Yume

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: March 18, 2016

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FADE IN:

EXT. street -- NIGHT

 

It's raining, and in the night, no soul can be seen on the street.

In the houses, no light, nothing, a sleeping town. SHIRO,an old man, with poor clothes, barefoot, injured and sick and pale is walking through the rain.

 

He make few steps and then he feel like everything spins around. He breathes hard, and the he falls on the ground. With his face in the water, and remain unconscious.

Over his body, the rain keeps falling.

 

Walking fast, with a scarf, trying to protect herself from the rain, YUME, a young girl, with big blue eyes, and dark hair sees the old man and runs next to him.

 

YUME

Sir, can you hear me? Sir?

 

She knees in the water, and the wind takes her scarf. She tries to wake up the old man, and then she sees that he's injured. His chest is pierced by an arrowhead, and her hands are covered with blood.

 

YUME

For all Gods...

 

She is just looking at her hands, scared. But when Shiro makes a sound, she looks at him.

 

YUME

Sir? wake up, you are injured! Wake up, sir! You need help.

 

The old man opens his green eyes and looks at Yume. He breath hard, and is so weak.

 

YUME

If you stay here, you will die, sir. You need a doctor.

 

 

SHIRO

Help...me...

 

YUME

Come on, I will take you from here. I know someone who can help you. Come on, sir. Don't give up, don't die.

 

Shiro almost screams when the girl tries to raise him. His sounds are just pain. With his hands shaking, he is holding the girl’s hand and try to walk.

 

SHIRO

I can't. It hurts too much. It hurts.

 

YUME

Please, is not so far, you have to be strong, sir!

 

SHIRO

It hurts.

 

Step by step, so easy, Yume help Shiro to walk. The old man is walking hard, his wound is still bleeding and it's raining.

 

YUME

No! Don't fall, sir! We are almost there.

 

Tired, the old man feel like is impossible to continue, but Yume doesn't let him fall. Still holding his arm, she helps the old man to walk through the rain and to arrive at the end of the street, in a poor place, like a slum, in front of a house.

 

YUME

Is here, we are home.

 

Shiro looks at the house, it's old and poor, then Yume helps him to go inside.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. HOUSE  -- CONTINUOUS

 

Inside the house, three candles light in the dark. Two young girls, AYUMI, a child with blue eyes and brown hair, and the other one, HIYORI, so young, she doesn't seem to be more than six years old. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she stand up and see her sister enter the house with the old man.

 

YUME

Ayumi, go get doctor Eitoku here! Now!

 

AYUMI

Yes.

 

Ayumi run out of the house. Yume help the old man to sit on an old bed. This one make a sound of pain, and breath hard. Scared, Hiyori is just looking at them.

 

YUME

Sir? Can you hear me? Sir?

 

But Shiro doesn't answer. He just falls unconscious again. Yume try to wake him up, but in that moment, EITOKU, a man of 45 years old, with dark hair and eyes, enters in the room, with Ayumi and HATOMI, a girl who

seems to be the same age as Yume, with black hair and green eyes.

 

EITOKU

Yume, child, what is happening? Who is this man?

 

YUME

Please, help him. He's dying!

 

EITOKU

For all Gods... this man is more dead than alive. At his age, he must be a powerful one...

 

Eitoku goes near Shiro, break this one's kimono and see the bleeding wound, with an arrowhead inside.

 

YUME

In that an arrowhead?

 

EITOKU

Yes, I have to take it out. Yume, I need hot water and towels.

 

YUME

Yes! Hatomi, please, help me.

 

HATOMI

You take the towels, I will come with the water, my mom just prepared it for my bath...

 

YUME

Thank you!

 

Hatomi run out of the house. Yume go in the other room, a poor one, with a lot of flowers inside.

There is nothing on the floor, nothing in that cold room, only flowers.

She take a white flower with big petals and come with it at the doctor.

 

YUME

Look! I found it yesterday in the forest, I wanted to sell it to master Kato, but this old man needs it more than I need money.

 

EITOKU

Tiger's eyes! Yume, this is rare and expensive, are you sure?

 

YUME

Yes. Please, try to save his life.

 

EITOKU

I have a feeling that someday I will regret it.

 

YUME

Please, just do it.

 

EITOKU

As you wish.

 

Hatomi enters the room with a bucket full of hot water.

 

HATOMI

I came fast as I could.

 

EITOKU

Is fine. Put it here.

 

YUME

The towels!

 

Yume go near an old closet, open it and takes tree towels.

 

YUME

Here, doctor!

 

Eitoku looks inside his bag and takes some utensils and a scalpel.

 

AYUMI

What do you want to do with that knife?

EITOKU

I will heal this man. Hatomi, please take Ayumi and Hiyori at our home.

 

AYUMI

But I want to see it!

 

YUME

Ayumi, do as the doctor said. Please.

 

HATOMI

Come on. Let's go. Hiyori, come here!

 

HIYORI

Yume?

 

YUME

Go to play with Hatomi, I will come later to take both of you home.

 

Hatomi takes Hiyori by the hand and then, with Ayumi the three of them go out.

 

EITOKU

Who is this man, Yume?

 

YUME

I found him unconscious, on the street, in the water. I couldn't let him there.

 

EITOKU

You have such a kind soul, child.

 

YUME

Will he survive?

 

EITOKU

I will do my best to save him, but Yume, he is old and weak. Look at him, he is so pale, like he haven't eat for weeks... honestly, I don't know if he will survive until the morning.

 

YUME

Gods will watch over him.

 

EITOKU

Let's hope so.

Eitoku takes the arrowhead out of the old man's wound. Then he remove the blood with a towel.

 

YUME

He's bleeding. Is it worse?

 

EITOKU

Yes, but for now, let's just hope that the bleeding will stop, soon.

 

YUME

I don't think he has a family... who would let an old man alone, injured in this storm...

 

EITOKU

You don't know nothing about him, child. He can be anyone, anything. You can't trust a person that you find on the street.

 

YUME

We are the same... alone on the street. Abandoned by everyone. No one should have a faith like that.

 

EITOKU

You are not alone, child.

 

Eitoku speaks with Yume and in the same time he does things to heal Shiro's wound.

 

YUME

What is this?

 

EITOKU

What is what?

 

YUME

Here, on his arm!

 

Eitoku looks at Shiro's right arm and sees a tattoo on it. A crescent moon and a little star in the middle.

 

EITOKU

Yume... this man is a thief!

 

YUME

A thief?

 

 

 

EITOKU

Do you see this tattoo? Is a mark of a clan of thieves who lived in the forest, near the mountain. They are dangerous people, they hunt and kill.

 

YUME

This is just an old man, he doesn't look like a criminal.

 

EITOKU

He's dangerous. His presence here will not bring anything good. You have to get him out. Soon as possible.

 

YUME

Get him out? Doctor, his dying, I can't just get him out... out where? In the rain?

 

EITOKU

Yume, I know that you only want to help him... but trust me, if he was abandoned by the thieves this is not a good thing. They are not leaving their men behind... trust me, child.

 

YUME

If I will get him out, in the rain, he will die in less than an hour. I can't do that. I can't kill a man.

 

EITOKU

Then, let's pray that nothing bad will happen.

 

Eitoku prepared the medicine from the flower's petals and then he put the composition on the old man's wound. He put a towel in the hot water and then gently touch the forehead of Shiro with it. The old man breath deep when he feels it.

 

YUME

If he doesn't have much time to live, it doesn't mean that he must have a dog life.

 

EITOKU

If this is his faith, you can't do nothing to help him.

 

YUME

I feel sorry for him... to be so old, so weak, anyone can do anything with you... maybe once he was a thief, but now... he's just an old man.

 

 

EITOKU

As I said, Yume, I don't know if he will survive until morning.

 

YUME

The Gods won't leave him.

 

EITOKU

It was a time when this man had no God.

 

The doctor stands up and then he just put a blanket to warm the old man. He looks like is just sleeping.

 

EITOKU

And now we just have to wait.

 

YUME

Thank you, doctor. You saved his life.

 

EITOKU

I had no idea he's a thief.

 

YUME

If you knew it from the beginning, would you let him die?

 

EITOKU

I don't know... maybe. Yume, don't judge me, you know that I'm not a bad person, but long time ago I meet someone from this clan, his name was Kujo. I was so young and foolish, I've trusted him, he said that we go in a village to help those people, but he robbed them, and they he killed them, one by one.

 

YUME

Why? Why would someone do such a thing?

 

EITOKU

Because this is their nature. They don't know any different.

 

YUME

But this is so wrong. Why doesn't the emperor do something against them?

 

EITOKU

Yume... this is a place far away from the capital. You really think that the emperor knows everything that is happening in the mountains?

 

 

YUME

I don't know...

 

EITOKU

We are poor... we live our lives as we can, hoping that tomorrow will come. Don't have big dreams, child, so that you won’t be disappointed.

 

YUME

Everyone should dream. It's free.

 

EITOKU

It's not. Is the most expensive thing in the world. For a dream, a man is capable of doing anything, no matter if is right or wrong... he will do everything to fulfill a dream.

 

YUME

Do you speak about someone? That Kujo?

 

EITOKU

Yes, Kujo had a dream, to become the most powerful demon in the empire. And for that he became a killing machine, a man without heart... this dream becomes an obsession... and he became a monster.

 

YUME

What happened to him?

 

EITOKU

He was killed, by his brother.

 

YUME

How can a brother kill his own blood?

 

EITOKU

It was the only way... Kujo had in his mind to kill even the emperor because this one will always be more powerfully than him.

 

YUME

Of course, the emperor is the son of the dragon.

 

EITOKU

I know. But for him, it wasn't like that. This obsession of him... brought him to madness. And when he tried to kill his own people, his brother killed him.

 

YUME

Were you there? You were a thief, right?

 

EITOKU

Yes... I was there. Kujo was my brother. I'm the one how killed him.

 

YUME

But... you are not a demon!

 

EITOKU

Not anymore. In that day, I lose my powers, my magic. I'm just a human, but the memories are still alive. So that, Yume, I know that this man can be dangerous.

 

YUME

Does Hitomi know that you were a thief?

 

EITOKU

No. Nobody knows, and please, let it remain a secret. You have to promise me.

 

YUME

I promise. But you have to save this old man.

 

EITOKU

Is nothing that can make you change your mind?

 

YUME

No. As I said, I can't kill a man.

 

EITOKU

You have a soul too kind.

 

YUME

That means you will help him?

 

EITOKU

I will do what I can... but in this moment, only Gods can help him.

 

YUME

Thank you.

 

EITOKU

Is late, Yume, I have to go home, I think my wife is worried.

 

YUME

I will come to take my sisters home.

 

EITOKU

Where will you all sleep?

 

YUME

We will be fine. Don't worry about us.

 

EITOKU

Fine, if you need something, just came to ask.

 

YUME

Thank you, doctor!

 

EITOKU

See you tomorrow, Yume. And don’t worries, I will send Hatomi to bring Ayumi and Hiyori home.

 

YUME

Thank you! Good night.

 

The doctor is taking his bag, he look again at the old man then he wants to leave, but at the door, he stop and look again at Yume.

 

EITOKU

Yume, remembers that people are not always what they look like. You can be a thief and you can have a kind soul, or...

 

YUME

Don't worry, your secret is safe with me.

 

EITOKU

I know. Child, I'm not telling you to get this man out, but... please, be careful!

 

YUME

I will. Thank you again!

 

Eitoku smile and then he goes out. Yume go near Shiro and look at him.

 

YUME

I want to listen to your story, sir, so please don't die.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

INT. HOUSE – MORNING

 

Sleeping on a carpet near the fireplace, Yume wakes up and looking around she sees Hiyori on the bed, near Shiro, talking with this one. Ayumi is still sleeping in her old and small bed.

 

YUME

Hiyori!

 

Yume stands up and goes near the old man.

 

YUME

Sir, are you awake?

 

SHIRO

Yes. Your sister told me everything, you saved my life, thank you.

 

YUME

How do you feel?

 

SHIRO

I can only feel the pain, like I have all my bones broken and I can't move.

 

YUME

When I found you in the rain, you were wounded by an arrowhead, what happens?

 

SHIRO

I... I don't remember.

 

YUME

Please, don't lie to me! All I want is to know the truth.

 

SHIRO

The truth is that you, child saved an old man when everyone else wanted him dead.

 

YUME

But why? What did you so bad?

 

SHIRO

Nothing. I've done nothing, that's why.

 

 

YUME

Hiyori, please wake up your sister, we have a lot of work to do today!

 

HIYORI

Yes. Yume, can I go with flowers today at Lord Togai's home?

 

YUME

Yes, you can.

 

Hiyori smile and then she run to wake up Ayumi.

 

SHIRO

Lord Togai?

 

YUME

As you can see we are poor and alone, I'm the one how have to take care of them, but what can I do?

 

SHIRO

So you sell flowers?

 

YUME

Yes. Lord Togai's wife likes to practice ikebana, so we send her flowers every day and she pay us. And also, we sell flowers in the market.

 

SHIRO

I am sure is hard for you.

 

YUME

Yes, it is. I wash clothes for the daimyo, I make dresses for the samurai's wives, is hard, but we will survive.

 

SHIRO

I admire you, child. I know what means to grow up without parents.

 

YUME

My name is Yume.

 

SHIRO

I know, your sister told me a lot about you.

 

Ayumi just wakes up and come near Yume.

 

 

AYUMI

Good morning, sir! How do you feel?

 

SHIRO

Good morning, I'm fine. I think I will survive.

 

AYUMI

We all had been worried for you.

 

SHIRO

I'm sorry that you had to worries about me.

 

YUME

Ayumi, today you will go with Hiyori at lady Togai to send her the flowers.

 

AYUMI

Yes. Come on, Hiyori, let's dress up.

 

Hiyori takes Ayumi's hand and goes with her in the other room.

