people and then at the daemons.

TAKEMOTO

Thay are my people as well! I can't let them.

KOHAKU

So you will turn your back to your people? For all the gods, Takemoto... they are humans, so weak and fragile, the daemons are strong, they can fight.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku! I'm a daemon as well!

KOHAKU

Yes! But also, you are prince Takemoto!

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku! The prince is weak, is a human... I have a chance as Hiroyuki Hisashi.

KOHAKU

Are you insane?

TAKEMOTO

You said that I can't turn my back to the people.

KOHAKU

If prince Takemoto won't be on the battlefield, the king will kill you.

TAKEMOTO

Why should I just die without doing anything for anyone? I can help them, Kohaku... and if we will have Tao with us, things will be different!

KOHAKU

You think too much about Tao! He won't fight, also, why don't you look around, Xiao Mei was attacked by the daemons.

TAKEMOTO

You think it was Tao's daemons?

KOHAKU

Who else?

TAKEMOTO

I will find out! Now let's go and see the princess.

KOHAKU

Takemoto! Don't sell your soul!

TAKEMOTO

I won't, but I won't forget the death of my master as well. I was trained to fight against the dragons, and I can help. As a prince, please, understand that I won't survive.

KOHAKU

First we will take the people in the mountains... but, we can't take all of them. What are we going to do, Takemoto?

TAKEMOTO

We will take the ones from the capital because here will be the worst!

KOHAKU

Why? Did you ever wonder why? Why the dragons do this?

TAKEMOTO

Many times, but I can't find the answer!

KOHAKU

Fine... let's go and see the princess, I wonder why she came here when is so dangerous. What the hell is wrong with people?

Takemoto smile and then he just follows his brother out of the throne room.

DISSOLVE TO:

Xiao Mei, so young and beautiful. So fine, as a flower. She is wearing a dirty green dress, dirty of blood. The wound at her shoulder is still bleeding.

On the table are the two arrows that the doctor took from her shoulder. When Takemoto and Kohaku enter in the room she wants to stand up.

KOHAKU

Please sit down, Your Majesty!

xiao Mei

Your Highness!

Takemoto looks into her eyes and sees how scared she is, but then, he look at the arrows.

TAKEMOTO

How look the man that attacked you?

XIAO MEI

I don't know. Everything was so fast, they killed my soldiers and manage to robber my, but then I escaped.

TAKEMOTO

In all that crowd, it must be someone, someone that you should see... in general their leaders sit on the edge and watch.

XIAO MEI

I'm sorry, I didn't saw such a person.

KOHAKU

Takemoto! The princess is tired and wounded, stop asking questions.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku, something is wrong...

Takemoto takes the arrows and then he go outside.

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS -- LATER

Somewhere in the mountains forest, near stone fountains, Shiori is trying to see something in the water. She looks so sad. Haruki comes closer and touches her on the shoulder.

HARUKI

Still nothing?

SHIORI

Brother! No, is the same.

HARUKI

What we will gonna do, Shiori? What will happens if we can't find Ryuunosuke?

SHIORI

The world as we know... will no longer be. We are cursed to be killed by the dragons.

HARUKI

Not us, those humans!

SHIORI

Is not their fault for what the ancients did.

HARUKI

How could you say that? The king is still hunting us.

SHIORI

Our king is back! We still have one hope... I'm sure of that.

HARUKI

Shiori... Eiji is dead.

SHIORI

Yes, but his son is alive.

HARUKI

He can't do anything to help us. Our only hope is Ryuunosuke.

SHIORI

But... what if he don't even exist?

HARUKI

Shiori! How can you say something like that?

SHIORI

Haruki...

HARUKI

You are my sister, and you will do as I say!

SHIORI

Yes, brother!

Haruki leave, and then Shiori looks at the water again. She sees how the white dragon is killed by Takemoto, but also. around him is only death. Blood and dead bodies on the ground.

CUT TO:

EXT. PALACE -- NIGHT

Far away a light can be seen in the sky, maybe is a thunder or just the fire of the dragons. Takemoto is on the bridge, in the garden, looking at the water, when Xiao Mei come near him.

TAKEMOTO

Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

I'm sorry, I didn't want to disturb you!

TAKEMOTO

No, you don't disturb me. What bring you here so late?

XIAO MEI

He was a man not very tall, shorter than you, with blue hair, like ink, short hair. He was wearing a white kimono, and he was young... very young.

TAKEMOTO

What?

XIAO MEI

Earlier you asked me if I remarked someone... that daemon was looking like that.

TAKEMOTO

That one... why didn't you told me when I asked you?

XIAO MEI

Because you would be in danger.

TAKEMOTO

Me? Why do you say that?

The princess takes from her kimono a red letter and gives it to Takemoto.

TAKEMOTO

What is this?

XIAO MEI

The daemon told me to give this to Your Highness, I didn't escape, he let me go. He let me live so I can give you this letter. No matter what it is, I guess is important.

Takemoto looks at her for some moments, he knows that she is telling the truth, and then he open the letter and read it.

EUN SHIN (V.O.)

You asked for my name, and maybe is time to know it. From far away, someone is here to help you. I don't agree, but he will do everything to protect you. He will gather the daemons and when the time will come, he will fight for you. Do not disappoint us, kid! Do not disappoint him! Among the daemons I heard that the dragons started to move, is just a matter of time until the war will start. Take your people to the mountains, and then come at me as fast as you can. I'm here and I'm waiting... and so is he. The one that beat you and humiliates you, Kim Eun Shin."

So angry, Takemoto breaks the letter. The princess sees his fear, hate, but she choose to stay quiet.

TAKEMOTO

Why did you do this? Why did you say nothing when you could the letter to the king?

She can't answer, and shy she bow her head.

TAKEMOTO

Did you read the letter?

XIAO MEI

No. I didn't open it.

TAKEMOTO

Why not?

XIAO MEI

I don't know. That was the first daemon I saw, the first massacre and I'm scared. I don't know why but I thought is better to give you the letter. I didn't want to betray you.

TAKEMOTO

To betray me? You don't even know me.

XIAO MEI

Is true, but now it seems I did right. And that make me happy.

TAKEMOTO

Thank you, Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

Your Highness, what you have to do with that daemon?

TAKEMOTO

Trust me, the princess is better not to know.

XIAO MEI

My father sends me here in order to protect me, but I don't want to go in the mountains. I know that will be a lot of people that will choose not to leave their houses, and I will stay to help them.

TAKEMOTO

You have such a kind soul, Your Majesty, but I think is better for you to go on the mountains. There, many people will need your help, as well.

XIAO MEI

Your Highness, please... don't send me there.

TAKEMOTO

I'm afraid is not something I decide.

Xiao Mei looks at the water, in silence.

TAKEMOTO

Your Majesty, please, can you keep this as a secret? It would be better if no one else will find out about the letter.

XIAO MEI

Don't worry, no one will find anything from me.

TAKEMOTO

Thank you, Your Majesty!

From not that far away, the king and the queen look at Takemoto and smile.

HACHIRO

It seems that my son is a man now! He is growing up, my queen!

hajime

Yes, and he made such a good choice. The princess is like a flower, I would love to have her as my daughter.

HACHIRO

Let's hope so.

Takemoto sees his parents so he hug the princess.

XIAO MEI

Your Majesty? What are you doing?

TAKEMOTO

The king is looking at us, better he think something else than to find the truth. Please, forgive me, Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

Is all right, Your Highness!

So shy Xiao Mei put her small hands on the prince's back. Through the kimono, she can feel his strong body. She knows that all this is just because the king is watching, but... she feel something special in her heart... something is changing.

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS -- MORNING

The sun is rising from far away. The army escorts the people of Kyoto into the mountains. Leading them, Kohaku escorted by Takayuki and Takemoto with Fumio are riding in front of the crowd.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku, I have to go!

KOHAKU

What? Go where?

TAKEMOTO

Trust me, I will come back, I promise!

KOHAKU

Where are you going, Takemoto? What the hell are you doing this time?

TAKEMOTO

I'm going to gather the daemons, Kohaku! I will bring an army!

KOHAKU

And you let me alone? What if the thieves will attack?

TAKEMOTO

Be serious, no one will attack you. Also, you are the most powerful warrior of the kingdom, I'm sure you will be fine, and if you want aI can let Fumio with you.

fumio

Where are you going?

TAKEMOTO

You too, Fumio? You should support me!

FUMIO

You might be in danger! What if they will try to kill you?

TAKEMOTO

No, not them. He is not like that.

KOHAKU

Him?

