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Echoes of the Mirror 1.8 “All-Powerful-Demon”
In this particular series, it should be noted that there is a heavy focus on sexual themes, violence, and traumatic events.
These are meant to challenge the main character's views on the world and his relationships.
That being said, If your someone who's okay with that, I'd really appreciate it if you want to check it out and leave some feedback.
I really had hoped that my return home would be peaceful… But no such luck.
As I took the side streets through Hira, I could see several red and blue lights off in the distance.
It seems that you made your presence rather well known…
-It’s not like I tried! Kira’s neighbors must have called the police after hearing the gunshots.
Can you blame them?
I didn’t feel like getting into a debate with Lilly so I stealthily made my way back home.
I reached the stairs behind the bookstore and made my way into my apartment.
Shutting the door behind me, I pressed my back against the door and slid down into a sitting position.
Letting out a sigh of relief, I let my head hit the door with a thud.
I was absolutely exhausted… Luckily enough, this kept me from thinking about anything too unpleasant.
I took the clipboard that was still in my hand and tossed it into the kitchen.
Do you want to talk about it?
-Talk about it? You were there! In any case, no… I just want to go to bed…
Lilly didn’t say a word, but I could tell she was pitying me. Normally this would bother me, but I was already pitying myself…
The more the merrier.
I got off the floor, made my way to the bedroom and threw myself on top of the covers.
I didn’t even bother getting undressed.
I closed my eyes and went to sleep.
I didn’t sleep well.
I dreamed of Kira standing in front of me, accusing me of her suicide as the man with glasses cut me open…
My dream flashed to my father, dressed all in black walking away from an eight-year-old me… My mother was laying in front of me, flayed open.
I saw the woman in white standing in front of me, just watching as the chains of fate wound themselves around me and forced themselves down my throat.
I saw myself standing on top of a mountain of bodies… I was covered in blood and beneath my hood, I saw a cruel smile. A bloodied Katana rested in my right hand and a D-Eagle rested in my left.
I woke up shaking, covered in sweat.
“It’s okay, Haku…”
I found myself snuggled into Lilly’s chest, my arms wrapped tight around her.
Her arms were holding me close to her and her cheek was pressed against my head.
Finally, hitting the realization that I was no longer asleep, I could now tell that tears were streaming down my face.
“Your safe, Haku… I promise…”
I snuggled deeper into her chest and let myself cry…
I bawled like a baby as Lilly rested beside me, trying to console me.
She pressed her lips to the top of my head and stroked her fingers through my hair.
“Even if the entire world turns against you, I promise I’ll be here.”
Even when I stopped crying, I still clung to her. I didn’t want to let go. I felt if I did, I would be ripped from my bed and shoved into another situation of pure torment.
The warmness of her body made me feel safe… Secure.
It found it ironic, that the one decision I made that forced me onto this horrific path was the only one that guaranteed I would never be alone.
At this point, I didn’t care that I was clinging to a demon… Lilly seemed like all I had.
I wondered what she thought of all this.
I wondered how weak she must think I am.
I wondered how pathetic she thought her master is.
“No, Haku… I think you’re very strong. Demons aren’t forced to exist as humans do… We don’t have to constantly exist under certain expectations… we don’t have the feelings of loss or love.”
I remained still and listened to Lilly’s soothing voice.
“I think that one day, you’ll become strong enough that even fate itself will listen to you… Until then, I’ll stand beside you and bear that pain with you.”
I found Lilly’s words encouraging… and sad.
Things had officially reached the point where my hardships were acknowledged, even if it was by a demon.
It wasn’t my goal to become strong.
Even if I had become an average summoner like everyone else, I doubt I would have put effort into being as coordinated as Alex or as powerful as Kira.
Altogether I just wanted to be normal.
I wanted to have a family, and be acknowledged by my peers...
That wasn’t the hand I was given.
I don’t know what path lies ahead of me, but at least I’m not alone.
I eventually summoned the will to remove myself from the bed with Lilly in tow.
School started quite a while ago, but I didn’t plan on going anyway.
I made my way to the kitchen and grabbed a canned coffee and planted myself on the couch.
“So, Lilly, can you tell me anything more about this gate?
Lilly was planted in front of me sitting on her knees, she put a finger to the side of her mouth and thought.
“Well… I’m not well versed in sorcery, but I can tell you what I know.”
I listened intently.
“As you know, a gate allows you to use sorcery. Gates aren’t tangible objects… think of it as an extension of the soul. Your gate is an artificial one. Normally during the period of nine months that a child is conceived, the gate adjusts itself to the user. Since yours was just outfitted, I assume the amount of mana you can use and the potency of the magic you can use isn’t set in stone yet.”
This made sense, though I felt I already knew this much.
“The real interesting part is the fact that you can use ALL of the elements, whereas most sorcerers can only use one or two. This may change over time, or not… who knows? The souls used in the transfusion of your gate weren’t adept sorcerers, so your magic right now is below average at best.”
Jack of all trades master of none, huh? Somehow this didn’t surprise me.
“Don’t look so down, Haku. Your soul has access to a manawell now. You should be able to use summoning without any drawbacks.”