 

YUME

I will make a tea for you, sir.

 

SHIRO

It has been a long time since I hand a tea. It will be nice, thank you.

 

Yume just stand up and start to prepare the tea. Ayumi and Hiyori left the house with two baskets with flowers. During the preparation of the tea, Yume hasn't spoken a word. Now, she came near the bed of Shiro.

 

YUME

Here, tea of roses, it will help you feel better.

 

SHIRO

Thank you.

 

Shiro wants to move, but he screams of pain.

 

YUME

Sir! Wait, I will help you.

 

Yume put the cup of tea on the floor and then she help Shiro to rise a little. His hands are shaking, he's in pain, so she help him to drink the tea.

 

YUME

How is it?

 

SHIRO

Good, it's so good.

 

At a moment, while drinking the tea, helped by Yume, Shiro starts  crying. He is still drinking, but his tears are flowing.

 

YUME

Sir! You're crying!

 

Yume puts aside the cup of tea.

 

YUME

What is it, sir?

 

SHIRO

How can life be so unfair?

 

YUME

Nothing is right in this world. We lived by the rules. Rules made by the powerful ones. Please, don't cry, sir.

 

SHIRO

I was so powerfully, so strong, and now, I can't even drink a cup of tea by myself. How can this be possible? Is like a nightmare, my child. When you are young, everyone respects you, admire you, but when you get old and sick, like me... you became useless, and they all send you away.

 

YUME

Who did this? Who send you away, sir?

 

SHIRO

Sir? Please, call me Shiro, I'm not a sir... not anymore, but once... I was.

 

YUME

I know that you are a thief. I saw your tattoo last night. So please, talk to me, tell me the truth.

 

SHIRO

I'm not a thief anymore... but, you have such a kind soul, you knew the truth about me, and you still let me in your house.

 

YUME

I can't just throw you out. This is murder.

 

The old man smile and gently touch Yume's hand, crying.

 

SHIRO

My girl had the same hands as you. She was so beautiful.

 

YUME

What happened to her?

 

SHIRO

She died, killed by wolves.

 

YUME

I'm very sorry.

 

SHIRO

We have a tradition, that every man who wants to became a warrior have to kill one wolf. In the mountains, where we live there are a lot of packs, so they always attack our animals.

 

YUME

Was your girl a warrior?

 

SHIRO

No. But she wanted to became one. My wife died when my daughter was born, so she grow up with warriors, always surrender by powerful demons, who hunt, who fight... time passed and my child grow up. She went to the mountains to kill a wolf... the thing that would make her a fighter... but she was killed.

 

YUME

I'm sorry.

 

SHIRO

It was her decision, and I had to respect it, even that I knew she wasn't ready.

 

YUME

You said that you did nothing, so they send you away. What do you mean by that?

 

SHIRO

The truth is, my child that I was the leader of the clan. Time had the passed, and I become old, weak... I wasn't able to fight anymore, so they wanted to make someone else a leader. Yosuke, a powerful man, and a dangerous warrior took my place, but he have no heart. He doesn't show any mercy. We are seen like dangerous people, killing machine, a danger and a shame for the empire. No one dares to pass to that mountains anymore.

 

YUME

But this is not the truth, right?

 

SHIRO

It was a time when I've said no, but now, that Yosuke is the leader, I'm afraid that it's true. We had robbed the daimyo to get the money to the poor one, so nobody should feel hunger, but now... we hunt and robber only for pleasure.

 

YUME

Why are they not replacing Yosuke?

 

SHIRO

I don't say that this is Yosuke's fault. They all accept this lifestyle, his rules, they all like to kill. When our kids are young, we don't teach them how to fight... we teach them how to kill.

 

Yume just look at the old man and doesn't say anything.

 

SHIRO

One year ago it was a fight with the Setsuya clan, another clan of thieves, I wanted to make peace with them, to avoid a war, a massacre, so I went to speak with their leader, lady Kaede.

 

YUME

Is a woman leading the clan?

 

SHIRO

Yes. She's an old and very powerfully demon.

 

YUME

And what does she said?

 

SHIRO

She agreed, and she signed the deal, but when Yosuke heard about this, he wanted to kill me, he made me a traitor. He said that I'm an ally of the Setsuya's clan.

 

YUME

You did that deal for your people, so nobody would get hurt.

 

SHIRO

He couldn’t see the things like that, and when night comes, he attacked lady Kaede's clan, it was a massacre... and for that, both parts want me dead.

Yosuke, because he thinks I'm a traitor, and Kaede, because she think that everything was a trap. That I'm the one responsible for her demon's death.

 

YUME

So that arrowhead that I found in your body was shot by her?

 

SHIRO

No, indeed, it belongs to her demons, but trust me, child, if she had fired that arrow, I would be dead by now.

 

YUME

Is she really that powerfully?

 

SHIRO

Yes. Our clans were always in war, and it will never stop.

 

YUME

So you are a fugitive, now?

 

SHIRO

Yes. They all want me dead. I'm afraid that with me here, you and your sisters are not safe. I don't have anything to give you, to thank you for saving my life, but soon, when I will be able to walk, I will leave.

 

YUME

And where do you want to go?

 

SHIRO

I don't know... I hope that I will find a place in this world where an old man can live in peace. If not, I will just go home.

 

YUME

But if you do that, they will kill you!

 

SHIRO

Yes. You know, child... death is not the worse thing...

 

YUME

Stay here a while, until you can find a boat to leave the empire.

 

SHIRO

To leave the empire?

Yume, I think that I'm too old for such an adventure.

 

YUME

Then just remain here. It won't be too much, but we will share all that we have. We will survive.

 

SHIRO

No. I don't want to bother you more than I had already did.

 

YUME

Please, you don't have any place to go. If you promise me that you will keep an eye on Hiyori when I'm not home, and if you keep the fire during the day, you can stay here as long as you please.

 

SHIRO

Why are you so kind to me?

 

YUME

Because we are the same: alone.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. MARKET  -- AFTERNOON

 

The powerful sun of the summer gently touch Yume's red hair. She is at the market, walking trough the crowd, to sell flowers. In the middle of the town always is agitation, people passing, people coming,  sellers, pirates, daimyo, gypsies and kids.

Five men, all thieves, dressed in poor and dirty kimono, but with a lot of weapons after them, are passing trough the market.

 

THIEF #1

Hei, girl! Do you want to give me a flower?

 

Yume just look at the other side, and want to pass, but one of them catch her arm.

 

THIEF #1

How dare you to pass like that? Do you know how I am?

 

YUME

Please, just let me go!

 

 

THIEF #1

But why do you hurry up? Stay a little, to have a talk.

 

So hysterical the others starts laughing.

 

YUME

Please, let me go.

 

THIEF #1

Oh, dear, let me have a look closely. I can see that you are so beautiful.

 

YUME

No! Let me!

 

The thief catches Yume in his arms and gets her flowers on the ground. The others step on them, breaking everything.

 

YUME

No! Please don't do this! No!

 

THIEF #1

Look at me. Come on, tell me you name!

 

YUME

Let me, please. Stop!

 

People around them just pass, without stopping, they all see what is happening, but no one dares to help her.

 

THIEF #1

Do you want to have a walk with us? He? Maybe... we will go to pick up flowers... in the forest.

 

YUME

Just let me go! Please!

 

The thief catch Yume tighter in his arms and starts touching her without shame.

 

YUME

No! No! Please!

 

THIEF #1

Oh, you are so powerful... come on, guys, help me to hold her!

 

Still laughing, the others want to come closer, but one of them is hit so powerful that he jumps over a table. They all look in the back, but in that moment, the others are hit by the ground.

 

Scared, with big eyes, the thief looks at a young demon, with long dark hair and blue eyes, ASATO, dressed in an expensive white kimono, with a fox fure on his shoulder, escorted by five demons.

 

THIEF #1

A..A..Lord Asato!

 

The thief immediately takes his hands after Yume and bow in front of Asato. His men stand up and also bow in front of the demon.

 

ASATO

Go! And if you will ever bother this young lady again... I will kill you.

 

THIEF #1

Yes, my lord!

 

The thief bow again and then he runs with his men. Asato look at Yume and smile.

 

ASATO

Did they hurt you?

 

YUME

No!

 

ASATO

I'm really sorry for what happened here. Koichi, give to the lady some money to pay her the flowers broken by those idiots.

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord!

 

KOICHI, one of the Lord Asato's demons, a tall man, with white hair and green eyes come closer and give to Yume five gold coins.

 

YUME

This is too much, I can't accept it.

 

KOICHI

Please accept it, as well as my appologize. They will not bother you anymore but you have to be careful, a young lady should not walk alone. People like those ones are everywhere.

 

YUME

Thank you.

 

A woman pass with a basket full of hot bread, and Yume look at it for a second, but it was enough for Asato to notice it. He run and arrive near that woman, buy it all basket, then he came back.

 

ASATO

Here, this is for you.

 

YUME

No, I... I can't.

 

ASATO

Please, you need it more than I do. Just accept it.

 

YUME

I don't want your mercy.

 

ASATO

This is not mercy...is...is the honor. I'm glad that i met you, of course, the circumstances may look strange... so, please, can you tell me your name?

 

YUME

I'm Yume.

 

ASATO

Yume? That's a beautiful name.

 

YUME

Thank you.

 

KOICHI

My Lord! Up there!

 

Asato looks in the direction indicated by Koichi and sees a man wearing a black and long cape.

 

ASATO

Go!

 

His demons leave immediately.

 

YUME

Did something happen?

 

ASATO

Please don't worry about that. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I wish that I could stay more... but I have something to do. Take care of you, Yume.

 

YUME

Thank you for protecting me, and for the money... and bread.. for everything.

 

They both smile.

 

ASATO

I'm sure that we will meet again. Soon.

 

Asato gently touches her on the face, then he runs away. For some moments, she can't even move, she doesn't even breath, then she leave.

 

CUT TO.

 

EXT. HOUSE – LATER

 

Yume arrives home, and stops for a moment to talk with her neighbour, doctor Eitoku, who is brooming in front of his house.

 

YUME

Good evening, doctor.

 

EITOKU

Good evening, Yume. How was your day?

 

YUME

It was fine. Here, i want you to have this.

Yume give him one bread from the basket.

 

EITOKU

Bread? From where do you have it?

 

YUME

Don't ask. Just accept it.

 

EITOKU

Thank you.

 

YUME

No, I thank you for what you did last night.

 

EITOKU

Child, you still have that man in your house?

 

YUME

I accepted him to live here a while.

 

EITOKU

You can't do this. Is too dangerous.

 

YUME

He is old! If he leave than he will die.

 

EITOKU

Yume...

 

YUME

Please, let's me do the things in the way that i want.

 

EITOKU

I'm thinking olny of your safety. If the thieves are on his ways, and they find him here... you will be killed.

 

YUME

I know. But is a risk that i take.

 

EITOKU

You can do as you please, but... I just hope that you won't regret it.

 

YUME

I won't.

 

Yume smiled then, she enters in the house.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Inside the house, Shiro sits on a chair, at the table and help Ayumi to put the food on the plates.

Hiyori sits on the carpet, on the floor and entwined a crown of flowers.

 

YUME

I'm back home.

 

SHIRO

Welcome back.

 

YUME

You look better than in the morning, how do you fell?

 

SHIRO

It doesn't hurt that much... I think i will survive.

 

AYUMI

Yume, from where do you have bread?

 

YUME

This is a secret. Hiyori, come here, is time to eat!

 

The little girl came and they all sits at the table.

 

SHIRO

How was your day?

 

YUME

Fine...

 

SHIRO

You are happy... tell me, what happened?

 

YUME

Shiro, do you know any demon named, Asato?

 

SHIRO

Asato? Yes, i know three or four demons with this name, why?

 

YUME

This one I think is a thief... but he looks so different... not poor and dirty like the others. He seems rich and powerfull.

A group of robbers bows in front of him... and called him Lord Asato.

 

SHIRO

Yume... did you meet that demon?

 

YUME

Yes.

 

SHIRO

Where?

 

 

 

YUME

Today at the market. I was attacked by some robbers, and he saved me. You know him, right? You know about how I'm speaking?

 

Shiro let the bread from his hand on the table, and for a while, he doesn't say anything.

 

SHIRO

Lord Asato... he's Lady Kaede's son. He's the heir of Setsuya's clan.

 

YUME

No...

 

SHIRO

He's dangerous, and I think he's looking for me.

 

YUME

I won't be so sure, it seems to me that he is after someone else...

 

SHIRO

You have to stay away from him. Is too dangerous.

 

YUME

He doesn't seems dangerous.

 

SHIRO

Listen to me, child, i know what I'm speaking.

 

YUME

He was so kind to me.

 

SHIRO

Is not good to be involved in this kind of problems. Your friendship with Lord Asato won't bring anything good.

 

YUME

We are not friends, he just saved my life today.

 

SHIRO

I can see it in your eyes. I know is more than that. Be careful, Yume... maybe he looks charming, but he is dangerous.

 

YUME

I will be careful. Also, for someone like him, a person like me means nothing.

 

SHIRO

Well, child, I won't be so sure about this. Also, you are not safe with me here... I should leave immediately.

 

YUME

No. Please, don't! You are not safe outside.

 

SHIRO

If I stay here, Asato's daemons will hunt your family.

 

YUME

You are a part of family now. I won't let you get killed.

 

SHIRO

Oh, child. You can't do nothing against them...

 

YUME

Maybe... but for a while, you will be safe here. Maybe... if I will speak with Asato...

 

SHIRO

No! Do this and he will kill you!

 

YUME

I...

 

SHIRO

He is not what you think. Child, promise me that you will stay away from him.

 

YUME

I will.

 

SHIRO

I have a feeling that it will be impossible... also..

if he likes you... he will come back to look after you.

 

YUME

You think he will come back?