TAKEMOTO

Kim Eun Shin, the one that I told you about last night.

KOHAKU

At least, wait until we take our people in a safe place!

TAKEMOTO

No! It would be too late. I'm going now! I'm sorry, Kohaku!

Kohaku can just watch how fast Takemoto rides his white horse, he get out from the road and enter in the forest.

FUMIO

Should I go with him, Your Majesty?

KOHAKU

No! Let him go, Fumio!

Kohaku breath deep and stay quiet. Even the people wonder where did the prince go.

DISSOLVE TO:

Takemoto ride is a horse as fast as he can. He manages to get out of the forest and cross the river. He pass near Kyosaka and then river Syu, then he arrives in the village.

A small fire is still burning there, the table is empty, but from behind a house, two daemons come closer.

daemon 1

My master is waiting for you.

TAKEMOTO

Where is him now? I must speak with him and I don't have too much time.

DAEMON 2

You should be grateful that he accepted to see you.

Takemoto can hear the words of the daemon, but also something else.

The sun touches his azure hair, so slowly. Takemoto turns back and catches the dagger that was just about to kill him. He catches it by the blade and now is hand is bleeding.

AIJI

I was waiting for you, Hiroyuki Hisashi!

The dagger falls from Takemoto's hand. He can't even hear what Aiji said, he is in shock. For Takemoto it is like a dream... that hair, those eyes... he can't even breath.

TAKEMOTO

Who are you?

AIJI

People use to call me Aiji, but the most important are... who are you?

TAKEMOTO

I'm Hiroyuki Hisashi, Eiji's son.

AIJI

Yes, I know that.

TAKEMOTO

Why did you throw the dagger, you could kill me?

AIJI

I was sure you will catch it.

TAKEMOTO

But if I wouldn't... I would be dead. Why did you do that?

AIJI

If you couldn't, then you would better be killed by me than by others.

With all this, I knew you will catch it... I was sure of that... because I trust you.

TAKEMOTO

You don't even know me.

AIJI

Yes, but I knew your father.

TAKEMOTO

You look just like him. Like my master, who are you, Aiji?

AIJI

Tsuneo... well, you better don't disappoint him! You should fight as Hiroyuki Hisashi if you want to have a chance.

TAKEMOTO

Please answer me, who are you? Is very hard for me to look at you!

AIJI

I'm Eiji's brother. I'm the brother of your father.

EUN SHIN

Are you surprised?

Takemoto didn't realize since when Eun Shin is there, but now, that he can hear him speaking, the prince get scared a bit.

TAKEMOTO

But...

AIJI

I couldn't be there to protect him, but now I'm here to protect you.

TAKEMOTO

I...

EUN SHIN

You lose your time, Aiji! He is nothing like Eiji, he can't help us.

AIJI

You don't have the right to speak! Not even for a second you didn't care about us, you are just a selfish daemon without a soul. You were in the kingdom and still, let your son die. If you haven't done anything for me or Eiji... at least do something for your nephew.

TAKEMOTO

What? What did you say?

Now Takemoto can't believe what he can hear.

EUN SHIN

Yes, I'm Eiji's father. I'm your grandfather.

TAKEMOTO

What kind of grandfather almost kill his nephew in a fight?

AIJI

You did that?

EUN SHIN

Oh, come on! I can see that you are all right!

TAKEMOTO

Also, aren't you too young?

AIJI

Daemons can leave many years, Hiroyuki... and this asshole has 97 years old.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku is taking the people of Kyoto into the mountains, I can't let him alone and by the nightfall, I have to be at the palace. Now, if is not anything else...

AIJI

Hiroyuki! You don't have to be that cold with us. We are just trying to help you.

TAKEMOTO

Thank you!

EUN SHIN

The dragons will be there in few days.

TAKEMOTO

And then, let's hope that the daemons will fight near the royal army.

EUN SHIN

Daemons? Which daemons? No one wants to fight.

TAKEMOTO

No! I will speak with Tao.

EUN SHIN

The tiger already decided that he won't fight.

TAKEMOTO

This is not a choice. We need him.

AIJI

You are just like Eiji... always on the side of that tiger.

TAKEMOTO

No, I'm not like that! Is just that his help can save many lives.

AIJI

Go to the palace and prepare the army. When the time will come, we will be on your side.

EUN SHIN

You trust this boy too much, can't you see how scared he is? Eiji is dead and no one will ever take his place.

Eun Shin leaves without looking back.

AIJI

Please, nevermind him, he was always like this! Hiroyuki, the king must return!

TAKEMOTO

I... I'm not that person!

AIJI

You will see...

TAKEMOTO

Eun Shin is right, I am scared. I feel like I can't do anything about anyone.

AIJI

We are weak in front of the dragons, but we can't just give up. This is our land, our people... our home, and we will fight. I will fight until my last breath.

CUT TO:

EXT. RIVER -- LATER

On the edge of the river, Ryu is with one hand in the water, trying to catch something when master Daiki come near him.

daiki

Ryu, what are you doing?

ryu

Water, water!

DAIKI

What is with the water? What do you see there?

RYU

Fish!

DAIKI

Do You want to catch a fish?

RYU

No... fish... water.

DAIKI

What is with it?

RYU

Dead... is dead... it...

Ryu start to shake and to cry.

DAIKI

What you said, Ryu? Is the fish dead?

RYU

Yes, is dead... beat it... they beat it!

DAIKI

No, Ryu, no one beat the fish. Sometimes, they just die.

RYU

No... they beat it.

Daiki can hear steps, and the he see Takemoto.

DAIKI

Hiroyuki, you're here!

TAKEMOTO

Yes, master! What is happening? Why is he crying?

DAIKI

He found a dead fish.

TAKEMOTO

Ryu, don't cry!

RYU

Is dead... they beat it.. and die.

TAKEMOTO

No, Ryu! It died because it was old.

RYU

Was it old?

TAKEMOTO

Yes. Ryu, do you know someone called Nori?

RYU

Nori? Yes.

TAKEMOTO

Do you?

RYU

No!

TAKEMOTO

Ryu, do you know it or not?

RYU

Yes... I do.

DAIKI

Hiroyuki, please! Don't force him. Why do you ask about Nori?

TAKEMOTO

A daemon named Aiji is asking about him. He said that Nori have a debt to pay to him, and now is the time.

DAIKI

Aiji? For all the gods, Aiji is back?

TAKEMOTO

Yes, I just saw him.

DAIKI

And that means... you know?

TAKEMOTO

Yes, he is my father's brother.

RYU

Brother? I have a brother... I have two.

TAKEMOTO

Ryu, do you remember something?

RYU

No!

Takemoto looks at Ryu and feels a pain, to watch him like this, so mad, so sick. Who is him? Who was him?

DAIKI

Nori was seen near the mountain Atago three days ago. I will send someone to look for him.

TAKEMOTO

No! I don't want you to be here when the dragons will attack.

DAIKI

And where should I go? This is my house.

TAKEMOTO

Please, master, take Ryu and leave from here. Go into the mountains.

DAIKI

No, I will be fine.

RYU

Dragons? Dragons... they will beat me... they want to beat me...

Ryu start to cry again. Takemoto looks at him and sees how scared he is.

DAIKI

What you will do, Hiroyuki?

TAKEMOTO

I will fight back.

DAIKI

Aiji... I would like to see him... even one more time.

TAKEMOTO

He... he looks just like Tsuneo.

DAIKI

Yes, they are twins. It was very hard to know who is who when they were young.

TAKEMOTO

What? Tsuneo was...

DAIKI

No... you didn't know? Aiji didn't tell you?

TAKEMOTO

My master was...

DAIKI

I'm so sorry, Hiroyuki! Yes, Tsuneo was your father's brother.

TAKEMOTO

But...

DAIKI

He wanted to keep it as a secret, to be easier for you.

TAKEMOTO

My master...

DAIKI

Tsuneo and Aiji look like their mother, but Eiji looks like his father. You look so much like your grandfather.

TAKEMOTO

No! I'm nothing like Eun Shin! I'm like Eiji...

DAIKI

Hiroyuki! Did you ever saw...

TAKEMOTO

yes. Kim Eun Shin is in the kingdom with Aiji! He is the one that attacked our village, but you master... you knew that.

DAIKI

I'm sorry, I had to keep it secret, to protect you.

TAKEMOTO

What else should I know?

DAIKI

That he was looking for you. Listen, Takemoto... he is very dangerous and powerful... but you are his blood, he will never hurt you.

TAKEMOTO

I'm afraid he already did that.