Lilly bared her fangs in a smile.
“I have a constant stream of mana now. The power that you wield with me as your familiar is nigh omnipotent. I mean look at the fact that you’re still alive…”
Lilly smiled wider as she reclined on the floor, putting her feet on my knees.
“No normal familiar could do that, Haku. Your wounds are healed completely… I guarantee you could probably hack off a limb and be fine in mere moments once that manapowder in your bloodstream clears completely.”
Somehow, that didn’t seem like something I wanted to attempt.
“It’s shame you haven’t gotten into a real battle yet... though, Chains of Fate aside, Necromancy is an extremely potent and devastating form of magicka. We demons don’t follow the normal rules of magic. Magecraft offers fun things like Alchemy, Elemental magic, etc… but Necromancy…”
It was at this point that Lilly removed herself from the floor and crept onto the couch, straddling my body.
“With that… You could do anything you want… Master…”
Personal boundaries set side, (even though Lilly did have a pleasant fragrance of lavender floating around her) her definition of Necromancy was rather vague and uninformative.
She let out a sigh.
“You make it impossible to break the tension… Though I’m glad you like how I smell, Kira left her shampoo in the shower so I used it when you fell asleep last night.”
“Ugh… You ever thought that maybe if you were laying next to someone all night, you’d like to smell nice?”
I thought about this.
With the conversation about magic over and done with, I contemplated my plans going forward… I wouldn’t have to deal with Himari until after school ended, so it might be a nice time to try and visit Kira.
Dressed like that? After it worked out for you all-so-well last time?
Lilly was in the kitchen… helping herself to the contents of my fridge… even though I could’ve sworn demons didn’t need to eat.
I was human once too, you know! I like to indulge myself if I have the opportunity!
-Then make me a sandwich while you’re in there then.
What’s a sandwich? Is that like a broth?
-You know what… Nevermind…
I was trying my best to put all the events of yesterday and last night out of my head… Nonetheless, everything I needed to do now revolved around them.
Finding the answers as to why my father’s van was in the abandoned garage was an impossibility… Visiting Kira during school hours was a terrible idea the more I thought about it… And trying to figure out why I was abducted by the man in glasses was impossible as well…
Having some downtime wouldn’t kill you… Why can’t you be content with that?
I could tell Lilly was thinking hard in the background.
It would be wise to gather data on our current situation… After everything that happened yesterday, there’s bound to be some news.
-Oh? And how do you suggest I do that during a school day? Going as I’m dressed would raise a red flag and going as ‘Haku’ will have me set as a delinquent… Not that it particularly matters anymore.
I could see Lilly smiling fiendishly from the kitchen.
-This is INSANE!
Pfft... It’s fine…
-No… This is quite literally insane! Why didn’t you tell me you could do this?! And even then how is this a good idea?!
Walking the streets of Hira was Lilly… dressed in some of Kira’s clothes…
She wore a bright blue v-neck t-shirt with a long black cardigan and jeans.
A grey checkered scarf hid her collar and her eyes were hidden behind a pair of aviator sunglasses she insisted on borrowing.
I was seeing everything through her eyes as I laid on my bed back at home with my eyes shut.
Oh, come on… It’s been THOUSANDS of years! Who do you think will recognize me?
-No one! That’s the problem! HIRA DOESN’T HAVE VISITORS!
I’ll just say I’m your cousin or something…
-THAT’S AN EVEN WORSE IDEA! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!?
Just go with the flow, Haku… I wanna check out the place a little bit anyway.
With that Lilly went silent and headed towards the main street.
It seemed to her that eavesdropping on the townsfolk would be the best way to get information.
Approaching a nearby coffee shop that had a fair amount of townsfolk in it, she pushed open the wooden door and made her way to the counter.
Haku… They’re staring at me…
-What did you think would happen?!
At the counter was a middle-aged gentleman who stared long and hard at the girl who was in front of him.
Deciding to break the tension, Lilly tilted her head to the side and gave the man a wide smile.
“Hello~! It’s been a long time since I came here to visit my cousin, so I don’t quite remember the menu… Can you tell me what drink is the most popular~?”
Seemingly by magic, the man’s face lightened.
“Oh, that must be why I don’t remember seeing you… Well, there’s our homemade dark roast which is popular, and we also have a vanilla chai.”
Putting a finger to her mouth Lilly thought for a bit.
“Wow~ Both of those sound really good! Can I have the vanilla chai~?”
Giving her a smile the man nodded his head.
“For a pretty girl like you, of course!”
After paying and getting her drink, Lilly took a seat at the corner of the coffee shop and sipped her chai.
Of course. I’m an all-powerful demon capable of doing all-powerful things.
Lilly reclined her head and looked around the shop.
The shop only consisted of a few round wooden tables, which made it easy enough for her to eavesdrop on anyone who may mention something important.
Deciding it would take a while for everyone to ignore her presence, Lilly began to relax a bit and enjoy her drink… After all, it must’ve been quite a while since she was out and about.
I wish you could try this Haku, it’s really good.
-Then you should’ve gotten me one.
Pfft. I don’t feel like carrying two!