 

SHIRO

Oh, child...

 

Yume doesn't say a word, just looks at her food and smile, after that she continues to eat.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. STREET – MORNING

 

Earlier in the morning, Yume is carrying an empty basket and walk throughout the street, but at the corner, TAKEI, a man with black cape run as fast as he can, but he hit Yume, and they both fall on the ground.

 

Scared, he sits on one knees and look at her.

The cape fall from his head, he is a young man, with blue eyes and blonde hair.

 

TAKEI

I'm... I'm very sorry! Please forgive me! Are you ok? Did I hurt you?

 

He help her stand up and make sure she is all right. Yume look at him, but it's impossible for her to say anything, being captured by this one's beauty.

 

TAKEI

I couldn't see you... I'm really sorry for what happened.

 

YUME

That is ok, please, don't worry about it.

 

TAKEI

Thank you. My... my name is Takei. What are you doing here at this hour?

 

YUME

I'm Yume. And...

 

She wants to say something else, but an arrow hit the boy in his leg. She screams scared, he almost falls on his keens, and looking back, he can see a band of almost 10 demons, all of them dressed in black, with their face cover.

 

TAKEI

Run! Get out of here, now!

 

YUME

You are injured!

 

TAKEI

I will be fine, leave now, they shouldn't see you here. Go!

 

His wound is bleeding, but, without saying a sound, he gets the arrow out of his flesh.

 

TAKEI

Setsuya's assassins.

 

YUME

Come here!

 

Yume catch his arm and get him near the wall of a house, protecting him not to be seen by one of the assassins.

 

TAKEI

Don't do this, please. You have to go now when you still have time.

 

YUME

You are hurt, if I let you alone, they will catch you, and you will be killed.

 

TAKEI

Thank you, I see that you have such a great opinion about my power. Lady... I'm a demon.

 

Yume covers his mouth with her hand, stopping him from talking. One of the assassins come near and look around. He sees the arrow on the ground and some blood.

 

The assassins make a sign to his team to come closer, and when he knees, touching the arrow, look at the right and see the girl with the thief.

In that moment, he shoot an arrow, but it pass near them. Yume scream.

 

TAKEI

Run! Now!

 

Takei catches her hand and even if his leg is injured, he starts runing.

 

TAKEI

Now is too late, they have seen you! I told you to leave!

 

Looking back, Yume see that the assassins are following them. They run throught the market, near all the crowd, passing by all the buildings.

When an arrow hit Takei's shoulder all people around them scream. He stops, and almost fall, but Yume holds him.

 

YUME

No!

 

TAKEI

You must run. I will try to hold them so you can have time enough to run.

 

YUME

They will kill you. Don't be like that and admit that you need me.

 

TAKEI

They are too dangerous, I don't want you to get hurt.

 

YUME

We must leave. Now.

 

All people around are looking at them, scared. Yume helps him, catching him by the arm and then run. He has the arrow in the back, and he is in pain.

 

The assassins are fallowing them, running behind, hurting people on their way.

They RUN fast as possible and get out of the market. Now they run on the road, around them are some houses.

Takei fall on the ground, and breath hard.

 

TAKEI

The arrow is poisoned.

 

YUME

We can't stop, they are almost here. Like this we won't have any chance to escape.

 

TAKEI

Stay back.

 

Two arrows are coming fast to them, but Takei just raises his hand and the arrows burns. Yume look scared, and she can see that Takei's eyes are now yellow.

 

TAKEI

Don't be afraid!

 

Yume make a step back, and Takei catches the arrow from his back and breaks it. He doesn't make any sound, but his pain can be read on his face.

 

TAKEI

What I think is better for you to close your eyes.

 

YUME

I'm not afraid of you.

 

TAKEI

Trust me, close your eyes.

 

YUME

Fine.

 

Yume close her eyes, then, Takei looks at those assassins who stands in front of him, preparing to kill him.

 

Around him a light appears, his yellow eyes became blue again, in his right palm a powerful ball appears, and when the assassins run to attack him, Takei hit the ground with the ball of light and it makes an explosion.

 

The assassins are killed. His nose is bleeding, but he remove it and after that he catch Yume by the hand and starts runing.

 

TAKEI

Let's go! Run, young lady.

 

YUME

You are bleeding.

 

TAKEI

I will be fine.

 

Takei looks back and sees the dead bodies.

 

TAKEI

More of them will come. Soon they will be here, we must hurry up.

 

Hand on hand, they run on the empty road. The houses are so quiet, like no one lives in there.

At some moment, when they almost arrive out of town, Takei fall on his knees.

 

YUME

You! Why can't you just heal...

 

TAKEI

This is not so easy... also, I already told you, the arrow is poisoned.

 

YUME

You are looking terrible.

 

TAKEI

Thank you! I really appreciate it... but it doesn't help at all.

 

YUME

Stop being so arrogant! You will die.

 

TAKEI

I can't die so easy. I just need to rest, my wounds will heal, but in time... I'm too weak right now.

 

He tries to stand up, but he falls again. Yume catch him and see that he have a huge fever.

 

YUME

For all gods, you are burning.

 

TAKEI

Is just a little fever. Don't worries.

 

Yume look around and between all the houses, at the end of the street, where the forest begin, is a small house, with a barn near it.

 

YUME

I have an idea, let's go!

 

TAKEI

Ahh.. please, try not to kill me.

 

Takei almost screams of pain, when he stand up. Yume hold him, standing so close, feeling his breath, his heart beating fast, and looking at his face.

 

TAKEI

At what are you staring like that?

 

 

YUME

I'm not staring!

 

So shy, she can't look at him anymore, but he just smile. They walk and arrive at the gate of that house.

 

TAKEI

Are you sure that this is a good idea?

 

YUME

Who is the thief here? You or me?

 

TAKEI

What? How do you know that I'm a thief?

 

YUME

Long story. Let's go.

 

They enters and walk at the barn. Yume opens the door and after that, both of them go inside.

 

Aggressive, running and growing a big dog appear. Yume scream and hold Takei so tight in her arms, so tight that he makes a powerful sound of pain.

 

TAKEI

Is just a dog!

 

The dog is still barking aggressively. Trying to attack them. Takei looks at it and raises his hand but when he closed his fist, the dog falls unconscious on the ground.

 

YUME

You killed him!

 

TAKEI

No! He will just have a long sleep. Don't worry, I'm not a dog killer. Also, I don't have...

 

Takei's nose is bleeding and he fall on the knees.

 

YUME

You must sit down! You need to rest.

 

Yume help him to stand up, to walk on the part of the barn where is some grass, and to sit on it. Takei is so weak, and he has a big fever.

 

TAKEI

Listen to me, you must get the arrow out of my back.

 

YUME

Fine.

 

TAKEI

Fine? Are you sure you can do it?

 

YUME

Yeah. Actually, I think that I getting used to it.

 

TAKEI

I'm not sure I want to know. Just be careful.

 

Takei looks again at her, and after that, he start to open his kimono but he is too shy.

 

YUME

Can you hurry up? Do you need help?

 

TAKEI

No, I'm fine.

 

He opens his kimono, and Yume gets it down, now she can see the half of arrow. The wound is still bleeding.

 

YUME

It's still bleeding.

 

TAKEI

Do it fast. Please.

 

YUME

You are such a child.

 

Yume catch the arrow and start to take it out. Takei is screaming as loud as he can.

His flesh is breaking and his wound bleeding, but Yume gets the arrow out.

 

YUME

Done. Look, this is the arrow.

 

But Takei can't answer, his pain is too big. He almost breathes and his fever became bigger. He feels like everything falls around him.

 

YUME

Takei? Takei, are you all right?

 

TAKEI

No...

 

Yume let the arrow down and is getting scared when he almost falls unconscious.

 

YUME

Takei, look at me! Hei!

 

His fever became stronger. Drops of sweat cover his forehead. He falls, but Yume catches him in her arms.

 

YUME

No! Please, don't die! Takei!

 

Unconscious, he just makes a sound of pain. Her hands are full with his blood, scared, Yume starts crying.

 

YUME

Please, wake up! Is nothing that I can do to help you!

 

The barn's door is opening. Yume rises her head and looks scared in that way, but she sees KUMIKO, an old lady who just enters.

 

The woman stops near the door, and look at Yume, see her crying, so scared, with that young man in her arms. Both of them are looking like a statue of pain.

 

YUME

Please, help me! Please.

 

Kumiko looks at Yume, and then she smile, so gently, and come close. Even now, the girl is scared.

 

KUMIKO

Please, don't be scared. My name is Kumiko, I won't hurt you.

 

Now, Kumiko can see that Yume is worried about Takei, she is afraid only for him.

 

KUMIKO

Your friend is safe. Nobody will hurt him here. Tell me, child, what happened to him?

 

YUME

An arrow hit him in the back, and in the leg. He's poisoned.

 

KUMIKO

Can I come closer? To take a look?

 

Yume look for some moments in the old lady's eyes, and after that she agree.

Kumiko comes closer and knees near them.

 

KUMIKO

Don't worry, I won't hurt him.

 

Kumiko touches Takei's forehead and realizes how big his fever is.

 

KUMIKO

For all Gods, he need immediately care. The poisoned is too powerful.

 

YUME

Please, don't let him die.

 

KUMIKO

He's a demon my child, he can't die so easyly, but his pain is terrible. I think that I have something that can help him. I will be right back. Just wait a moment.

 

Kumiko stand up and after that, she goes out.

Yume look at the boy, holding him in her arms, she became so shy, and look in another way, but then, slowly, she looks at him again.

So beautiful, so young, blonde with long hair, he looks like a fallen angel.

 

YUME

Takei... the one that hurts you, the leader of the assassins, lord Asato, how can be possible for me to love such a man? How can the man that I love hurt you? Why would he? Who are you? What is your story?

 

Yume look at the door and see Kumiko who just enter with a silver tray on her hand, on which are tree glass cups. She came near them and sit down.

 

KUMIKO

Let's see what I can do for him, my child. Here, help me to make him drink it!

 

Yume make him open his mouth and the lady force him to drink some tea. After that, she sits him on the grass.

 

KUMIKO

Until tomorrow, he will be fine. Don't worries too much my child. It will make his wounds heal faster, it will remove the poison.

 

With the herbs from the glass, the old lady tries to heal Takei's wounds.

 

KUMIKO

Is he your husband?

 

YUME

No.

 

KUMIKO

But you love him...

 

YUME

No. I... I just meet him.

 

KUMIKO

Then, why are you so worried about him?

 

YUME

I...

 

KUMIKO

I'm sorry, I shouldn't ask you so many questions. I don't have visitors so often...

 

YUME

I'm sorry that we enter into your house without asking, but I was scared, I don't know what to do.

 

KUMIKO

Don't worry about it. I would help you earlier if I knew.

 

YUME

I don't have anything to give you in return.

 

KUMIKO

I don't help you because I expect something in return.

 

The lady is breaking her long dress, and bandage the thief's wounds.

 

KUMIKO

A long time ago I had a son looking exactly like him.

 

YUME

Your son was a demon? What happened to him?

 

KUMIKO

Into a fight, both he and his father died. Since then I'm alone.

 

Kumiko looks for some moments at Takei, thinking of her son, and after that, she stands up.

 

KUMIKO

That was all that I could do for him, now only the Gods can protect him.

 

YUME

Thank you. I will never forget what you did for me. And thank you for letting us stay here tonight.

 

KUMIKO

It's a pleasure for me. He just needs some rest, take care of him...

 

YUME

I will.

 

Kumiko takes her stuff and after looking again at the demon, she leaves the room.

Yume touches Takei's forehead, his fever is now lower.

 

YUME

You will survive. Sleep now, Takei. Heal yourself.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. HOUSE – LATER

 

Yume wake up and look around. She can hear the sound of the rain, and also another strange sound. Like a scream.

Near her, Takei is sleeping. She touches him and realize that his fever is gone.

 

YUME

You don't have the fever anymore. Please, wake up soon.

 

In that moment, she could hear a powerful scream. Immediately she stand up and run at the door. Slowly opens it and when she gets out, she can see the dog killed right in front of her eyes.

 

YUME

No!

 

From the house, Kumiko is getting drag out by the assassins. One of them hit her so powerful that she falls on the ground, in the water, but the others make her stand up.

 

YUME

No! Stop! Don't hurt her!

 

Yume run in the rain, but she stops, screaming scared when the assassins kills Kumiko.

 

 

YUME

Noooo! No...

 

The assassins look at her, but in that moment, from the roof, a band of almost 20 demons appears. All of them dressed in black, only two of them, IISHI and DAIKI have their face uncovered.

Yume just look scared. In the middle of the rain, a massacre is in front of her eyes.

 

Demons fighting, killing everything in their way.

She screams as loud as she can when pieces of an attack hit her. She falls on the ground, bleeding from every corner of her body.

Looking up, to the sky, black clouds seems to cover it. The rainfall over her body and wash the blood.

 

She can hear the screams of the assassins, the words and the sound of spiritual power.

A dead body falls just near her, with the head almost decapitated. Looking at it, she starts crying.

 

She can see someone approaching, knees near her... and the, she can see him, lord ASATO.

 

ASATO

You... I remember you. The girl with flowers...

 

YUME

Please...

 

ASATO

How can you be here? Hei! Look at me!

 

Yume almost falls unconscious. Asato touches her hand, and then, she opens her eyes.

 

ASATO

Please, don't die!

 

YUME

Help me...

 

ASATO

But I...

 

Asato is looking at his own hands. Then, Koichi, one of his best warriors comes near him.

 

KOICHI

My Lord, don't do that!

 

ASATO

Koichi!

 

KOICHI

How is she still alive?

 

ASATO

I can't help her. Is nothing that I can do for her.

 

KOICHI

My Lord, she is a human. Your power will just kill her.