Daiki smile and look at Takemoto.

TAKEMOTO

What is it, master?

DAIKI

Nothing... but you look like him more that you can imagine...

The master still smile and then leave.

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS -- NIGHT

The full moon shines in the sky in the night. Escorted by Takayuki and Fumio, Kohaku is coming back home from the  mountains.

FUMIO

He should come back by now!

KOHAKU

Don't worry, maybe he went straight to the palace.

FUMIO

I doubt he is not like that.

KOHAKU

Calm down, Fumio! Takemoto is stronger that all of us, he will be fine.

The horses become nervous, Kohaku looks around, but no one is there.

TAKayuki

Your Highness!

Something is wrong, someone is watching them. They want to keep going, but soon the daemons surrounded them. Shi Hong comes closer to Kohaku.

KOHAKU

I know your eyes... you are one of the daemons that we helped to escape 10 years ago.

shi hong

It has been some time, Kohaku! You grow up!

TAKAYUKI

How dare you to talk like that?

SHI HONG

What can I do when I'm just a daemon.

TAKAYUKI

You...

KOHAKU

Takayuki, enough! Please, let us pass!

SHI HONG

I can't! This is our land, no one pass trough here without paying.

KOHAKU

How dare you? This is robbery!

SHI HONG

Call it as you wish! Money or life, Kohaku!

TAKAYUKI

You bastard!

Takayuki takes his sword and attacks Shin Hong, but he just raise his hand and hit the man with the horse over some rock.

Kohaku jumps from his horse and runs to help his friend. The horse has one leg was broken, bleeding.

KOHAKU

Takayuki!

Takayuki stands up, he look at the horse but is nothing that he can do for it.

KOHAKU

You could kill him!

SHI HONG

Give me the gold, Kohaku, and everyone will be all right.

TAKAYUKI

Damn it! Look around you, bastard! Do you really think that we have any gold with us?

SHI HONG

The king kills and executes our people... I wonder how he would feel if I kill his son?

KOHAKU

So this is the reason, you want to kill me for revenge!

SHI HONG

Revenge? No, I don't have nothing to revenge.

KOHAKU

Then take your daemons and let us pass!

SHI HONG

That horse have his leg broken!

Shi Hong looks at one of his daemons, and this one understand. He take his crossbow and shoot an arrow that kills the animal.

KOHAKU

No! Shi Hong!

Kohaku takes his sword, but he waits.

KOHAKU

Get down on the horse and fight like a man!

SHI HONG

If you can't pay us with gold... then I will have to take something...

Shi Hong gets down from the horse and from the bushes, he breaks a small bamboo steam.

KOHAKU

You just don't want to...

SHI HONG

It is just your fault, Kohaku! You shouldn't come here!

Kohaku scream and attack but Shi Hong not just that he can't even be touched, but he hit the prince over the shoulder and on the back with the bamboo.

TAKAYUKI

Your Majesty!

Kohaku can feel that pain even in his bones, but he can't accept such a humiliation. Shi Hong doesn't even move, even when the prince attacks him.

He could cut his arm, he is so sure of that, but Shi Hong just passes near him, catch his hand, move him to the side and hit him on the back.

Kohaku feels his bones broken, he scream and fall on his knees.

TAKAYUKI

Kohaku! Don't touch him, you bastard!

Takayuki scream of anger, he runs, put on the ground some daemons, like a beast he jump and attack Shi Hong, making him bleed.

Kohaku stands up and looks at them.

SHI HONG

I'm impressed, until now, no one manage to touch me... and to stay alive after that!

TAKAYUKI

Like you, I killed hundred!

KOHAKU

No, Takayuki! Step back, you are wounded.

TAKAYUKI

Fumio, take His Majesty and the people from here!

SHI HONG

No one is leaving! Boys, kill them!

When Kohaku hear such a thing, he becomes even more angry. He grab his sword, forget about his pain, and start to fight.

One of them run and attack Fumio, but Kohaku cut his head. 

FUMIO

Your Majesty!

Fumio feels his blood boiling. He take his halberd and jump from the horse. He enter in the middle of the fight and start to kill daemons.

SHI HONG

If the dragons will attack, then it will be the end. No living creature, both human and daemon can have a chance. But, if we give them what they want, maybe we will survive. After all, you brought this on everyone, in the day when you started to execute us.

TAKAYUKI

If you kill Kohaku, it means nothing. They will attack anyway.

SHI HONG

What do you know? Do you have any idea why the dragons are doing this? What they truly want?

TAKAYUKI

You tell me!

SHI HONG

The death of the king!

Shi Hong throws away the bamboo and then use his magic. He form a ball of energy and hit Takayuki by the trees, and then this one just fall on the ground.

That sound made everyone stop. Kohaku looks carefully, but the daemon attack again. When he see Takayuki moving, his magic hit him by the ground.

KOHAKU

No! Takayuki!

Fumio can just watch them, but Kohaku run and fall on his knees near Takayuki.

KOHAKU

Takayuki! No! Takayuki!

He move Takayuki's body and see that his nose is bleeding. Shi Hong passes near his daemons and walks closer.

SHI HONG

The death of the king will stop the anger of the dragons. This is the only way!

Around him appears his spiritual energy. Kohaku looks at him, and then at Takayuki.

He can't wait, if Shi Hong will change, no one will be alive anymore. Kohaku stands up, take his sword and attack. The daemon fight back, but this time, Kohaku can't be put on the ground.

SHI HONG

Die! For all of us, just die!

Kohaku run and attack, Shi Hong use his magic, the prince is pushed behind, but he stand up and take a dagger from his boots and throw it into the daemon.

Kohaku is hit by the blood blades of the daemon, break his body and hit by the ground.

Nothing... so quiet. Fumio's heart beat like a drum.

In the same time with the wind, Shi Hong's body fall on the ground. He can see his daemons running, near him, trying to help him... but it was useless.

Shi Hong is dead.

The dagger that Kohaku throw is now on this one's forehead. One of the most powerful daemons was killed by a human.

Fumio hears a screaming, and then he see Tao with Xue Qin. They get down from the horses and run hear Shi Hong.

TAO

Shi Hong! Shi Hong!

Tao scream and yell his friend's name. He look around and see Kohaku bleeding, near Takayuki who is too wounded to move.

When Kohaku see the eyes of Tao he stands up.

TAO

YOU! Stupid child! What have you done!

Deep from his chest, Tao growls like a tiger. He make few steps, then run, turn into a tiger and break the chest of Kohaku.

Xue qin

Tao! Don't!

But the tiger can't even hear. He growls again and attack again. Fumio closes his eyes, but then when, he can hear a powerful screaming, so scared, he opens his eyes.

Takemoto is near his brother and the tiger is hit by the rocks.

TAKEMOTO

Stop this, Tao! Stop it!

When the tiger attacks again, Takemoto uses his magic. Hit by a tree so powerful, the daemon change into a man again, He spit blood and stand up, even if his all body is shaking.

TAO

How dare you... how are you to attack me?

TAKEMOTO

I won't let you kill my brother.

TAO

I will kill both of you! I will turn you into pieces!

XUE QIN

Tao! Enough! Let's go home!

TAO

Not until I will kill him.

TAKEMOTO

Don't even dare!

Around Takemoto, a powerful light appears and the wind starts to blow.

TAO

How? Who could a human kill Shi Hong? How could you kill him, you bastard?

KOHAKU

He is the one that attacked me! He is the one that tried to kill me.

TAO

Shut up! Just shut up!

XUE QIN

No, Tao!

Xue Qin makes one step and stops Tao to attack.

XUE QIN

The boy is saying the truth. Shi Hong and his daemons were acting very weird in the past few days.

TAO

He thought that like this the dragons won't attack anymore. he just wanted to help us. To save us.

XUE QIN

Wait a second? Did You know? You knew that Shi Hong wants to kill Kohaku?

When Tao punches Xue Qin in the face, Takemoto makes one step back.

TAO

Be careful with your words, Xue Qin! If I wouldn't know you so well, I might think that you have mercy on them... that you are on.. HIS side...

Tao points his finger at Takemoto. When Xue Qin looks at him, the young demon feels a cold wind touching him.

XUE QIN

All I want to say is that he would never dare to attack Shi Hong, all that Kohaku did was to protect himself and his friends.

TAO

I feel sick of them! Take your hands of them, I won't do anything to them...

Tao releases himself and walks near Eiji's son.

TAO

That was it, Hiroyuki! By killing Shi Hong you end everything. Now let see how you will deal with the dragons because any daemon that will dare to move to help a human will answer to me! You are on your own, Hiroyuki... son of Eiji.

Tao leave and jump on his horse, then he looks again at Shi Hong's dead body.

TAO

Take Shi Hong's body! We are going home!

After Tao leave, the daemons that are still alive grab Shi Hong and follow their master. Xue Qin wants to leave, but when he hear his name, he stops.

TAKEMOTO

Xue Qin!

XUE QIN

You did this, Hiroyuki Hisashi! Your brother killed one of the metamorphic daemons, and this is a great sin... the fury of daemons will be on you. I hope you can fight it back because you will be alone.

Xue Qin takes his horse and leaves without looking back,

TAKEMOTO

How could you, Kohaku?

KOHAKU

Don't even dare to say something! If you would have been here, maybe it would be different now! Look at me, Takemoto! Look at all of us.

Takemoto sees their wound and understands that pain.

TAKEMOTO

What will are we gonna do now? No one wants to make Tao angry...

KOHAKU

I don't recognize you anymore, Takemoto!

TAKEMOTO

No, Kohaku!

KOHAKU

Let's go home, Takayuki is wounded.

Kohaku goes near his friend and helps him to stand up.

KOHAKU

Do you think you can make it?

TAKAYUKI

Please don't worry about me, Your Majesty!

KOHAKU

Fuck all of them, Takemoto! Both dragons and daemons!

Kohaku and Takayuki get on the horse and then the prince leaves so angry, not even looking at his brother.

FUMIO

Hiroyuki!

TAKEMOTO

I met my grandfather and the brother of Eiji.

FUMIO

Then...

TAKEMOTO

Yes, Kim Eun Shin is my grandfather, and Tsuneo was his son.

FUMIO

The master was... Eiji's brother?

TAKEMOTO

Yes.

FUMIO

For all the gods, Hiroyuki!

TAKEMOTO

They will fight! Eun Shin doesn't care about Tao, he is not afraid of anything.

FUMIO

It was terrible... His Majesty was fighting with Shi Hong, but I swear that I though he will kill us all.

TAKEMOTO

Tao will never forget such a thing, never! But that is a problem for another time. The dragons will be here son, Fumio.

FUMIO

The gods help us, Your Majesty.

TAKEMOTO

Fumio! At the right moment, promise me that you will ride as fast as the wind. You must protect the princess Xiao Mei.

FUMIO

The princess? What what she have to do with all of this?

TAKEMOTO

She is my only hope... the only way that I can fight like Hiroyuki Hisashi.

FUMIO

I don't understand!

TAKEMOTO

Is all right, you will understand at the right moment. Let's go, Kohaku is angry anyway.

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EXT. PALACE -- NIGHT

Even if is midnight, everyone is getting ready for the battle. Is such a quiet night, without moon or stars, but the sky is bright, because of the fire of the hundred of dragons that are coming.

The king himself is there, outside, helping everyone to get ready. Kohaku looks at the sky and now Takemoto comes near him.

KOHAKU

How much time you think we have?

TAKEMOTO

Two hours, maybe three.

KOHAKU

There are hundred of them, what we will gonna do, Takemoto?

TAKEMOTO

Honestly, I don't know.

KOHAKU

For what happened in the mountains, I'm very sorry.

TAKEMOTO

No, you did everything you could. We will be fine even without Tao.

KOHAKU

How?

Takemoto looks at his brother, but he can't tell him because this one will never agree.

KOHAKU

Tell me, Takemoto! What is it?

TAKEMOTO

You must help me! Prince Takemoto must leave, I don't have any chance... but Hiroyuki have. Is still a hope for us.

KOHAKU

Don't do this, Takemoto! Is too dangerous.

TAKEMOTO

I will make it, and I will accept the consequences.

KOHAKU

What consequences? The punishment for what you want to do is death.

TAKEMOTO

They will never be able to catch me. I prefer to live as Hiroyuki all my life than to see everyone dying.

KOHAKU

No! I will never accept this!

TAKEMOTO

We both make sacrifices, Kohaku! Please, understand.

KOHAKU

I do understand, but I don't want to see you dead, Takemoto.

TAKEMOTO

I will be fine.

KOHAKU

Even so, you can't just leave. The king is watching us all the time.

TAKEMOTO

Xiao Mei will help me! If I have to, I will marry her, I will tell everyone that she is pregnant with my child and want to go home.

KOHAKU

What? Takemoto, don't use here, don't destroy her life.

TAKEMOTO

I won't, I swear, Kohaku, I didn't even touch her. She will be fine, I will send Fumio with her in the mountains.

KOHAKU

And then? Maybe you can live as a thief, but what about her?

TAKEMOTO

She will return to the Empire.

KOHAKU

She will be killed! Accused and blamed, all of them will look at her ... she will be nothing but a... whore!

TAKEMOTO

And then, Kohaku? What should I do?

KOHAKU

Don't destroy her life, Takemoto!

XIAO MEI

What you want to say, Your Majesty?

Both look back so scared and see Xiao Mei there.

KOHAKU

Your Majesty, since when are you here?

XIAO MEI

Not too much, I wanted to see you, to tell you that I want to help, but it seems that I'm already in the plan.

KOHAKU

That is not a play! Is suicide.

Between Kohaku and Takemoto, the princess looks at the sky. She is so scared, but she try to hide it.

XIAO MEI

There are hundred of them... will you make it? Will you be able to protect your people?

TAKEMOTO

What?

XIAO MEI

As Hiroyuki Hisashi, as you said... will you have a chance?

TAKEMOTO

Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

I knew that is something special about you, but I would think that you are a daemon. Still, if is the only way, then I accept.

KOHAKU

No! I won't allow such a thing.

TAKEMOTO

Is a hard decision, Your Majesty, because I might never be able to come back, and neither do you.

XIAO MEI

We don't have time for such a thing!

If you, Your Majesty, as the future king, could accept a daemon as a brother... then so will I. I accept you, Hiroyuki.

TAKEMOTO

I don't want to put you in danger, you must leave with Fumio in the mountains, my master will protect you.

XIAO MEI

I see.

KOHAKU

You are crazy, both of you!

XIAO MEI

No, we just love our people... if we had the chance to be born under the crown, then let's not waste this.

TAKEMOTO

Yes. Kohaku... I don't know what will happen, we will fight in different camps, but we both will have the same purpose.

KOHAKU

Do you have any idea how much it hurts?

TAKEMOTO

Don't be sad! You must be strong! You are the king!

KOHAKU

I don't want to see you leaving! I can't!

Kohaku just leaves from there.

XIAO MEI

Please don't be afraid! Takemoto!

The princess grabs Takemoto's hand into her hands and put her head on his chest.

TAKEMOTO

Your Majesty! Please... I don't want to make you suffer.

XIAO MEI

Actually, I'm happy! Happy that I can finally do something useful.

TAKEMOTO

My master Daiki is old, but he is powerful, he will be able to take care of you. No one will dare even to touch you. Have no fear.

XIAO MEI

I'm not afraid. I trust you.

TAKEMOTO

Then let's go and find Fumio.

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EXT. KYOTO -- MORNING

The sky seems to break in pieces.

An entire village is a burn, turn into ash, and now the dragons are destroying everything in her way.

Women with children in her army running scared, screaming, men trying to protect what is dear to them, but they don't have any chance. The dragons eat them alive.

After he sees his father killed and eaten, a boy grabs a hay fork and attack, but the dragons turn him into ash.

Dressed in his armor, the king looks at the sky and see hundred of dragons. Kohaku is near him, waiting to fight, and general Yoichi as well.

With a katana in his hand, Takayuki rides as fast as he can and arrive near them.

TAKAYUKI

Your Majesty! Prince Takemoto is not at the palace, also, princess Xiao Mei has not been seen since last night. the soldiers told me that they spend the night together.

HACHIRO

What? What did you just said?

TAKAYUKI

Please, forgive me, Your Majesty, but I think that...

HACHIRO

I don't care what you are thinking! Find Takemoto and bring him here! Now!

TAKAYUKI

Yes, Your Majesty!

KOHAKU

Takayuki! Wait!

HACHIRO

Kohaku? How dare you?

KOHAKU

Your Majesty, since the princess arrived here, Takemoto spend a lot of time with her, two days ago he told me that... she already belongs to him... and that is possible for her to be pregnant. He told me that they will leave in the Empire, but I taught is a lie. I never believed that he will truly do such a thing.

HACHIRO

What? He did what?

The king can't breathe anymore, he grabs the kimono with the hand, like he wants to touch his heart.