 

ASATO

Can you heal her? Your magic is pure, Koichi!

 

KOICHI

I can try... but I'm not sure that she will survive.

 

ASATO

Do it. If not, she will die anyway.

 

A daemon comes running, prepared to kill them, but Asato sees him and throws a dagger into his heart.

 

ASATO

I have to find Takei, please, Koichi, take her into the mountains! Heal her wounds.

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord!

 

Asato looks again at Yume, the he goes back, fighting, trying to find Takei.

 

KOICHI

Come, my lady! Let me help you.

 

Koichi whispers something, and then, a black horse appears. He take Yume in his arms, get with her on the horse than he just rides away.

 

KOICHI

Try to be strong, young lady!

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Asato fights, killing few demons, then, he can see Ishii and Daiki with someone, trying to run away.

 

ASATO

Takei!

 

Asato run in the barn, he can see blood on the floor, but no one is there anymore.

 

ASATO

Motherfucker!

 

Asato becomes angry, and he just goes out, closing the door behind him.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

 

 

 

INT. HOUSE – EVENING

 

By time to time, Yume open her eyes, and see Koichi next to her. He is a surrender by white magic, like a veil, and his white hair seems to be brighter.

 

Almost unconscious, she sees the daemon's green eyes watching over her. Everything is like an illusion, she can feel the pain, she want to scream, but she doesn’t have the power to do so.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Yume wakes up and sees Koichi, sleeping in a chair next to her bed. Looking around, she is in a big bedroom. In pain, she makes a sound when she try to move.

In that moment, Koichi wakes up.

 

KOICHI

My lady! You are awake!

 

YUME

What is this place? Where am I?

 

KOICHI

This is Lord Asato's room. You are in the mountains.

 

 

YUME

For all Gods... what happened to me?

 

KOICHI

Can't you remember?

 

YUME

I remember that I was there, in the middle of the fight... and then... I was hit.

 

KOICHI

By a daemon attack. You were dying, but Lord Asato asked me to bring you here, so I can heal you.

 

YUME

You saved my life.

 

KOICHI

Did I? Tell me, how do you feel?

 

YUME

I don't know... I can feel like a pain is here... but it doesn't hurt too much. Like... it's a part of myself.

 

KOICHI

That is my power! For a moment, I thought that you will die.

 

YUME

I... for how long I've been unconscious?

 

KOICHI

Four days.

 

YUME

Four days... I have to go back home, my sisters, they are looking for me...

 

KOICHI

You can't go home yet. You must recover.

 

YUME

Please, they are so young, I can't let them alone. Help me to go home.

 

KOICHI

Don't you understand? You might die. I don't know what will happen now, I never healed a human before.

 

YUME

I understand. I think that I need some fresh air, can you help me go outside for a while? Please.

 

KOICHI

Fine. Also, Lord Asato, he will be happy to see you alive... he was worried that you won't survive.

 

YUME

Was he worried about me?

 

KOICHI

Yes.

 

Yume smile.

 

KOICHI

Listen, please don't even think to play with him... he is too dangerous.

 

YUME

What?

 

KOICHI

You were there, in the battle, for Taiki. Do you know? Taiki is the worse enemy of Lord Asato... you, child... you have to choose a side.

 

YUME

Why?

 

KOICHI

I am not saying that you don't belong to this world but is complicated. Don't get involved in daemon's fight if you can't accept it.

 

YUME

I don't understand.

 

KOICHI

I can feel it, the war is close, and you will have to chose... Lord Asato or Takei, because only one of them will survive.

 

YUME

Please don't say such a thing.

 

KOICHI

This is the truth. You better know and accept it.

 

YUME

How can...

 

KOICHI

Listen, it is not my business, but Lord Asato likes you... please, don't force him to kill you.

 

YUME

To kill me?

 

KOICHI

I don't want to say anything more. Just be careful, young lady, Lord Asato can be colder than you can imagine.

 

Koichi helps Yume to get down from the bed and go outside.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. MOUNTAINS VILLAGE – MORNING

 

Yume go out, Koichi is near her, holding her arm so tight and she walks, but for a moment, the light hurts her eyes.

 

KOICHI

Is everything all right?

 

YUME

I just need a moment.

 

KOICHI

Breath! Please, remain calm! Close your eyes and just breath.

 

Yume did what Koichi said. The daemon still holds her arm, and now, she open her eyes and take a look at him, and after that at the village.

 

The mountain is so big, the sky seems so far but still so blue.

Trees are near the houses and on the other side of the mountain is a waterfall... and then...  she sees Lord Asato, cuting woods with an ax, but soon, he realize that she is starting at him.

 

ASATO

Yume!

 

Asato lets the ax aside, and goes near them.

 

KOICHI

My Lord!

 

ASATO

You are awake! How do you feel?

 

YUME

I'm fine. Thank you for everything!

 

ASATO

No! Please, you have to thank Koichi! He is the one who saved your life and took care of you... he haven't sleep, eat or anything else.

 

YUME

Koichi...

 

 

KOICHI

Don't worry, I'm glad that I could help.

 

ASATO

You spend a lot of time inside the house, take a walk with me, it will help you feel better.

 

YUME

Of course.

 

KOICHI

I will go to... find some food, and see what is my mom doing.

 

YUME

Thank you again, Koichi.

 

KOICHI

Please, don't worries about it and remember what I told you.

 

Koichi bows his head in front of his master, then he leaves.

 

ASATO

Can I?

 

Yume become shy when Asato catches her hand. They start walking, but she is looking only at the ground.

 

ASATO

So... what is that interesting about the ground?

 

YUME

Nothing...

 

She look at him and smile so shy.

 

ASATO

How does it feels?

 

YUME

Strange. I don't know how to explain it... it still hurt, but in the same time, is something that I can leave with.

 

ASATO

I see. Koichi was worried that you won't survive, that his power will kill you.

 

 

YUME

You are more powerful than him, why don't you...

 

ASATO

I would kill you.

 

Asato almost yells at her.

 

ASATO

My magic is black. I can't heal anything, just kill.

 

YUME

I'm sorry! I shouldn't ask such thing.

 

ASATO

Is fine.

 

For some moments, they just walk, without saying a word.

 

ASATO

Why were you there?

 

YUME

What?

 

ASATO

In that day, why you were in the middle of fighting?

 

YUME

I...

 

ASATO

Please don't lie to me.

 

Asato stops walking and looks at her.

 

ASATO

You were there with Takei. He was wounded and you helped him. How do you know him? Or better... should I ask... do you even know him?

 

YUME

I met him on that day. I just know that his name is Takei.

 

ASATO

You don't know anything about him!

 

YUME

Why do you hate him so much? He is so kind... a person like him could never hurt someone.

 

ASATO

He is dangerous! You don't have any idea what are you talking.

 

YUME

Once, someone told me to stay away from you, because you are too dangerous. And look at me, here, near you... and still alive.

 

ASATO

What? Who said that? Takei?

 

YUME

It doesn't matter.

 

ASATO

Of course, he told you to stay away from me... I would never expect something else from him.

 

YUME

Don't be like that! He is not what you think!

 

ASATO

It wasn't him...

 

YUME

I…

 

ASATO

The person how told you to stay away from me... wasn't Takei. Tell me, who is it?

 

YUME

It doesn't matter.

 

ASATO

Tell me! I must know.

 

YUME

Why?

 

ASATO

Because I have to. Now, tell me.

 

 

YUME

I can't...

 

Asato grabs her arm.

 

ASATO

Tell me!

 

YUME

Please, you hurt me.

 

Riding a black horse, lady KAEDE, a beautiful woman, with dark hair and blue eyes, the leader of Setsuya's clan just arrive.

 

KAEDE

Asato!

 

ASATO

Mom! Welcome back home!

 

Kaede takes a look at Yume.

 

KAEDE

You are alive!

 

YUME

Yes, my lady!

 

KAEDE

Then you should go home. Here, is not a place for someone like you.

 

ASATO

Mom!

 

KAEDE

I will ask a guardian to come with you, is dangerous to go alone.

 

YUME

I will be fine.

 

ASATO

I will come with you.

 

 

 

KAEDE

No! We have things to do! I need you to be ready for an attack, so, just send the girl home.

 

ASATO

Yes.

 

Kaede just leaves, without looking again at Yume.

 

YUME

I want to go home! My sisters need me. I'm sure that they are looking for me.

 

ASATO

I will ask Koichi to come with you.

 

YUME

No! I will be fine. I can go on my own.

 

ASATO

No, of course, you can't. You will just get killed. Koichi will come with you.

 

YUME

Fine.

 

ASATO

Let's go back!

 

Yume start to walk, but after few steps, her nose is bleeding and she almost fall, but Asato catches her in his arms.

 

ASATO

Yume!

 

YUME

I'm fine.

 

ASATO

Of course, you are not! You are bleeding.

 

YUME

Is just...

 

She wants to remove the blood, but her hand is shaking.

 

 

ASATO

I will take you to Koichi. He can help you.

 

YUME

No! I have to go home.

 

ASATO

Not like that. You are not healed yet.

 

YUME

I'm fine. Just, let me go home. My sisters need me. Please.

 

ASATO

No!

 

Asato takes her in his arms and then he starts walking.

 

ASATO

Koichi will help you.

 

YUME

Lady Kaede is right, I don't belong here. Is not my place... is nothing for me here.

 

ASATO

I'm here!

 

Yume can't say anything anymore. She raise her eyes and look at Asato, but this one, look straight to the path and keep walking.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

Into the village, Koichi comes in front of them, running.

 

ASATO

Koichi!

 

KOICHI

My Lord! What is happening, I can feel her pain!

 

ASATO

I don't know, but she is bleeding!

 

KOICHI

What?

 

YUME

I'm fine!

 

ASATO

No, you are not! She almost falls on the ground, and after that, her nose started bleeding.

 

KOICHI

You have to come with me inside! Now!

 

ASATO

Let's go!

 

They walk inside the house.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

Asato put Yume on the bed, and then he stands up. Koichi sits near her and touches her forehead.

 

KOICHI

You have a fever! My Lord, something is wrong, but I don't know what.

 

ASATO

You said that her wound is healed.

 

KOICHI

Yes, it is. But the energy is still inside her. A daemon energy.

 

ASATO

And is killing her.

 

Yume opens her mouth and almost screams, but she can't breathe anymore.

 

KOICHI

Yume! No! Yume!

 

ASATO

Koichi! Do something.

 

KOICHI

Yume! Breath! Breath!

 

ASATO

She's dying, Koichi.

 

KOICHI

What can I do?

 

Yume close her eyes, and still can't breathe. Scared, Koichi says an incantation, he uses her power, so she can breathe again.

 

ASATO

Is she all right?

 

Now, Yume is unconscious but is alive. She looks like is sleeping.

 

KOICHI

For the moment. But my Lord, I don't know if she can survive. The energy is too strong for her.

 

ASATO

Please, help her! Don't let her die. She is very important to us.

 

KOICHI

May I ask why?

 

ASATO

She can help us catch Taiki. That bastard trusts her. And now, he doesn't know anything about her, he doesn't know if she is still alive or not.

 

KOICHI

So he will go look after her, that's why lady Kaede what us to send her home.

 

ASATO

Yes. Also... she knows more that she let us see. Is something that borders me... and I want to find what.

 

KOICHI

My Lord, forgive me, but, is it all? All that you are interested about?

 

ASATO

What do you want to say?

 

KOICHI

You like the girl, don't you?

 

 

ASATO

I don't know, maybe... but the fact that Taiki touched her make me feel sick.

 

KOICHI

You can't be so sure of that.

 

ASATO

Someday, I will kill that bastard for everything that he did to me... and this girl... she will bring him to us.

 

Koichi looks at Yume.

 

KOICHI

Her heart is beating so slowly. My Lord, I guess that we should bring Shigeaki. He can help her.

 

ASATO

Shigeaki? I don't trust that old jerk! I won't even let him heal my horse.

 

KOICHI

Maybe he is crazy and insane, but he's powerful!

 

ASATO

I don't trust him.

 

KOICHI

I will watch him. My Lord, the girl is dying, if you want her to live, then you should bring Shigeaki here.

 

ASATO

Fine, I go to speak with him. But, Koichi... if he will do any harm to her... you can kill him.

 

KOICHI

Yes, My Lord!

 

ASATO

Just, try to keep her alive until I will come back!

 

Asato goes out of the room.

 

 

CUT TO:

 

 

EXT. FOREST  -- AFTERNOON

 

Asato is riding a white horse trough the forest, but soon he arrive at an old house.

He gets down, and then he goes near the house and knock at the door. From inside, a voice can be heard.

 

SHIGEAKI

Come in!

 

Asato enters in the house.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

INT. SHIGEAKI'S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

 

Asato looks around but is dark.

 

ASATO

Shigeaki? Are you here? It's me, Asato!

 

SHIGEAKI (O.S.)

I know! Come here, Lord Asato Setsuya!

 

Asato walks slowly, careful at everything and then he arrive in another room.

Near a fireplace, SHIGEAKI, and an old man, with white eyes, stays on a chair, with a black cat on his knees.

 

SHIGEAKI

I was waiting for you, Lord Asato! Please, have a sit!

 

ASATO

How did you knew that I will come?

 

SHIGEAKI

She is here, but she is wounded. Your warrior is trying to heal her... but so he will only save her body, but not her soul.

 

ASATO

What do you want to say?

 

SHIGEAKI

You heard me. The spiritual energy will kill her soul. Everything that once was human... will die... and for her, it will be only darkness.

 

ASATO

Can you help her?

 

SHIGEAKI

Maybe.

 

ASATO

Then do it! Save her life... please.

 

SHIGEAKI

What happened to you? With that Lord Asato that I used to know?

 

ASATO

What do you want to say?

 

SHIGEAKI

Why are you doing this? Why do you help her?

 

ASATO

I have to. She is in this situation because of me.

 

SHIGEAKI

Don't lie, we both know that is not true.

 

ASATO

You...

 

SHIGEAKI

Look into your heart, young Lord, you must take a decision until is not too late.

 

ASATO

Too late for what?

 

SHIGEAKI

You know...

 

ASATO

Stop playing with me!

 

SHIGEAKI

Playing? I'm not playing, Lord Asato... but she is. Still, someday she will take a decision...

 

ASATO

What decision?

 

SHIGEAKI

I don't know, but it has to be important. Her sky will become dark, and she needs a light... can you be that light?

 

ASATO

What?

 

SHIGEAKI

Are you the light from her darkness?

 

ASATO

Why are you asking me such a thing... I don't have any light... I'm the darkness.

 

SHIGEAKI

Are you?

 

ASATO

What is the meaning of all this?

 

SHIGEAKI

Lord Asato... it is meant to happen. If she has to die... then...

 

ASATO

Tell me, can you save her life or not?

 

SHIGEAKI

First we have to save her soul, not her life.

 

ASATO

Then do it!

 

SHIGEAKI

Me? No... I'm afraid that I can't do it. But I know someone who can.

 

ASATO

Who?

 

SHIGEAKI

You know....

 

ASATO

Of course I don't! Stop playing with me like that. She doesn't have much time.

 

SHIGEAKI

Don't worry, she won't die so soon. She still has time until the darkness will take her soul.

 

ASATO

Just tell me, who is that person?

 

SHIGEAKI

Takei Kimura!

 

ASATO

What?

 

SHIGEAKI

Yes, you heard what I just said.

 

ASATO

How can he help her?

 

SHIGEAKI

Did you ever looked at him? Have you seen him before all that hate and fury?

 

ASATO

And what exactly was I supposed to see?

 

Asato becomes angry but even so, he is trying to control his fury.

 

SHIGEAKI

That kid is light itself. He is very powerful... he just don't know it yet.

 

ASATO

He is just a kid, Takei is too young and he can't control all his power.

 

SHIGEAKI

Not yet.

 

ASATO

He can't be more powerful than Koichi.

 

SHIGEAKI

Oh, that warrior is nothing comparing to him. Listen to me, young lord, if you want to save her... then bring her to Takei.

 

 

ASATO

You are insane.

 

SHIGEAKI

You will see with your own eyes. Her soul is touched by the daemon’s energy... she will die.

 

ASATO

Koichi's power is pure... how can it be possible?

 

SHIGEAKI

Black or white, it's still spiritual energy... pure or impure... he's still a daemon.

 

ASATO

Will you help me, or not?

 

SHIGEAKI

I already did.

 

ASATO

If you really think that I will ever ask Takei for something... then you might be crazier than I ever thought.

 

SHIGEAKI

I can't do anything for her. Just to give her more time. Here... there are the tears of a shadow beats, it will help her... but it won't save her soul.

 

ASATO

Thank you!

 

Asato takes the small bottle from Shigeaki's hand, and then he want to leave.

 

SHIGEAKI

Lord Asato! The past will never come back no matter how many people you kill. Back then.. he was just a child... forgive him.

 

ASATO

Never!

 

Then Asato leave from the house.

 

SHIGEAKI

Oh well, what can you do. Some things... are just meant to happen.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. HOUSE – LATER

 

Lord Asato enters in the room, but it's empty. No one is there anymore, the bed is empty and it look like they left in the hurry.

 

ASATO

Koichi!

 

Asato run out of the room.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

EXT. MOUNTAINS VILLAGE – CONTINUOUS

 

Asato run and go near a kid.

 

ASATO

Do you know where Koichi is? Have you seen him?

 

KID

Yes, my Lord, he just left with a young lady.

 

ASATO

When?

 

KID

Not long time ago. She was crying and she just run out of the house, Koichi-sama was trying to stop her.

 

ASATO

Have you seen which way they left?

 

KID

Yes, on here!

 

The kid shows the way to Asato, and in that moment he realize what is happening and his heart becomes worried.

 

ASATO

Yamato pass.... No!

 

Asato just starts runing, without looking behind at the kid. He go near a tree and get his horse, then he rides away, passing like the wind.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. FOREST – LATER

 

KOICHI

Yume! Wait! For all Gods, lady! Wait!

 

Yume is running but she step on a rock and fall to the ground. Koichi runs near her and catches her by the arm when she want to stand up.

 

YUME

Let me go! Take your hands off me!

 

KOICHI

Can you please calm down for a second?

 

Yume remain quiet and for some moments, she just looks deep into Koichi's green eyes.

 

KOICHI

I just want to protect you! Which part of you might die don't you understand? Also, are you mad? How can you run like that? Do you have any idea how dangerous is this place? Do you have any idea where are you in this moment?

 

Koichi yells at her, but she doesn't say anything.

 

KOICHI

Say something!

 

YUME

I just want to go home!

 

Yume starts crying. Looking at her tears, Koichi can't say anything. But after that, a sound can be heard.

He become worried and look at everything that moves around.

 

YUME

What is that sound?

 

KOICHI

Shhh!

 

A powerful growling can be heard from the forest.

 

KOICHI

Be ready to run!

 

YUME

What? What is happening?

 

KOICHI

Those damn wolves are here!

 

YUME

Wolves?

 

KOICHI

Listen to me, you have to cross the bridge, they won't follow you there.

 

YUME

How about you?

 

KOICHI

I will be fine! Just, do what I told you! Now!

 

A pack of seven wolves, big gray creatures, with yellow eyes, attack them. Koichi and Yume stand up, but he is ready to kill them.

 

KOICHI

Run! Now!

 

Yume look scared at the wolves, she almost breathes. A wind pass around Koichi, then, his green eyes turns yellow.

He attack and his spiritual ball of energy kill one wolf, the blood is all over the place, but this smell just turns the others into monsters.

 

KOICHI

Run! Don't stay like that! Run!

 

When Koichi yell at her, Yume starts runing. By time to time she look back and sees him fighting.

When Koichi scream, she stop and look behind.

 

YUME

Koichi!

 

One wolf bite his hand, and he is trying to protect himself, with the left hand, he burn one of the wolves, but from the back, another one, catch his leg.

He yells as loud as he can. His hand is almost broken, but still, he caught the wolf by the head and break it like a watermelon.

 

KOICHI

Die!

 

The blood cover all his body. Then, he just turns around, hit the wolf and with a spiritual attack, he kills two of them.

 

YUME

No! Koichi! Look back!

 

One wolf jumps over the daemon, but, when it was just about to kill him, the animal fall on the ground, dead, with a spiritual arrow on his back.

Both, Koichi and Yume look back and they see Lord Asato, coming, on the horse. With another spiritual arrow, he kills the last wolf alive.

 

KOICHI

My Lord!

 

Covered in blood, Koichi bows his head in front of Asato when he get down on the horse and come closer.

 

ASATO

Koichi!

 

KOICHI

I'm sorry, my Lord! I wasn't able to stop her! She was in danger because of me.

 

ASATO

Look at you... you are bleeding!

 

KOICHI

Is just a scratch! I'm fine.

 

ASATO

A wolf bitten you, Koichi, it might get worse, you need to heal!

 

KOICHI

I will heal myself! Please don’t bother yourself over me.

 

Yume come near them, and looks at Koichi.

 

YUME

It's just my fault. I'm sorry, I had no idea that you will get hurt because of me.

 

KOICHI

Don't worries! Now, is important that we are all alive.

 

ASATO

How can you be so irresponsible? Koichi is almost dead because of you.

 

YUME

I...

 

ASATO

Please, stop acting like a child! You put as all in danger! Also, you might get killed. Really, now, can't you see? We are just trying to help you.

 

YUME

I don't need your mercy! I don't need help... I just want to go home.

 

ASATO

Mercy? You think that this... is mercy?

 

YUME

Please, I want to go home.

 

ASATO

Fine, then! I will take you home if this is the only thing that you wish! Let's go!

 

Asato grabs her hand and starts to walk.

 

YUME

You are hurting me!

 

But Asato doesn't answer to her. When they arrive near the horse, he just forces her to get up on it.

 

ASATO

Koichi! Go home and find Kiriki! He will help you!

 

 

KOICHI

Don't worries for me, my Lord!

 

ASATO

I will come back as soon as I can.

 

KOICHI

Lord Asato, I think that you should wait, I will send someone to come with you... I'm not able to fight anymore.

 

ASATO

I will be fine! Go home and get some rest!

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord!

 

Asato gets on the horse and then, without looking back or saying something, he just rides away.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

All the way to the city, Asato haven't said a word. He just look at the road and ride his horse.

He is angry, the horse run fast, just like the wind, passing near the tree, crossing the forest, and then the city, until they arrive in the worse place in the city...

Asato stop, he gets down from the horse, and then he helps Yume to come.

 

ASATO

I can come with you only until here.

 

YUME

Thank you!

 

ASATO

Fine!

 

He wants to leave, but she catches his hand.

 

YUME

Asato! Wait!

 

He turns back and look at her with his blue eyes.

 

 

 

YUME

I... please, try to understand me. I have to take care of my sisters. I couldn't stay any more time there... I can't just let them alone.

 

ASATO

This is the only reason?

 

YUME

What?

 

ASATO

Yume! What you are doing now is more dangerous that you can even imagine. Please, before you say or do something... think! Because one of us might get killed.

 

YUME

At what are you talking about?

 

ASATO

Don't make it worse.

Listen, just for being in that day there, in the middle of the fight, you might get killed. This... is bigger that me, or Takei. And next time... I don't know if I will be able to protect you anymore.

 

YUME

Asato!

 

ASATO

Listen, child! I don't want to hurt you, and I could never forgive myself if something bad will happen to you because of me... so please... be very careful about what you are doing... and when you will choose a side, think twice before...

 

YUME

I don't want to choose a side!

 

ASATO

Then, young lady, stay away from daemons. It's too dangerous.

 

YUME

I...

 

Yume look down, ay her hand, holding Asato's hand, and she starts crying.

Looking at her, he feels a pain, and in that moment, he gets closer and hug her so tight.

 

ASATO

If you will ever need me, you know where to find me! I also know that you are worried abut your sisters, but you are the one in danger... we still don't know what will happen, but, if you will feel worse, please, come back to me. Koichi will be there to help you.

 

Then, Asato just takes his horse and leave.

Yume is left behind, still crying, watching him.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. HOUSE – LATER

 

Yume enters in her house, and then, he has a shock. Ayumi looks almost dead, on the bed, Shiro, the old man is next to her, trying to help her, and Hiyori, she just help Hatomi to cook something.

 

HIYORI

Yume! You are home!

 

Everyone in the room looks at the door and they see Yume. The girl is so scared, but now she run near the bed and take a closer look at her sister.

 

YUME

Ayumi! What is happening here? Why is she like that?

 

SHIRO

Yume, my child, we all had been so worried about you.

 

HATOMI

It has been almost a week... I thought that something bad happened to you. I was so scared.

 

YUME

For all Gods, please, tell me why she is like that! What is wrong with her?

 

HATOMI

Fever! She is like for 3 days.

 

YUME

3 days? Where is your father? I need his help! Please.

 

HATOMI

My dad is not in the city. He will come back next months.

 

YUME

What?

 

HATOMI

Yes, he found a good job in Kyoto, so he left. We need money.

 

YUME

No... Ayumi! Please wake up!

 

SHIRO

I've done everything that I could to help her. I'm sorry... is nothing that you can do... only the Gods can help her now.

 

YUME

No! Please, heal her!

 

SHIRO

I can't do that my child!

 

YUME

No... no... it can't be possible! You can't die! Please! Ayumi!

 

Yume is crying, and she kiss her sister's hand.

 

YUME

Please, come back to me.

 

SHIRO

The fever is too big. I don't know if she will survive until the morning. You better be prepared for the worse.

 

YUME

No...no.. don't say that! Nooo!

 

Yume is crying while she's keeping her sister's hand so close.

All the night, Yume haven't closed an eye, she just stands near Ayumi, crying all the time.

Shiro was watching her, but at some moment, in the morning, when the sunrise, Yume falls asleep.

Shiro looks carefully at Ayumi than he goes near her and gently touch her neck.

 

 

SHIRO

No! Oh, child!

 

Shiro closes his eyes and starts crying.

Yume hear him and wake up, for a moment she just look at him, after that she realize what is happening and starts screaming.

 

YUME

No! No! Ayumi! No!

 

She go near her sister, trying to wake her up, but is impossible! Ayumi is dead.

 

YUME

Please wake up! Ayumi!

 

Hiyori wakes up scared and looks at her sister screaming, but she doesn't understand what is happening. Shiro, the old man goes near her and take her in his arms.

 

YUME

Please come back to me! Please!

 

Yume keep her dead sister into her arms and yell. Screaming of pain, crying.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET – EVENING

 

In the next days, Yume was like dead by inside. She haven't eaten anything, haven't even drink water and she haven't spoke with anyone.

Just walking around, like a ghost, passing near people on the street, but she doesn't see anyone.

 

Her eyes are empty, without any expression, without any feeling...

She feels like is loosing her minds, almost frozen by inside, she just walk and at some moment, she feel that someone catch her by the hand and call her name.

She stop and turn back... and then, she sees Takei. He is there, holding her hand.

 

TAKEI

Yume? It's me, Takei!

 

She start crying and then, after a silent whisper, she jumps into his arms, holding him so tight.

Takei is scared at the beginning, but then, he smile and hug her.

 

TAKEI

Shhh! Whatever happened, now I'm here with you, you are not alone anymore! You will never be alone again!

 

Yume don't say anything, she just keep him tight in her arms and cry.

 

TAKEI

Yume... talk with me! Please, tell me what happened?

 

YUME

My sister... she's dead!

 

TAKEI

For all Gods... I'm so sorry!