KOHAKU

Calm down, Your Majesty! Please, don't hurt yourself!

HACHIRO

My boy... from all the people... not my son...

YOICHI

Your Majesty, we can't stay back anymore! the capital is destroyed... we must fight!

The king is in pain, for him is so hard to breathe.

KOHAKU

Your Majesty!

HACHIRO

general Yoichi! Attack... start the attack!

YOICHI

Attack! Follow me!

The general start the attack, and the soldiers follow him. The king breath deep takes his sword and lead the attack. Kohaku follows him, but around them is only death.

Everything is destroyed. The houses are burning.

Deda bodies, flesh bleeding on the ground.

At one of the houses, the roof is destroyed and under the ruins, a child is crying. Two dragons are trying to reach him, to break the wood and grab him.

KOHAKU

Leave him alone, beats!

Kohaku rides the horse and goes there. He grab a spear from the ground and throw it in the neck of a dragon.

Screaming and yelling, the beast breath fire trying to kill Kohaku.

KOHAKU

Die!

Kohaku shoots an arrow and pierces the eye of the dragon. The dragons are screaming, the prince shoots three more arrows in the head of the beast.

The dragonfly but the arrow pierce this one's head and fall on the house, breaking everything, even the body of the kid.

Kohaku heard only a sound, but he couldn't do anything.

KOHAKU

No!

The other dragon scream but an harpoon kill it. Kohaku looks back and sees Takayuki.

TAKAYUKI

Your Majesty! Are you all right?

KOHAKU

I couldn't save that boy!

TAKAYUKI

What boy?

KOHAKU

He was under the ruins...

TAKAYUKI

This is war, Your Majesty! It was his decision to stay here.

KOHAKU

Your Majesty!

The king knees and is trying to help a woman who has her legs broken. Over it, the dragons fly and then want to attack. Hachiro takes the harpoon and fights back, but one of them kill the woman.

Kohaku and Takayuki ride through there, the prince shoot arrows, but he is too far. When the dragon breath fire, Kohaku fall from the horse.

TAKAYUKI

Your Majesty!

Kohaku stands up and wants to take his crossbow, but the dragon is too close, he couldn't do anything. He can hear the scream of the king when the beast almost grab

him, but then, the dragon turns into pieces, and all the place is covered with light.

He looks back, scared... and he can't believe such a thing. All that he can hear is a scream of the fight.

Daemons riding black horses, strong men, killing everything in their way are coming... and in front of them, Hiroyuki Hisashi.

He stay in two hooves with the horse and scream something, Behind him, Kohaku sees a daemon with white hair, and he realize that is Aiji. This one attack.

The dragons near the kind are killed, he is surrounded by black magic. So scared, he doesn't understand what is happening.

HACHIRO

Gods protect us!

YOICHI

Your Majesty!

HACHIRO

Don't ask, general... because I don't have any idea.

YOICHI

The daemons... are fighting on our side.

Hiroyuki rides his horse but when he pass near the king, he stop for a moment and look at him.

TAKEMOTO (V.O.)

Father, is me!

But he just thinks that, without saying a word.

AIJI

Eun Shi! The boy! Take the boy from there!

Crying, in the middle of the road, a child looks up to the sky and see the dragon coming. Eun Shin rides the horse, pass near the child, grab him by the arm and put him on the horse.

He turns back, and attack, his magic manage to put the beast to the ground.

EUN SHIN

Stop screaming into my ears!

Screaming at him, Eun Shin scared the child even more. Terrified, the child grabs the daemon's kimono and don't say a word anymore.

Hiroyuki jumps from the horse on a roof and then on the head of the dragon. The beast is trying to throw him away, but the daemon is too strong.

TAKEMOTO

Death!

He scream and his attack hit the dragon, pierce his head and turn it into pieces. It falls to the ground. For one second, the daemon just looks around, hundred of soldiers are killed.

Kohaku, the crown prince, fight, he fights for the life of his people. The dragon fangs hit his blade and it makes fire. Kohaku breaks one of the fangs but it just makes the beast angrier.

Screaming, breathing fire, but then stop and look at Kohaku, and this one is terrified. He sees them, two yellow eyes, so close to him... he can feel the breath of the beast.

The dragon turn around hit Kohaku with the tail and put him to the ground. He breathes fire but the beast is hit, push in the back while his flesh break, turn into pieces.

Both Kohaku and Hiroyuki look around, wondering... and then, they see Riku.

A child, a pirate. A daemon so young just saved the crown prince. When he see that Kohaku thank him, bow his head, Riku smile so happy, and his big eyes are shining.

Eun Shin rides the horse, and when he arrive near the soldier, he let the boy on the ground.

EUN SHIN

I really hate humans so much!

He look at them so disgusted and then go away. He passes near the fire, near the ruins of a house, from behind a dragon attack him.

AIJI

Eun Shin! No!

The wizard jump from his horse and when the beast attacks him, he hit it from the ground. It wants to stand and maybe fly, but Eun Shin kills it.

EUN SHIN

Really now? Why is everyone screaming like that!

Eun Shin hear Aiji screaming, and when he look back, his son is on the ground, and two dragons are attacking him.

EUN SHIN

To hell with you!

The wizard raises his hands to the sky, and black clouds are gathering. A thunder hit one of the dragons and turn it into ash.

The king makes steps back, so scared, looking around him. The wind becomes stronger, and a storm begin. The fire of the dragon almost hit him, but a daemon stops it and saves his life.

TAKEMOTO

You must be careful!

That voice, the king look back immediately, but Hiroyuki already left.

The hundreds of Eun Shin kill dragons and put them to the ground, burning them alive, as they do with the humans. Aiji stands up and heals his wound from the arm, looking at his father.

AIJI

You...

The pirate smile, but then he sees Eun Shin falling on his knees.

AIJI

No! Stand up! Eun Shin!

Eun Shin is tired, his clouds leave the sky, and the sun gently touches his face. Aiji run but another dragon attack him.

AIJI

Eun Shin!

Up from the sky a dragon breath fire and attack the wizard. This one move a bit, smile so arrogant, and then hit the ground with his hands.

EUN SHIN

I told you that I don't like when someone is yelling at me!

The attack of Eun Shin turn the dragon into pieces and kill another two of them. He is covered with blood, but around him, only magic can be seen.

AIJI

Damn you, father!

For a moment, Hiroyuki stop scared and terrified look-back. All that light... that kind of magic... those eyes and that long silver hair.

TAKEMOTO

Tsuneo!

Aiji is fighting with two dragons, he is surrounded my light, and in the touch of the wind, he look just like Tsuneo.

Hiroyuki is staring at him, and a tear fall from his eyes... but after those dragons are on the ground, and the light is no longer then, Aiji look at him, and now the prince recognize him.

TAKEMOTO

Aiji!

Aiji say something, but he doesn't understand, but then, Hiroyuki see an harpoon passing near his head, and then he can hear a terrible noise.

In the next second, he look back and see the harpoon into the eye of a dragon, and the one how to throw it is Kohaku.

KOHAKU

Stop dreaming! Brother..

When Kohaku pass near him, he whispers that word, brother, he still looks at Hiroyuki as his brother. The daemons smile and then look back at the dragon.

Around him, the light fly to the sky, and then he attacks.

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EXT. VILLAGE -- NIGHT

In the same night, but somewhere far, in the mountains, the people of the village gather around the fire.

Xiao Mei get out from the house and come near them, she is dressed now in such a poor kimono, and she wear no hairpin.

The want to stand up and bow in front of her, but she stop them.

XIAO MEI

No! Please, don't bow in front of me! I own you so much, for the fact that you let me stay here.

DAIKI

You sacrificed everything for our king even if you know him just for few days.You have such a kind soul.

XIAO MEI

You can hear people screaming for the capital, you think he is all right?

daiki

Don't worries You Majesty!

Hiroyuki is strong and also Eun Shin is with him. I'm sure nothing bad can happen.

XIAO MEI

Eun Shin... who is him?

DAIKI

Don't hurry up to hear the truth, it might hurt.

XIAO MEI

I'm sure that Takemoto, I mean Hiroyuki endured too much, I would like to help him... to know his past.

old man 1

Daiki! Our queen gave up at everything... her people, for the king. No one else would do something like this. Your Majesty, it will be hard, but you have to be strong, for him.

XIAO MEI

Please... maybe I don't understand, but Kohaku will become the king and me.

DAIKI

You wanted to awake the past, now listen carefully, because it might be the only time when you will hear this.

Xiao Mei approve and then listen to what the master have to say.