 

YUME

Is nothing you can do now, she's dead, and it's my fault... all my fault.

 

TAKEI

No! Please don't say that.

 

YUME

She was so young, she just needed me there, next to her, to protect her... but I wasn't.

 

TAKEI

Yume!

 

YUME

She died of fever, and I couldn’t do anything to help her.

 

TAKEI

You couldn't do anything!

 

YUME

I... 

 

Yume is still crying, her nose starts bleeding, and she almost fall but Takei catches her.

 

TAKEI

Yume!

 

She raise her eyes and look at him, in that moment, Takei realize that something is wrong.

 

TAKEI

What is this? What have you done?

 

YUME

I'm fine!

 

Takei looks around, there are too many people, so he just grab her into his arms and starts walking.

 

YUME

What are you doing? Please, let me down!

 

TAKEI

Shh! Don't worry, you will be fine! I just need to get you out of here!

 

YUME

Takei... Please!

 

TAKEI

I will take care of you! I promise!

 

Yume put her head on Takei's shoulder and look at him. He walks until he arrives on the bridge.

 

TAKEI

You can sit here! Now you are safe, no one will see you.

 

YUME

What are you talking about?

 

TAKEI

Your eyes... are almost yellow!

 

Yume's eyes are now yellow. Takei gently touches her face.

 

YUME

What?

 

TAKEI

You have spiritual energy in your body, a powerful one, I can feel it. Tell me, who did this to you?

 

 

YUME

Koichi!

 

TAKEI

Koichi? By Koichi do you mean...

 

Takei can’t smile anymore.

 

YUME

Yes. Lord Asato's warrior.

 

TAKEI

That bastard! How could he do this to you?

 

YUME

No, please! Calm down! He just wanted to help me.

 

TAKEI

To help you? He almost killed you. I mean, look at you... do you have any idea what is happening now?

 

YUME

He just saved my life!

 

TAKEI

Koichi is too powerful! He should know that.

 

YUME

Is not his fault! He was just trying to help me... I was dying.

 

TAKEI

What?

 

YUME

Yes. In that night, when they attacked us, I was in the middle of the fight, and I was hit... by a spiritual attack... I was dying, and Asato saved me.

 

TAKEI

You were almost killed because of me!

 

YUME

No! Never say that again!

I was so worried, after the battle, I had no idea what happened to you.

 

 

TAKEI

I was wounded, in that day, my warriors took me home. I just needed time so my wounds could heal.

 

YUME

I see. For a moment, I thought that I won't see you again.

 

TAKEI

Me too. I was dying...

 

YUME

I'm happy to see you alive.

 

TAKEI

But still, why did Asato helped you? Is not his nature to be so kind.

 

YUME

It's not the first time. Few weeks ago, he saved me.

 

TAKEI

So, he saved your life twice. He must be so proud of himself...

 

YUME

No! Please, listen to me. All this should stop... all this hate...

 

TAKEI

What you know about it?

 

YUME

I just know that Asato hates you, he will hunt you... he will kill you.

 

TAKEI

You really think that I'm that weak!

 

YUME

NO! But his furry... tell me, Takei, what have you done to him?

 

TAKEI

I don't want to speak about it!

 

Yume's nose is bleeding again.

In that moment, Takei touches her neck with his hands. She is shy, and try to move away, but he stop her.

 

TAKEI

Don't move! Look at me!

 

Yume feel a warm wind passing. She looks at Takei, and she calms down. He just smiles, while his eyes turn yellow.

 

TAKEI

You will be fine, now! I can heal you.

 

YUME

But your power...

 

TAKEI

It won't hurt you, my power comes from the light! The first touch of sun. It is pure, I can protect you. I already told you... you will never be alone.

 

Takei comes near her, and Yume's heart start to beat faster.

He still smiles, and then... he just kisses her.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

On the other side of the bridge, Asato is looking at them, angry but still quiet, trying to control himself.

 

KOICHI

My Lord!

 

Koichi comes near him, running. He stops, and then he see Yume and Takei, then, he look at his master.

 

ASATO

What is it, Koichi?

 

KOICHI

How is this...

 

ASATO

Koichi! Tell me, what happened? Did you find them?

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord! We cached them.

 

ASATO

Good! Kill them all! Don't let anyone alive.

 

 

KOICHI

Lady Kaede said that we should...

 

ASATO

Lady Kaede is not here now! Do what I told you, kill them... and bring Daiki to me!

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord!

 

Koichi bows his head in front of Asato, then he runs away.

Asato is angry, his fury can be seen through his eyes.

 

ASATO

Let's see how much you like to have all your warriors dead... Takei!

 

Asato's eyes turn red, and then, he just start to run. With the katana into his hands, he runs, he pass through the corner and then, he just enters in the middle of the battle.

 

Warriors from clan Setsuya, dressed in black, are fighting with daemons from Kimura's clan. They are all dressed in black, with their face covered, excepting only one daemon, DAIKI, the one with white hair and dark eyes.

 

He fights with two swords, and now, that he see Asato, he just stop and look at him.

 

DAIKI

I was waiting for you... Lord Asato Setsuya!

 

 Daiki attack but Asato defend himself.

 

 

ASATO

You have to be faster than this if you want to kill me... Daiki!

 

DAIKI

You bastard!

 

In Daiki's eyes can be seen only furry.

He fights with two swords, and Lord Asato with his katana. He is faster, stronger and much powerful, he can't even be touch.

Daiki makes a step back, breathing hard, his wound from the arm is bleeding.

 

ASATO

Run now, and maybe you will survive.

 

DAIKI

I will never run!

 

Daiki attack again, but Asato beat him so badly. He falls to the ground, bleeding.

In pain, he can't move!

Lord Asato walk and few assassins attack him from the back, but he just turn and kill them.

From his blade, blood flow on the ground.

 

ASATO

This is the end, Daiki!

 

Asato almost kills Daiki, but a spiritual attack, make him step back.

He can just to defend, that person is so powerful, so fast and his spiritual energy is big.

He wants to defend again, but a blade pierces his chest.

 

KOICHI

My Lord!

 

Asato is bleeding, for a moment, he stop, and look around. That daemon attacks him again, but this time, he defends.

 

ASATO

Kimura Yosuke!

 

YOSUKE, a tall man, a powerful daemon with dark hair and red eyes is there. With a big sword, he almost kills Asato.

 

YOSUKE

It has been a while... Asato Setsuya!

 

ASATO

You...

 

YOSUKE

Leave! Take your warriors and leave from here! It's not our nature to fight in the street! We are not humans.

 

Asato is angry, he want to attack again, but with one hit, Yosuke put him to the ground.

 

ASATO

Kill me! DO IT!

 

YOSUKE

No! Maybe we are thieves, but we still have honor! I think this is enough for one day! Go home, young Lord!

 

ASATO

I don't need your mercy!

 

YOSUKE

It's no mercy! It's justice!

 

Yosuke turn back and starts walking.

The fight stops, and everyone look scared at him. Daiki is in pain, but he manage to stand up.

Running, Koichi comes near Asato.

 

KOICHI

My Lord Asato!

 

ASATO

Koichi! It's time to kill Takei.

 

KOICHI

You are wounded!

 

ASATO

I'm fine, is just a scratch!

 

Asato stands up and looks angry how Yosuke's warriors just leave, turning the back to them, as they would never be there, and nothing would happen.

Daiki run and arrive near Yosuke. He walks in front of the group.

 

DAIKI

My Lord, how can you let them escape like that?

 

YOSUKE

We will have our revenge, but not now. Just wait, Daiki...

 

DAIKI

Lord Taiki is alone, he might be in danger. Asato might attack him.

 

YOSUKE

I know!

 

DAIKI

Let me find him! He is not safe here.

 

YOSUKE

You are wounded, Daiki, you just need to rest. My son will be fine, Ishi is protecting him.

 

DAIKI

If Asato will attack, Ishi can't fight alone. It's not the chance for him to win.

 

Yosuke stop and grab Daiki by the neck and almost kill him.

 

YOSUKE

Are you saying that my son is weak?

 

DAIKI

My Lord...

 

YOSUKE

Taiki is a descended from the sun... he can't be that weak. My son won't be a shame...

 

DAIKI

That is not what I want to said!

 

YOSUKE

Choose your words carefully, Daiki, don't make me kill you. No one is offending me or my son!

 

DAIKI

I'm sorry, My Lord, please forgive me!

 

Yosuke let Daiki go, and he starts walking. All his warriors look scared at him like they are all afraid of him.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. STREET – NIGHT

 

Yume walk near Takei. The street seems so quiet, inside the houses, a light can be seen.

 

YUME

From the stars, do you think she is watching me? 

 

TAKEI

Your sister? I'm sure she is at the table with all the Gods, right now. While we are speaking, she is between stars.

 

Yume look at him and try to smile, but Takei looks worried.

 

YUME

Takei? What is it?

 

He look at the house’s roof and then around.

 

TAKEI

Someone is here! Is watching us!

 

From nowhere, Asato hit him, but Takei dodge the attack with his sword. Yume make a step back and she see Koichi.

 

KOICHI

Good evening, Yume! I see that you are feeling better!

 

YUME

Koichi-san!

 

TAKEI

What are you doing here?

 

Yume almost scream when Asato throws Takei on the ground.

 

YUME

No! Please, stop!

 

TAKEI

Yume! Stay back! get out of here!

 

Takei stands up and defends all the attack of Asato. Koichi is looking carefully at Yume.

 

KOICHI

Don't even try to run away!

 

YUME

I won't run away!

 

KOICHI

Also, don't try to protect him, or you will get killed!

 

 

YUME

Stop this! Please, they will kill each other!

 

KOICHI

You think so? Look...

 

Yume is looking at the fight scene.

Again, Takei hit the ground, and he spit blood.

 

YUME

No! Takei!

 

Yume want to go near him, but Koichi grabs her hand.

 

KOICHI

Why are you trying so hard to kill yourself?

 

YUME

Let me go! Take your hands off me!

 

Yume is trying to set her free.

Takei screams again when a powerful spiritual attack hit him. Now, he is on the ground, bleeding, breathing hard.

 

ASATO

Yume!

 

When she hear Asato's voice, she becomes calm. She just looks at

him.

 

ASATO

Do you remember what I told you? I ask you to stay away... or to chose a side... and now, I see that you already made a decision. You chose to be on Takei's side.

 

YUME

All this is nonsense! What will you win if you will kill each other?

 

TAKEI

Stop! Don't fight with him!

 

Takei is trying to stand up.

 

 

 

 

ASATO

This is more than a little girl can understand. I told you to stay away, this is a fight between daemons! No matter how hard you will try... you will never belong to our world.

 

Scared, Yume starts crying.

 

ASATO

Run away, Yume, and never look back! Forget Takei... forget that you had ever met a daemon, and you will survive... run away... and forget me!

 

She is just looking at him, still crying.

 

ASATO

Koichi! Let her go!

 

Koichi takes his hand off her, and he makes a step back.

 

ASATO

You don't belong here! You don't need to see this. Leave! And don't look back!

 

Yume feel like all her body is shaking. She is angry and scared, still crying, but now, she run near Takei.

 

YUME

No! It shouldn't be like that! This hate between 2 clans is from too long. It must be peace.

 

ASATO

What are you saying?

 

YUME

Shiro never betrayed you! Everything that happened on that day, the attack, wasn't his fault.

 

ASATO

What? How can you know about this?

 

TAKEI

How do you know my grandfather?

 

YUME

Shiro is.... Yosuke's father?

 

Takei just shakes his head as a yes. Yume look so scared and is crying.

 

TAKEI

Shiro is my grandfather, I'm Yosuke's son.

 

Asato starts yelling at them.

 

ASATO

Tell me! Where is Shiro? Where is that old man?

 

YUME

What?

 

Yume becomes scared, now she realized what she just done.

 

ASATO

Koichi! Go! Search all over the place, find Shiro and bring him to me. Alive!

 

KOICHI

Yes, my Lord!

 

Koichi runs away and disappears into the night.

 

ASATO

Yume!

 

So scared, with her entire body shaking, crying, Yume look at Asato.

 

ASATO

I thought that you are innocent. But I was so wrong. I was trying to protect you, but in the same time, you were hiding our worse enemy.

 

YUME

No!

 

ASATO

Now I can understand why you chose to be on Takei's side. But for this... I can't forgive you.

 

TAKEI

No! I won't let you hurt her!

 

Takei makes a step in front of Yume, protecting her.

 

TAKEI

Over my dead body! You will never touch her!

 

ASATO

I'm fine with that!

 

Asato attack again, but this time, Takei seems to be faster, stronger.

 

TAKEI

Run! Get out of here!

 

Asato is like a tiger, trying to kill his pray. So fast, powerful and angry.

His fury seems to be the only thing that leads him. Attack after attack, he can't be stopped. Takei can't do anything, just to defend himself.

He is injured again, and he spit blood.

 

YUME

Takei!

 

TAKEI

Run! Now!

 

Asato attack again, but Takei defends himself.

A powerful sound can be heard, then, Yume look back, scared and she sees lady Kaede coming, together with almost 20 warriors.

Yume want to make a step in front, but a spiritual arrow pierce her shoulder, and she falls to the ground, unconscious.

 

TAKEI

No! Yume!

 

Takei scream but an arrow pierce his chest and he just falls on the ground.

 

ASATO

Mother!

 

Asato looks at his mother, she is the one that shoots his 2 opponents.

 

KAEDE

I want an explanation for this. Since when daemons fight in the middle of the street?

 

ASATO

I...

 

KAEDE

How can you act like that? You are the Lord of Setsuya clan, you should be an example for your people. Asato, I'm very disappointed.

 

Lady Kaede turns back and makes few steps.

 

KAEDE

Bring the two of them to the mountains!

 

Some of her warriors did what she say, then, she leave.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Ishii, a daemon with black hair and green eyes run on the roof of the houses, and at some moment, he just jumps on the ground.