DAIKI

A long time ago, in the kingdom arrived a wizard, he was very powerful and a handsome man. She, she was a warrior, with the heartbroken because of her parent's death... and he was wounded, so she took care of him, heal his wounded, and also his soul. He was a pirate, so he listen to the sea and leave. The girl was young but she gave birth to Aiji and Tsuneo, twins, both of them looking like her. Two years later, the wizard come back and she becomes pregnant again, but, this time, he doesn't leave anymore. She gave birth to a boy, looking just like his father, so this one call him Eiji.

Around the fire, everyone is so quiet. Daiki put some wood on the fire and then continue his story.

DAIKI

The wizard was a free soul, a pirate, he couldn't stay with his boys, so he just left. Time pass and they grew up, when the army attacked the village, the mother was killed. Soon after that, when Aiji was just 12 years old, he left on the sea, swearing to kill his father. Since then, I didn't saw him. I heard rumors, Aiji becomes a pirate. The most powerful of all, the captain.

XIAO MEI

And the others two?

DAIKI

Have patience, my queen.

Daiki looks at the sky and hears the terrible sound of the dragons. Fumio comes there as well and sits near Xiao Mei.

FUMIO

Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

Fumio, you are tired, why don't you sleep?

FUMIO

I can't, I just wish I could be there, fighting with Hiroyuki.

XIAO MEI

He will come back! You will see.

Daiki looks at the princess and then speak again.

DAIKI

After Aiji left, Tsuneo and Eiji become my students. I trained them, they and night, without rest, swearing to kill the king. Soon after that, the met Tao, one of the metamorphic daemons. Eiji and Tao were very close, and when Xue Qin joins them, they become very strong. They had the white magic. Time passed and things changed. Eiji was the first daemon who killed a dragon, that is why he become the king. Tao didn't liked that and took control over the Death Defile, then Shi Hong and Xue Qin join him.

FUMIO

Eiji was the king because he killed a dragon?

DAIKI

Yes. The dragons were created by gods to protect the daemons, but when Eiji killed the black dragon, they swear revenge.

FUMIO

The only one who could protect you was Eiji.

DAIKI

Yes, and we left in peace, until the moment when Tsuneo attacked the queen. Eiji helped her, and she, a child without mind, fall in love with him and gave him a child. No one knew about this, the queen wanted to die, but I stopped her. She gave birth to a temple, and Nori, a good friend of mine, gave his magic to the child.

FUMIO

What?

DAIKI

Yes, Nori is... he was one of the legendary warriors.

FUMIO

The legendary warriors? But they are just three.

DAIKI

No, they were four. Nori's magic managed to hide the true look of the prince, his azure hair, and his energy. The time passed, Tao becomes even colder... and powerful. Hina, a young lady fall in love with him, but when she find out that is pregnant, she was too afraid to tell him, so Eiji married her. One day, general Yoichi captured Eiji and his family, he was executed... in front of two kids, Takemoto and Kohaku.

Xiao Mei put her hand at the mouth and some tears fall from her eyes.

DAIKI

Then, the two princes release the daemons, they find out about Takemoto but didn't say a word.

Also, after the execution of Eiji, Takemoto helped Hina and her son and run with the in the Defile.

FUMIO

What did Tao do? How about Tsuneo?

DAIKI

It was a fight, all I know is that Tao killed Shinju, his daughter, and the Hina told him the truth. Soon after that, Tsuneo saved Takemoto from a dragon and become his master.

FUMIO

And then I met him as well.

DAIKI

In a fight with the dragons, a hunter killed Tsuneo. Since there have been 10 years.

Daiki put again some wood on the fire.

DAIKI

It's his faith to fight for this people. He has the blood of Eiji and a heart of a dragon. For the first time after 40 years Aiji is back and he swear to protect the boy, also, the wizard he here, and as long as he is alive, Hiroyuki will be safe.

XIAO MEI

Is the wizard Kim Eun Shin?

DAIKI

Yes, is him.

Xiao Mei wipes her tears and tries to smile.

XIAO MEI

He will be safe, he is not alone.

DAIKI

Eiji lives through his son. For us, Hiroyuki is our king, and you, Your Majesty, you should be proud because you are his queen.

XIAO MEI

Please don't say that I don't have anything to do with him, everyone know that I left with prince Takemoto in the Empire... a had to do this so Hiroyuki can fight.

DAIKI

My lady, you believe the he doesn't feel anything for you?

Xiao Mei bows her head, she can't look at the master.

XIAO MEI

I don't know what is in his heart, but I'm sure that a warrior love his people, he don't have time for such things...

DAIKI

Your Majesty, look at me!

Xiao Mei looks at Daiki, and in the light of the fire, her tears shine so brightly.

DAIKI

If Hiroyuki wouldn't felt anything for you, he would never choose to run with you. Maybe he doesn't know how to show it... but I'm sure that in his heart, he will never let you go.

FUMIO

Don't be sad, Your Majesty!

Fumio sits closer and says something at the princess's ear.

XIAO MEI

Fumio! How can you?

FUMIO

But is true!

XIAO MEI

Fumio!

Xiao Mei is so shy that she can't even look at them anymore. She just look at the fire, smile, and then... in her eyes only sadness can be seen.

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EXT. kyoto  -- LATER

Even if in the capital is so quiet, everyone is nervous. The city I covered with soldiers, but the general went back to the palace with the king.

The doctors are running all around the place, trying to save as many lives as they can. By the time to time, so scared, everyone look at the sky.

In the other part of the city, in the daemons camp the gather around the fire.

AIJI

Ah! This feel so good!

Aiji takes his boots out and put his legs near the fire.

RIKU

Captain! Do you want to kill us all?

AIJI

What? Are you saying that my feets stink?

RIKU

Well...I guess.

AIJI

Look, they don't!

Aiji takes one of the boots and put it closer to Riku's nose, but this one stand up and run.

AIJI

Riku! Where do you think you are going?

KUJO

Let the boy alone, captain! Stop making fun of him!

Eun Shit slowly hit Aiji with his elbow and make him look at Takemoto. This one is looking at the city, dreaming with his eyes open.

Aiji stands up, go near him and touch his shoulder.

AIJI

Hiroyuki? What is wrong?

TAKEMOTO

People are dying, I should be there, helping them.

AIJI

It was their choice not to leave the city, you can't protect all of them... and still, you tried, also they don't want us there. I'm sure the doctors are doing everything they can.

TAKEMOTO

I know, but it hurts me not to do anything.

AIJI

You did more than anyone else. You gave up at your life as a prince for them, so stop to blame yourself.

TAKEMOTO

This was just the first day, what will be tomorrow?

AIJI

No matter what tomorrow will bring, don't be afraid, you are not alone.

TAKEMOTO

I killed few dragons today, but hundred of them are there, and we are just a few.

AIJI

You think we won't survive one more day?

TAKEMOTO

We will, one day... most of them two, but we can't fight forever... what will happen then?

AIJI

Neither the dragons can fight like that forever. I'm sure they have a plan, something or someone that they are fallowing. The attack only here, the other kingdoms don't have this problem.

TAKEMOTO

But why? Why are they doing this?

AIJI

I don't know, Hiroyuki.

TAKEMOTO

No matter what... I can't fight forever.

AIJI

Are you afraid?

TAKEMOTO

Are you not?

AIJI

No. No matter what will be tomorrow, I trust you.

TAKEMOTO

Me? I'm just a daemon among others.

AIJI

No! Never forget who you truly are! You are the son of Eiji! You are our king!

TAKEMOTO

Aiji!

AIJI

No, don't say anything! Just believe in yourself.

TAKEMOTO

You scare me.

AIJI

We will protect this city, Takemoto! I will fight until my last breath.

TAKEMOTO

The dragons will be even stronger tomorrow. Now is just the peace before the storm.

AIJI

Yes, you are right, but don't forget that we have him...

Aiji looks at Eun Shin.

TAKEMOTO

Yes, maybe we still have a chance to survive.

They smile and look at the wizard, but they look back immediately when this one look at them as well. But, if they wouldn't avoid the eyes of the wizard, they would had the chance to see him smiling.

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INT. VILLAGE -- NIGHT

She can feel something... and when Xiao Mei wakes up and sees Ryu near her. With his long and dirty hair, with that mad smile on his face, he touch her hand and wake her up.

Scared, she screams, but then Ryu gets so scared. He steps back, trying to protect himself as someone will hit him.

Xiao Mei breath deep and calm down, she can hear a terrible noise from outside. When she go close to Ryu, this one defend himself again.