He looks carefully around, then, he sees the blood.

 

ISHII

Takei... where are you?

 

He look around again, then, he start to run into the night.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. HOUSE – LATER

 

Koichi hit the door with his leg and enters in the house.

Inside, old Shiro sits on a chair, near the fireplace, and near his is Hiyori, the little girl.

Scared, he stand up and look with big eyes at Koichi.

 

SHIRO

Koichi Yamamoto!

 

Koichi takes his sword and comes closer. Hiyori looks at them, without knowing what will happen.

 

KOICHI

Lord Shiro Kimura! It had been a long time!

 

SHIRO

What are you doing here?

 

KOICHI

No! The question is... how could you possible be here? We were looking for you... but I never thought that young girl will protect you, will allow to you to stay here, inside... hidden...

 

SHIRO

I'm not hiding!

 

Koichi just moves his hand, and Shiro falls on the ground.

 

HIYORI

Grandpa!

 

Koichi looks at the girl, but she becomes so scared.

 

SHIRO

No! She's just a child! Let her alone, you want me!

 

KOICHI

Indeed!

 

Around Koichi, a light appear, and Shiro starts screaming.

 

KOICHI

You are so weak... I almost feel mercy for you.

 

SHIRO

I don't need your mercy!

 

Shiro wants to stand up, but Koichi hit him with the sword and wounded his arm.

 

KOICHI

Lord Asato want to see you alive, but.. if I would be in your place, I would have the honor and kill myself.

 

SHIRO

Where is Yume? What have you done with her?

 

KOICHI

This is not your concern, old man!

 

SHIRO

You...

 

Shiro stands up and wants to make a step, but Koichi appears next to him and hit him. The old man almost falls on the ground, but the daemon catch and then, just start to walk away.

 

HIYORI

Grandpa...

 

Hiyori run and fallow him, but when Koichi stop, she stops as well.

 

KOICHI

Stay here, child! Be nice and do what I told you!

 

HIYORI

Where are you taking grandpa?

 

KOICHI

Is not your business. Stay inside and wait for your sister.

 

HIYORI

Where is Yume?

 

KOICHI

Don't worry, she will come... soon.

 

Koichi grabs the old man again and goes out from the house.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

 

Hiyori runs after him, but stops in front of the house, but Koichi wasn't there anymore.

 

HIYORI

Yume...

 

The little girl is scared, but she don't know what to do. For some moment, she just looks at the empty street, then, she goes back to the house.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS VILLAGE – MORNING

 

Ishii run and go in front of Yosuke.

 

ISHII

My Lord!

 

YOSUKE

Ishii! What happened? Where is my son?

 

Ishii knees in front of Yosuke.

 

YOSUKE

Speak! Why my son is not with you?

 

ISHII

 Setsuya clan got the young Lord.

 

YOSUKE

What?

 

ISHII

Is my fault, I couldn't protect him. Kill me, my Lord!

 

Yosuke makes a step and then he look at his warriors.

 

YOSUKE

Ishii... call for everyone! We are going to war!

 

ISHII

Yes, my Lord!

 

All the daemons yell words of battle, but in Yosuke's eyes, is only hate, and furry.

 

CUT TO:

INT. DUNGEON – EVENING

 

The light of evening sun gently touches Takei's face. He wake up and look around.

He can feel a pain, for some moments he is confused, but when he sees Yume, unconscious on the floor, he want to go near her, but the chains keep him away.

 

TAKEI

Yume! No!

 

Takei looks at the chains, he can move, but is impossible to go near her.

 

TAKEI

Yume! Wake up! Yume!

 

He keeps screaming her name, but she is still unconscious. He can see the blood form her shoulder.

 

TAKEI

No... Asato.... You bastard!

 

Takei is yelling Asato's name, but no one answers him. He is trying to break the chains but is impossible.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS VILLAGE -- MOMENTS LATER

 

In the center of the village, near the big tree, lady Kaede sits on a chair in front of almost 200 warriors. Asato is near her.

 

ASATO

Koichi!

 

They look back and see Koichi coming, carrying the old man. Everyone make a step back, letting him pass.

 

KOICHI

My Lady Kaede! Lord Asato!

 

Koichi let the old man on the ground and bow his head. Lady Kaede smile and stand up.

 

KAEDE

Wake him up!

 

Immediately a man comes with a bucket of water and throws it over Shiro's body. The old man wakes up scared, screaming, but when he see Kaede, he can't say anything.

 

KAEDE

Lord Shiro Kimura! Look at me, after all that happened... I'm still alive!

 

SHIRO

Lady Kaede! I've never wanted to hurt you... I just wanted to be peace!

 

Kaede breath hard, then she hit him so powerful that he spits blood.

 

 

 

KAEDE

Peace? By killing hundreds of my warriors, you want that kind of peace?

 

SHIRO

It wasn't my fault!

 

KAEDE

Excuses won’t bring my warriors back to life!

 

SHIRO

I'm just an old man, what can I do?

 

KAEDE

Now? Now is too late! The blood is already spilled.

 

SHIRO

Don't look for revenge, Lady Kaede, it can't bring anything good.

 

KAEDE

How can you say what is good or wrong? Listen to me, Lord Kimura, I will have my revenge... the revenge of my people... in that night... my husband was killed... and I will never forget you for that!

 

SHIRO

Then kill me, but don't start a war!

 

KAEDE

The war... is already started. We captured Yosuke's son...

 

SHIRO

What? You don't have any idea what have you done.

 

 

KAEDE

I don't think you are in the position to threat me!

 

SHIRO

I'm warning you, my Lady... if you will hurt his son, Yosuke will become a beast.

 

KAEDE

That is what I hope.

 

 

SHIRO

He will kill you!

 

Lady Kaede smile and then, she hit the old man again.

 

KAEDE

You already know that I'm not afraid of many things... and I can assure you that I have the power to kill your son.

 

Shiro looks into her eyes, it's no arrogance, nothing ironical... just the truth.

 

SHIRO

Many souls will die!

 

KAEDE

Then so be it!

 

SHIRO

Stop this, Lady Kaede! If you want to protect your people... then stop this war!

 

On the sky, a thunder can be heard.

 

ASATO

Mother! Look! They are here!

 

Lady Kaede looks at the gate and sees Yosuke coming, near him, are Daiki and Ishii. Behind him, almost 300 warriors are walking.

 

SHIRO

No! Stop this, lady Kaede! Stop the war!

 

KAEDE

The war... already begin!

 

Lady Kaede takes her sword and decapitated Shiro.

She make a step and show the old man's head to her people.

 

KAEDE

In this night, we will revenge our people! Let the blood of Kimura clan flow in the rain! Kill them all! To war!

 

ASATO

To war!

 

Asato and the others 200 warriors yell a battle sound, and then, they attack!

Lady Kaede throws Shiro's head away, and with the sword in her hand, she enters into the battle.

 

CUT TO:

INT. DUNGEON – LATER

 

The thunder storm begin.

Takei screams Yume's name and tries to set himself free, but the chains are too strong.

 

TAKEI

Yume!

 

He is just hurting himself, trying to break the chains. His hands are bleeding, he is breathing hard, but at some moments, he remember a scene since he was young.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Somewhere in the mountains, near a lake, Takei, being a kid fall on his knees, but Shiro, now young, go and help his nephew to stand up.

 

TAKEI

I will never be able to do this! I'm good for nothing.

 

SHIRO

Don't say that! You are powerful, Takei, but you must know who to control it... don't try that hard.

 

TAKEI

Everyone makes jokes about me. What can I do, grandpa? I want to be strong, I want my dad to be proud of me.

 

SHIRO

Takei! You were born in the sun light. His power is your power. You are a daemon, a dangerous one.

 

TAKEI

Me? Dangerous?

 

SHIRO

Yes. You are Yosuke's son, but always remember that you have your energy from your mother.

 

TAKEI

I wish my mom could be here.

 

SHIRO

Look at me! Don't cry, never cry! search deep into your soul doesn't force you, just accept it. Accept what you are, let your energy flow through your body.

 

TAKEI

Yes. Let's do it again!

 

SHIRO

Good!

 

Shiro makes a step back and then, he attack, but Takei can't defend himself. He is injured and fall on the ground, bleeding.

 

SHIRO

Takei!

 

Shiro run and sit near his nephew, taking a close look at him.

 

SHIRO

Takei! Are you hurt?

 

TAKEI

I will never be able to use my power! I will never be a daemon like my dad.

 

SHIRO

You are stronger than Yosuke.

 

Takei is crying, looking at his grandpa.

 

SHIRO

Takei, we never know how strong we are, until being strong is the only choice we have.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

Now, in the dungeon, Takei look at the fire that starts in the village.

The thunder storm becomes more powerful. A thunderbolt hit a tree and it starts burning.

 

TAKEI

The only choice I have... is to be strong. For you...

 

Crying, his tears shine by the firelight. Takei looks again at Yume, and then, he closes his eyes.

Around him, a wind pass and it become like a storm.

A dark veil seems to appear, Takei is yelling, screaming of pain, but he doesn't give up.

All his body is sweating.

 

That wind become even more powerful, the entire dungeon is shaking, and then it begins to fall apart.

Takei opens his eyes, now they are yellow, and also, the dark veil around him, it become only light.

He screams and break the chain.

 

A true daemon, surrender by light, with blonde hair, Takei looks like an angel.

He looks at Yume and see her dying, being unconscious, bleeding.

 

TAKEI

Yume...

 

He sits next to her, and gently touch her wound, and it is healing.

 

TAKEI

Please wake up! Look at me again!

 

Only for some moments, he looks at the village. People are yelling, screaming. Blood and dead bodies everywhere. It's a massacre in front of his eyes.

When Yume breath deep, Takei looks again at her.

 

TAKEI

Yume?

 

She opens her eyes and see him like an angel, surrender by light. Shining in the middle of the night.

 

TAKEI

Yume? Can you hear me?

 

But she closes her eyes again, without saying anything and fall unconscious.

 

TAKEI

No! I have to take you out of here!

 

Takei catches her into his arms and starts walking. He gets out of the dungeon and behind him, it explodes.

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

In the middle of the battle, with his sword covered by blood, Asato stop and look scared at the explosion.

 

ASATO

Takei!

 

In his eyes is only hate. He kills the daemons that come with him and then, he run trying to go at the dungeon.

 

DAIKI

Koichi! You bastard!

 

Koichi kills one daemon and then look back, Daiki is running to him.

 

KOICHI

Daiki!

 

Daiki attack.

A sword against sword, they are fighting like warriors, without using the spiritual power.

Daiki is angry, he fight like a wounded animal, but Koichi is calm and rational. He defends every attack.

 

DAIKI

I was waiting too much time for this day.

 

KOICHI

Why you hurry up that much to die?

 

DAIKI

No! This is the day when you will die. I will kill you.

 

KOICHI

Try harder, then, because I'm not that easy to kill.

 

DAIKI

Asshole!

 

Attack after attack, Daiki breath hard, but keep fighting.

On the same battle field, one of the most powerful warriors, lady Kaede is fighting for her people.

She is fast and powerful. Her sword cuts deep into flesh and body. Behind her remains only blood.

 

DAEMON #1

My lady Kaede!

 

One of her daemons scream her name, she turn back and decapitated the one that should kill her.

Looking deep into her warrior's eyes, she smiles, but then, from the back, this one is killed.

 

ISHII

I'm glad to see you, lady Kaede!

 

KAEDE

You! I remember you... Ueda's son, Ishii Matsumoto!

 

ISHII

Yes. And I remember you... I always remember how you killed my father.

 

Ishii attacks her, but she defends herself every time.

 

KAEDE

In the war, people use to die, young daemon.

 

ISHII

Don't tell me this thing!

 

Iishi fights hard, faster as he can, with all his power. But he is wounded every time and now, his body hit the tree and he spit blood.

 

KAEDE

Your father was a great warrior... but in the battle, only the strongest one survive.

 

ISHII

You...

Iishi catches his sword with only one hand and stands up. Around him is a fog, like a dark veil. A wind pass, but lady Kaede is looking at him without any expression.

 

ISHII

I will revenge my father!

 

Ishii's sword is now red, a light is around the blade and he attack, but lady Kaede doesn't make any move. When he almost kills her, she attacks.

The sound of two blades, everything was so fast, then he couldn't realize what is happening.

She hit again, the blood remains on the ground.

She make a step back and look at him. Iishi is dead on the ground, with his body ripped in two pieces.

 

KAEDE

Rest in peace, Iishi, son of Ueda.

 

Lady Kaede is attacked from the back, but she kills them.

Looking around the battle field she can see Yosuke. He fights like a beast, killing everything in his way.

Blood is scattered everywhere around the ground.

 

KAEDE

Yosuke!

 

She scream his opponent's name and begin to fight. Like a hurricane, she pass between them and break their bodies. Rip their flesh and try to arrive near Yosuke.

Daiki is wounded at his arm, his sword falls on the ground, but he rise it again.

 

KOICHI

This place is not for the weak! The war is not for kids!

 

DAIKI

How dare you?

 

Like a storm, angry, Daiki stands up and fight. He attacks Koichi, but this one is too fast.

A sword against sword, the sound of battle.

Daiki attacks. The two men stand in one place, trading feints, thrusts, and parries with lightning speed, almost impossible to follow.

 

KOICHI

You might be powerfull, Daiki, but your anger blinds you!

 

DAIKI

Shut up! Damn...

 

Their blades flash and ring. Koichi wounded Daiki several times.

Now he makes a step back, for a second of rest. Breathing hard, he looks at his sword, the at Daiki.

His eyes turn blue and his attack. Koichi is wounded, his chest is almost riped, but now, he stand on a knee.

 

KOICHI

This was a mistake!

 

Koichi looks at Daiki and his eyes are yellow. Daiki screams and runs to attack, but Koichi disappear for a second, and Daiki hit only the air.

 

DAIKI

What?

 

He turns back, but he can feel the blade in his flesh.

At his mouth blood appears. He is injured powerful, the Koichi hit him with the legs, he turn back and with the sword, he pierces Daiki's heart.

So close to him, Daiki looks deep into his eyes.

 

KOICHI

See you in hell!

 

Koichi takes his sword out and decapitated Daiki.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. FOREST – LATER

 

Takei walk with Yume on his arms, but she breathe deep and open her eyes.

 

TAKEI

Yume? Can you see me?

 

He stops and puts her on the ground, near a tree.

 

TAKEI

Yume! Look at me!

 

YUME

Takei! Where am I?

 

TAKEI

Don't worries, you are safe! No matter what will happen, I will protect you.

She catches his hand.

 

TAKEI

A war started, we need to leave as soon as possible. This place is not safe.

 

YUME

A war? Takei, they need you.

 

TAKEI

No! I don't care about their war. My grandpa was right, he tried to stop it, but they called him a traitor!

 

YUME

Your father... he needs you to fight for him.

 

TAKEI

No! My father doesn't need me, he never did.

Also, this war is nothing, just his hate against lady Kaede. I don't care if they will kill each other.

 

YUME

Don't say that! He is your father.

 

Yume breath hard, and her nose is bleeding.

 

TAKEI

Yume! What is happening?

 

YUME

I'm fine.

 

TAKEI

I will heal you...

 

ASATO

Do this, and she will die.

 

Both of them look back and see Asato.

 

TAKEI

Asato!

 

ASATO

She's dying, Takei! You are trying to help her, but you forget one thing... she's a human.

 

Takei becomes angry.

 

ASATO

Maybe your power is pure, but still, her body can't heal that fast. She's just a human... so fragile and weak... your power maybe helped her at the beginning, but now... you will just kill her.

 

TAKEI

You foul!

 

Takei stand up and running, he attacks Asato, but this one defend himself.

 

YUME

No! Takei! Stop! No!

 

At some moment, Asato's shoulder bleed, he is wounded.

 

ASATO

What is this? Is all you can do?

 

TAKEI

I will kill you!

 

ASATO

You? You are just a child, Takei!

 

A thunder shakes the sky. Around Takei, a storm seems to begin. His eyes become yellow again.

 

 

TAKEI

I'm tired that everyone told me how weak I am! I'm the descended of the sun... I'm not weak!

 

Takei attack and Asato’s body is thrown on the ground. He spit blood and then, he stand up.

 

ASATO

Takei Kimura! Are you sure that you want to use your power against me? Do you want to die like a daemon?

 

TAKEI

I'm tired of your arrogance.

 

Takei attack again, but this time, Asato defend himself. Around him, a black fog appears.

 

ASATO

For everything that happened! For how my dad was killed.... I will kill you!

 

Yume scream, she is scared and look at both of them.

They are fighting like daemons, using the spiritual energy. Around them, the trees are on the fire. All the sky is shaking when a thunder is passing.

 

Blood on the ground, and a scream. Takei is wounded, but he still fight. In his eyes now is just anger. Furry and hate.

Both of them are fighting, but only one will survive.

An attack hit the tree near Yume, and she stands up, screaming so scared.

 

TAKEI

Yume!

 

Only for a second, Takei is looking at Yume, so worried for her, but, in that moment, Asato hit him so powerful.

He spits blood when he is hitten by the tree.

 

YUME

No!

 

ASATO

Never turn back to your opponent.

 

TAKEI

Screw you!

 

Takei wants to stand up, but he falls on his knees.

 

ASATO

I'm sick of it! Die!

 

Asato attack!

Blood fall on the ground, a slowly sound of pain is hearted. Just a breath...

Yume stand in front of Takei, with her body turn in pieces. From every part of her flesh, she is bleeding.

Asato look scared at her, and Takei too. No one of them expected her to do it.

She fall on the ground, at Takei's feet.

 

TAKEI

Yume! No!

 

Takei's eyes turns blue again, and he is scared. His hands are shaking when he touch her.

 

YUME

Takei! Please, stop this fight!

 

TAKEI

No! Be strong, i will...

 

Yume close her eyes and her heart beats so slowly.

 

TAKEI

No! Please! Look at me! Yume!

 

Yume opens her eyes and look at the daemon again.

 

YUME

Hiyori... I'm begging you, take care of my sister. She is so young, alone she will die... is impossible for a kid to survive in that place.

 

TAKEI

Don't say this. I will heal your wounds. You will live!

 

Takei touches her forehead and around his hands, a light appears.

 

ASATO

You foul... you will kill her!

 

When Takei is looking at Asato, he makes a step back. He never saw that kind of furry in someone's eyes.

It is only for a moment, but Asato feels scared.

 

ASATO

It was a moment when i thought that she will chose my side... but now, she will die for you. Kimura clan is destroyed, Yosuke is dying... is nothing left for you here... and for me, for me you are dead, Takei Kimura.

 

Asato leave, going back to the village.

 

TAKEI

Asato...

 

Takei scream and want to stand up, but Yume catches his hand.

 

YUME

No! Let it end now.

 

TAKEI

Yume!

 

From the kimono, she gives him a ring.

 

YUME

It belongs to my mother, please, give it to Hiyori. I'm bagging

you... don't let her die.

 

TAKEI

Yume? No...

 

From her mouth blood starts to fall.

 

TAKEI

No! Please don't die... no!

 

Takei catches her into his arms, and he cries. Yume look at him, she smile and then, she breathe again, so easy... and die.

 

TAKEI

Yume? No...

 

Takei scream. He yells from his soul and on the sky a thunder lights the darkness of the night.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. MOUNTAINS VILLAGE -- MOMENTS LATER

 

Titian-red blood spurted from daemons wounds as men wailed and screamed.

A tempest of swords is rasping and keening through the basalt-black sky. Their bones were breaking and popping.

On the ground, the rain makes the blood flow like a river.

A battle sound is heard. In all the crowd, Lady Kaede, with her body almost covered by her enemies blood, she fights, killing everything in the way.

 

KAEDE

Yosuke!

 

But now, she hit Yosuke so powerful from the ground, that he feels his bones breaking.

Form the back, five daemons attack her, but then... A wellspring of blood sluiced into the air and their bodies fall on the ground.

 

YOSUKE

You are nothing, but a beast!

 

KAEDE

Maybe! I will become the devil himself if it means to revenge my people. I will kill you, Yosuke Kimura.

 

YOSUKE

I'm not dead yet! As long as i breath, my people will fight. Kimura clan don't die that easy.

 

KAEDE

Look around you, your daemons are slaughtered.

 

YOSUKE

You whore!

 

Yosuke yells and attack her, but lady Kaede defends herself. Every attack, she fights like a beast.

Swords were ringing against each other.

The septic smell of death hung over the battlefield. It was a battle of head-clasping horror.

Yosuke is injured and she can feel the acrid taste of blood.

Yosuke fight back and scretch her on the face. Blood fall slowly and for a moment she stops.

 

 

KAEDE

You are so pathetic.

 

Lady Kaede yell, a battle sound and run to Yosuke. She fight like an animal, trying to kill her prayed. Both of them are breathing hard, but she smile. Everytime when Yosuke's blood fall on the ground, she smile.

She rips his chest with the sword blade. Yosuke scream and being attacked from the back by few daemons, he kills them.

A thunderbold light the sky.

Almost all the village is in fire. Yosuke look back and then, Kaede's sword is at his neck.

She smile arrogant.

 

 

YOSUKE

Kill me!

 

KAEDE

Yes, i could kill you, but i'm not a coward! I never killed someone from the back. It means to have honor.

 

Kaede make a step back, and then, she attack again, but Yosuke defend himself. She is attacked by daemons, but she kill them. Fighting both with them, and Yosuke in the same time.

She rip their bodies. Pierce their eyes and hearts with their own weapons.

She catch an axe and when she throw it, the head of a daemon is cut in two. Koichi look at her, and bow his head.

She smile and then, attack. Yosuke's sword fall into the air. She hit him again, and then, after a thunder pass, she decapitated him.

 

Her body is covered with his blood.

Now, she knees, caught his head and stand up looking at it.

 

KAEDE

My people! This is the end of Kimura clan!

 

She yells, proud of her victory.

 

KAEDE

Look! Yosuke Kimura's head! We won and we revenge our people. Kill them all! Don't let anyone to survive!

 

Around her, all her warriors yell a battle sound.

She looks again at Yosuke's head, and then she put it into a spear and let it like a flag.

 

She look in the right part of the battlefield and see Asato.

She smiles again and sit in her chair looking at the massacre that is in front of her eyes.

Behind her, far away, the sun is rising.

 

CUT TO:

 

EXT. HOUSE – MORNING

 

Earlier in the morning, Hatomi is outside, cleaning the place with the broom, but she hear steps and raising her eyes, she can see four thieves arriving hear her.

 

THIEF #1

Good morning, young lady!

 

HATOMI

What do you want?

 

THIEF #2

That depends on what you can give us.

 

THIEF #3

Hei, Shin, stop with this, Kenji need a medicine, now!

 

THIEF #2

You, girl! I heard that your father is a doctor. Tell him to help our friend.

 

HATOMI

My dad is not home. Go away!

 

THIEF #2

That means you are alone... oh, you poor lady, you might be so scared!

 

HATOMI

Please, let me alone. I can't do anything to help your friend.

 

THIEF #3

Then, let us take a look inside the house, maybe we can find something useful!

 

HATOMI

No!

 

THIEF #1

You! Are coming with me! It's time to have so fun!

 

HATOMI

How dare you? Take your hands off me!

 

Hatomi wants to defend herself, but one of them hit there. The broom falls on the ground, and then, the two of them almost jump over her.

They are hurting her while the others two laughs and look. Hatomi is screaming... but at some moment, a sound is heard.

Blood!

The ground is covered with blood, and the heads of those two are falling.

 

THIEF #1

What the hell...

 

He turn back but is killed immediately. The last want to move, but he is decapitated.

Scared, shaking and crying, Hatomi looks at Taiki. He is the one who killed the thieves and protect her.

 

TAKEI

Are you all right?

 

She is just looking at him, but when they hear a sound, both of them look at the next door and see Hiyori in front of the house.

Taiki put his sword back and go near the child. She is scared, but she doesn't move when he arrive closer.

 

TAKEI

Are you Hiyori?

 

The little girl just shakes her head as a yes. Then, Taiki falls on his knees. Hatomi looks scared, without understanding what is happening.

 

TAKEI

Hiyori-chan...

 

HIYORI

Who are you?

 

TAKEI

My name used to be Takei! Takei Kimura, but now... I don't know who I am anymore...

 

His voice becomes strange like he is crying. From the kimono, he get a ring and give it to Hiyori.

 

HIYORI

Yume...

 

TAKEI

Yes. It belongs to your sister, she asked me to give it to you. It was her wish that I should protect you.

 

HATOMI

Yume... where is she?

 

Hatomi makes few steps. Worried. Starting to understand what is happening.

 

HIYORI

When will she come back? A samurai told me to wait for her...

 

TAKEI

She can't come back. Your sister died.

 

When Hatomi hears it, she covers her mouth with her hand, and tries as much as she can to remain quiet. To stop screaming.

 

HIYORI

Is she dead?

 

TAKEI

Yes. You know what it means?

 

HIYORI

She is with Ayumi now... on the sky, between stars...

 

TAKEI

Yes. I couldn't protect her, she died because of me. But I will do everything to protect you. Please, come with me.

 

HATOMI

Where are you taking her?

 

TAKEI

I don't know... is not meant for a daemon to raise a child... but I guess that I will be just a ronin.

 

HATOMI

Yume...

 

TAKEI

Yume is dead! All that I can do for her now is to take care of Hiyori.

 

HATOMI

But how can you...

 

TAKEI

You are afraid that a daemon like me won't be able to take care of her?

 

 

HATOMI

No... I don't want to say that.

 

TAKEI

I don't have anything left here. Not even my name... once, I was like a prince, the Lord of Kimura clan... but now... I lost everything. Maybe is better like that.

 

HATOMI

You...

 

TAKEI

I will leave the Empire. I don't know where the wind will take me, but it will be far away. Is something that I have to look for... and maybe only like that, I can find it.

 

HATOMI

What is it?

 

TAKEI

The spirit of the dragon!

 

Hatomi is just looking at him, sad, but she doesn't say anything.

 

TAKEI

Hiyori-chan! Is time for us to go! Do you need to take anything from here?

 

HIYORI

Hatomi...

 

Hatomi goes near Takei and between tears she smiles. He stands up and looks at her.

 

HATOMI

What could she take? Is nothing here worth even looking back. Only pain and dispear. Thank you, Takei-sama for giving her a chance to survive. Please, take care of her. She is a sweet child.

 

TAKEI

I will my best to protect her.

 

Hatomi knees near Hiyori and grab her small hands.

 

 

HATOMI

Be nice, Hiyori, listen to him! Live your life and be happy that you can have a chance to leave from this place.

 

HIYORI

Can you come with me?

 

HATOMI

No! I have to stay here with my dad. But someday... maybe we will meet again.

 

TAKEI

I don't be so sure about it.

 

For a second, Hatomi looks at Takei and start crying.

 

HATOMI

Goodbye, Hiyori! Be happy!

 

TAKEI

Let's go!

 

Hiyori is looking both at Hatomi and Takei. But then, she grab Takei's hand and start walking with him.

 

HATOMI

Your sister will be safe with him... rest in peace, Yume!

 

Hatomi is crying looking after the two of them.

The sunrise and touch with his light Takei's blonde hair. He walks, hand in hand with Hiyori.

A ronin and a child.

 

 

The end.

 

FADE OUT:

 

 

 


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