XIAO MEI

Please forgive me, I didn't want to scream. Who are you?

RYU

I'm Ryu.

XIAO MEI

Ryu, what is happening? What is that noise from outside?

RYU

It beat them... it beat them bad... hit them.

Xiao Mei realizes that he is sick, she gently smiles and touch his hand, trying to calm him down.

XIAO MEI

 

Who? Who beat them?

RYU

The dragons... beat them.

XIAO MEI

What? The dragons attacked?

So scared Xiao Mei stand up and want to leave, but the daemon catches her hand. For just one second, for how tight he hold her arm, she could say that he is a warrior.

RYU

It beat them, don't get there... it beat them.. will beat us.

XIAO MEI

Don't cry Ryu! We need to help them!

She release herself and get out.

RYU

It beat me!

Ryu run and get out as well.

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EXT. VILLAGE -- CONTINUOUS

Ryu grabs Xiao Mei's arm with both his hands. The sky is covered with dragons. The master Daiki is the only one fighting, trying to protect the people of the village.

DAIKI

My queen!

Screaming, Xiao Mei stay to the ground, protecting Ryu when the dragons attack. Fumio is coming riding a black horse.

DAIKI

Don't forget what I told you! Take care of them!

FUMIO

Yes, master!

Xiao Mei notices that the boy has another horse with him as well. He pass near Daiki and stop near the house.

FUMIO

Quickly, get on the horse, Your Majesty!

XIAO MEI

We can't let master Daiki here!

FUMIO

He will be fine, we must go!

XIAO MEI

And Ryu?

FUMIO

He is coming with me!

RYU

No! It beat me...

FUMIO

No one will beat you! Give me your hand!

XIAO MEI

Let's go, Ryu! Let him help you!

Ryu grabs Fumio's hand and gets on the horse with him.

FUMIO

Your Majesty!

But Xiao Mei is already on the other horse.

XIAO MEI

Let's go!

They leave as fast as they can, and let master Daiki behind, fighting for his people.

They took the road to the mountains, crossing the forest.

XIAO MEI

Where are we going?

FUMIO

To find Nori.

XIAO MEI

What?

FUMIO

We are going to mountain Atago, to find Nori, the person that master Daiki told you about last night.

XIAO MEI

Did something happen with Hiroyuki?

FUMIO

No! But the master said that Nori can help us.

XIAO MEI

Why did the dragons attack the village?

RYU

Dragons... dragons... it beat them!

FUMIO

Stay quiet, Ryu! I don't know, Your Majesty, but is weird. Daiki said that they are looking for something... just flying in a circle, attacking, but without killing someone.

XIAO MEI

What would they possibly look for?

RYU

Dragons... warriors... they will beat them...

FUMIO

Shut up, Ryu! No one will beat them.

RYU

It kills them...

FUMIO

Master Daiki said that Nori might have an idea about all this.

Xiao Mei doesn't say a word anymore, she just concentrates on the road, riding the horse on the mountain's path. She is sad and so worried.

XIAO MEI (V.O.)

Please, Hiroyuki, come back alive!

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EXT. KYOTO -- MORNING

Since the first sunlight, the dragons attacked the city, and even since then, Hiroyuki lead the attack of the daemons, fighting back.

On the white horse of Tsuneo, he passes among the ruins as the wind. Without even looking back, he rides faster than the wind, looking at the ground, at the old man that is dying there.

AIJI

Hiroyuki!

Aiji screams his name, but he doesn't even listen. He attacks and his light burn everything on his way, but then he stops. With huge eyes staring how one dragon burn the body on the old man.

EUN SHIN

This child never learn!

A thunder hit the dragon and put it to the ground, Eun Shin keeps fighting.

TAKEMOTO

Damn you all!

Hiroyuki is surrounded by light, but even for one second, it turns into black magic. Aiji stop and look at him.

So angry, the daemon attack and break the wings o the dragon, the he attack again and make it spit blood on the ground.

AIJI

Hiroyuki!

The dragon wants to move, trying to stand up, but the hi body is turned into pieces.

TAKEMOTO

Die! Just die, damn youuuu!

Takemoto screams of anger and turns the dead body of the dragon into ash. Up from the sky, another one attack him, but Aiji kills it before he can hurt the prince.

The black magic burn around Hiroyuki, but he can hear a sound... so easy... and then even more powerful... the magic disappears and he looks back, Kohaku is on the ground, bleeding, and the dragon attacks him from the sky.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku!

Takemoto rides the horse and stop the fire of the dragon, then attack it and push it away. He arrive there and take his brother on the horse, near him.

HACHIRO

Kohaku! No!

Both the king and the general can just watch him, so scared that the daemon will do something to the prince.

TAKEMOTO

You are wounded!

KOHAKU

I'm fine, thank you, brother!

TAKEMOTO

How much do you think we can fight?

KOHAKU

Not that much, the army is destroyed! The soldiers are scared and wounded. I'm afraid that the humans can't do much....

TAKEMOTO

We are not that strong anymore, I feel so tired, Kohaku!

KOHAKU

Please, don't give up!

TAKEMOTO

Never! Even if I have to die here!

Takemoto brings Kohaku near the king and when this one get down from the horse, the daemon grabs his arm.

TAKEMOTO

Be careful!

Everyone in the army is amazed to see that Hiroyuki is healing Kohaku's wounds.

KOHAKU

Thank you!

Takemoto looks again at the king and then he leave. He joins the other side of the battle, near the demons.

AIJI

Riku!

Takemoto looks aside and sees that Riku can't fight alone with two dragons, every part of the child's body is bleeding.

He attack and his magic manage to push away the dragons, Riku stand up and look at Hiroyuki. Even so wounded, he smiles so kindly, but then, he gets scared when the dragon's body fall on the ground in a blood rain.

EUN SHIN

Those kids...

Eun Shin passes near them so arrogant and then jump on the ruins of a house, and from there, on a dragon and when he hit it with the palm on the head, the beast just falls on the ground, bleeding from the nose.

HACHIRO

What I've done, Kohaku?

KOHAKU

Your Majesty!

HACHIRO

They are fighting for us, trying to protect this kingdom... and I was the one killing them, executing their warriors.

KOHAKU

Is not the time for remorse, father. All we have to do now is survive.

HACHIRO

I don't know if we can survive until the nightfall, but at least, let's die with honor.

KOHAKU

For the king and country!

All the army scream a sound of battle and enter again on the battlefield. The king is wounded and tired, he breathes hard, but he still keep fighting.

By the time to time, Kohaku looks at him and then fight with the dragons as a beast. In order to protect his people, he will become a murderer.

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EXT. VILLAGE -- EVENING

Somewhere far, in the mountain's village, is the sunset. At the mountain Atago, Fumio gets down from the horse and walk near it.

SHIORI

Who are you?

Je can hear a woman's voice, so they stop. Shiori, the sister of Haruki is there and put the crossbow at them.

XIAO MEI

Please, we are not looking for problems! Can you tell us where we can find Nori?

SHIORI

Nori who?

FUMIO

Just Nori! We don't know much about him, our master sends us here, is very important to find him.

SHIORI

Who is your master?

FUMIO

We really don't have time for such a thing.

SHIORI

Who are you two?

XIAO MEI

I'm the princess of the Han Empire, Xiao Mei, and also the wife of Hiroyuki Hisashi, I'm the queen of the daemons.

Xiao Mei gets down from the horse and walks near Fumio.

SHIORI

What did you just said?

XIAO MEI

Do you know Nori, or not? And if not, step aside and let me pass!

SHIORI

How dare you?

XIAO MEI

Move from my way!

Xiao Mei wants to walk, but Shiori grabs her hand.

FUMIO

Take your hands from Her Majesty! And you might stay alive!

Fumio takes his halberd and wants to attack, but then, a voice stops them. NORI, a young daemon with black hair come there.

NORI

What is this? Shori? This is not the way I taught you!

SHIORI

Master!

Shiori let the princess be and move aside. Nori walks closer.

NORI

Princess Xiao Mei, I was waiting for you!

SHIORI

Then you know that master Daiki wants you to have this letter! Please, don't turn your back to the one that you gave your magic... to prince Takemoto.

Xiao Mei takes a letter and gives it to Nori, this one open it and start read.

DAIKI (V.O.)

Nori, my old and great friend, I hope you are doing well. I write this letter in pain, my power is so weak, and I can't protect my students anymore. We live a hard time, the dragons are attacking the capital and destroy everything. Aiji is back home and for the first time, he fight near his father. Kim Eun Shin is here, but neither he can win alone. Shi Hong was killed by the crown prince, and now Tao doesn't want to fight. Nori, the situation is getting worse. A long time ago you gave your magic to Eiji's son, and now he need you. Hiroyuki is in front of the attack, but we both now that he won't survive. We all need you. Nori, fight near the boy, beside our king, fight near the one that you gave up to everything. I don't know how much time I still have, but I would die happy to know that you stopped the war. Forever, your friend, Daiki!

Nori breaks the letter and says something, but most as for him.

NORI

To hell with this, Daiki! I'm not what I used to be.

SHIORI

Master? Is everything all right?

Nori looks at Shiori.

NORI

My child, I want you to go to the Death Defile! I'm sure you know where it is.

SHIORI

Yes, master, I know where it is.

NORI

There you will find a daemon named Tao, he is very dangerous! I want you to give him this.

Nori takes his sword and gives it to Shiori.

SHIORI

Yes, master!

Shiori takes the sword and then leave as fast as she can. Nori looks at the sky, and he is quiet, but in his mind he is screaming.

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EXT. KYOTO -- MORNING

From far away the sun is rising.

Kyoto is in the fire, everything around is destroyed, everything is burning.

Blood, a river of blood is falling on the ground, taking with it the corpse. Hundred of soldier and daemons are dead, killed and burnt alive.

On a side, Hiroyuki is so wounded, but he still screaming at his daemons, leading the attack. Aiji is wounded as well, and Riku can't fight anymore. Eun Shin is tired, neither he can fight like that too much... a single wizard can't protect an entire city alone.

The royal army is destroyed, few soldiers are alive, running like ants, all over the place, trying to save their lives.

The general of the army is wounded, and so the king, but they keep fighting. The hand is shaking on the sword, and blood fall... there is no hope.

Kohaku falls on his knees, but he scream and stand up. Takayuki fight as a beast, trying to save his master.

EUN SHIN

Hiroyuki!

Eun Shin scream, Hiroyuki is on his knees, he look back but the dragon is too close, and his is wounded. He wait but then, a light turn the beast into ash.

A sound of battle is heard, everyone look to the forest and see Tao leading an army of daemons. Near him is Xue Qin, and then, somewhere at the right is Nori.

TAKEMOTO

Tao!

Takemoto is amazed but at the same time, he smile and stand up. The king and the general look at them and can't say a word anymore.

EUN SHIN

Nori?

On his way, Tao kills two dragons and then he jump from the horse and when he touch the ground he is already a tiger.

AIJI

The tiger is back! OIII! Eun Shin, you bastard! Are you dead?

EUN SHIN

You wish... I'm Kim Eun Shin!

Eun Shin smile and then a scream of battle, his magic gather around him, for some reason he becomes stronger, even more powerful.

Xue Qin is surrounded by light and he kill everything on his way. Nori is just a swordsman now, without magic, he is not that strong, but he is not weak either.

He moves faster than the wind, fighting near the royal army, and manage to save general Yoichi's life.

TAKEMOTO

Xue Qin! Thank you!

XUE QIN

Nori is the one who you should thank. Not me...

Hiroyuki looks back and sees that Nori fighting.

TAKEMOTO

So that is Nori!

But then a powerful scream shake all the sky. Everyone look up and see the white dragon.

KOHAKU

The white dragon!

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku! Don't!

But Kohaku seems to lose his minds when he see the beast. He grab an harpoon from the ground and start running.

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku!

Takemoto run after him, fighting, trying to stop the fire of the other dragons to protect his brother.

He pass near Tao and see him on a dragon, eating the beast alive.

The white dragonfly and attack Nori, but he manages to defend himself. Kohaku stop and look back.

KOHAKU

No! I'm right here, you beat! I'm here!

TAKEMOTO

Stop this, Kohaku! You are wounded, and the dragon is too powerful!

KOHAKU

Get out of my way, Takemoto!

When Kohaku scream, the king's sword fall on the ground. Hachiro is close to them, so he could hear that.

Insane, Kohaku runs to the dragon and keep fighting, but Hiroyuki stops for a second and looks at the king.

HACHIRO

Takemo...to...

The king is scared, but when Hiroyuki slowly bow his head, this one fall on his knees. The daemon sees that general Yoichi run and helps the king, so he can fight.

A dragon attack Aiji from behind but Hiroyuki push it away, and then, attack after attack manage to kill it.

AIJI

Thank you, Hiroyuki!

TAKEMOTO

Aiji! With Tao here, do you think we have a chance to survive?

AIJI

I don't know, but I'm glad I could see the sunlight again. I will die happy to know that I did everything possible to fight near you.

TAKEMOTO

Thank you, Aiji!

Takemoto bows his head, but then he must fight. The dragons are attacking, breathing fire, killing Tao's army of daemons.

TAKAYUKI

Kohaku!

Kohaku attacks the white dragon, but this one put the prince to the ground. The beast wants to attack again, but Kohaku manages to defend himself.

Takayuki run and arrive near him, protecting the prince. When the dragon wants to turn back and hit him with the tale, Takayuki cut it down.

KOHAKU

Takayuki!

The dragon screams as loud as he can and fly in the sky.

HACHIRO

Kohaku!

TAKEMOTO

Kohaku! Run!

Everyone scream, but Kohaku is terrified. The dragonfly so fast and attack the prince. He can't do anything, everything happened too fast. But then... Takayuki hit him away, and throw him on the ground, protecting Kohaku, but the fire of the dragon burn it alive.

KOHAKU

No! Takayuki!

Kohaku screams as loud as never before. From his blue eyes, tears start to fall. Takemoto jumps on the horse and ride, trying to arrive faster.

The dragon attack, Kohaku don't even realize what is happening, but the king manages to protect his son. With an harpoon, he hit the dragon.

Nori run, grab Kohaku by the hand and force him to step back. The prince screams Takayuki's name, and all that he can hear is the sound of dragons.

TAKEMOTO

No! Father!

Hiroyuki scream when the dragon hit the king and put it to the ground, breaking his chest with the claws.

The beast attack again, but, this time, the daemon is there, he jump from the horse and manage to stop the fire of the dragon. He look at the king and see him dying.

The magic around him become again black, and he screams in anger. The dragon attacks him, but this one put the beast to the ground. Over and over again, attacking, until the white dragon is dead.

From the sky, the scream of another dragon shake the ground, and then all of them leave. One dragon looks back and breath fire, but then leave.

TAKEMOTO

father!

Takemoto run and knees on the ground, near the king. This one is dying, he can barely speak, and his nose is bleeding.

TAKEMOTO

Father, is me! Takemoto!

HACHIRO

Takemoto? How? How are you a daemon?

TAKEMOTO

Don't speak! I will heal you...

Takemoto's hands are shaking, he want to touch Hachiro's wounds, but the king grabs his hand.

HACHIRO

No! Don't waste your power on me, I'm dying, Takemoto! But you have to fight! This is not over... I jus the beginning.

TAKEMOTO

Don't die, father!

The king caught and spit blood.

TAKEMOTO

No!

The king takes his sword and put it into Takemoto's hands.

HACHIRO

I don't want to die killed by the beast that destroyed my people. Please, put an end to my suffering.

TAKEMOTO

Never! I could never do that!

HACHIRO

Please, let me die in peace, by the hand of my son.

TAKEMOTO

Father...

HACHIRO

Daemon or not... you are my son! You will always be prince Takemoto for me.

TAKEMOTO

No! Don't do this, father!

Hachiro can't breathe anymore, he caught, he is dying.

TAKEMOTO

No! Father! NO!

Takemoto scream as loud as he can!

HACHIRO

Takemoto... please...

The king looks at him, smile, and then a tear fall from his eyes. Takemoto scream, yelling of pain, then he take the sword and kill the king.

Everyone around can't believe such a thing. Tao now a man, he make a step back and look at Aiji, but this one is terrified as well.

Silence, and then... Kohaku start to scream.

KOHAKU

No! Father...

Kohaku releases himself from Nori's hands and runs near the king dead body.

KOHAKU

Father!

Knead on the ground, shaking, crying, he touches the king, but this one is already dead. Takemoto is crying, with the sword in his hands.

KOHAKU

You killed him! You killed the king... our father... murderer!

Kohaku scream, and then Takemoto stand up.

TAKEMOTO

No, Kohaku! Don't!

KOHAKU

You are just a murderer, Takemoto! You are just a daemon.

When Takemoto hears this the sword falls from his hands and it remain on the ground, in that river of blood.

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