Lilly took another sip.
Tell you what, I’ll save a little for you when I come back home, okay?
-That's… actually surprisingly kind of you.
Lilly giggled to herself a little but didn’t respond.
A few minutes had passed and conversation resumed in the small shop.
Let’s see… Some guy and his wife… Stocks… and…
Lilly narrowed her hearing to an elderly couple that sat near the middle of the shop.
“Apparently a member of the NES was here in Hira last night…”
“Yes! Apparently, he broke into the Nakajima house and ran out with little Kira in his arms!”
“That’s what I’m telling you! The local town leaders are still looking for him, apparently they saw him disappear behind the bookstore!”
They have this amount of information? Apparently, these people are just as tribal as they used to be… information gets around quick…
Suddenly Kira began to hear something much more important coming from another side of the room.
“Did you hear the news?”
“Hmm? The NES?”
“Maybe… They found two men dead in the basement of that old abandoned house near the west side of town.
“Here? In Hira?”
“Apparently they found a bunch of surgical equipment down there… The two men were chopped to bits… It was a bloodbath down there!”
“Was it the NES?”
“No one knows.”
Did you hear that?
-Yeah… That can’t be a coincidence…
I’m surprised they even let anyone go to school.
-This is Hira. If anything happens here, the town leaders try to keep it under wraps as much as possible until they know everything.
That’s not good… Neither you nor I killed them, so that leaves a third party…
-I couldn’t imagine who. They can’t possibly be from Hira.
Lilly accidentally finished her whole drink and seemed peeved off by herself.
She tried to listen around more but there didn’t seem to be anything else of importance.
I’ll stay here a bit and try to get more information… Why don’t you take a shower and relax a bit? I’ll be home soon.
-Ok, just try not to get into trouble okay?
Me? Trouble? Never.
Letting out an annoyed groan I opened my eyes and got up off of the bed.
Despite the fact that I was aggravated by her rash personality, I could only admire her drive to take action.
I went to the bathroom and stripped myself of my clothes.
Stepping into the shower and turning on the water, I began to feel much better.
I haven't showered since yesterday.
An image of the man in glasses flashed in my mind.
Startled, I fell backward and hit my head against the wall.
Finding myself hyperventilating, I shook my head and tried to calm down.
I wondered to myself if this would be something stick with me forever…
Standing up, I finished my shower and stepped out.
As I wrapped a towel around my body, I grabbed the clothes off the floor and made my way to the bedroom.
Going towards my dresser, I put on a fresh pair of underwear and heard a knock on the door.
-That’s odd… All my friends should be at school.
Deciding that no one could possibly misidentify me with just the bottom half of the uniform, I slipped on the jet black cargo pants and combat boots since they were the closest clothes near me.
As I began to walk out of my room, I grabbed a grey shirt from my dresser and put it on.
The knocking continued.
“Just one moment. I’m coming.”
I opened the door only to find myself immediately thrown to the side.
“Quick! Search the apartment!”
Looking up, I saw several men dressed in black tactical gear with guns rush through the door.
Before I could even think, two of the men grabbed me by my arms and held me against the wall.
Soon enough, a man dressed in a tan trench coat with a shaved head stood in front of me.
“Haku Maeda, correct?”
I nodded, confused.
Turning around he yelled to his subordinates that were in the process of raiding my room.
One of the men dressed in tactical gear emerged from my room with the rest of my father’s black uniform.
“We found this, sir.”
The man in the trench coat grew a huge smile as he took the uniform from his subordinates hands.
“Well, Haku…” The man began as he turned to me.
“It seems you’re the NES member going around slaying demons, kidnapping girls, and murdering people.”
My eyes widened in disbelief.
I didn’t even know what the NES was!
“You can’t be serious-”
The man planted a fist to the side of my jaw with superhuman force.
“Shut up. We found this at the field the day after the greater demon was slain.”
He held up an old antique rabbit… The one I bought for Kira.
“Only someone from the NES could have possibly taken down a greater demon single-handedly, not to mention, the clerk at the antique shop explicitly said he sold this to you.”
He took a cigarette and lit it.
“I don’t know what the hell the NES thinks they’re doing taking a local from Hira into their midsts... But you should know that Nashta doesn’t have any authority here...”
He took a long drag as he stared me in the eyes.
I had no idea what was going on, but it couldn’t be any good.
“...There’s also the fact that Magecraft is prohibited here by local law, along with murder, of course…”
I gritted my teeth for what was coming next…
“Haku Maeda, you're under arrest for the suspicion of murder, kidnapping, and the illegal use of banned magicka.”
This can’t be happening…
The two men holding me spun me around and forced my hands behind my back as the man in the trench coat handcuffed me.
“Get him into the back of my cruiser. If he even tries to struggle, shoot him. NES or not, he can’t escape if he’s dead.”
The two men began to drag me out of my apartment with their pistols pointed at me as four other men stood behind me with their assault rifles pointed at the back of my skull.
Dragging me down the stairs and to the front of the bookstore, they threw me into the back of a black and white cruiser.
The scene looked insane.
There was a crowd of people gathered around the area and the cruiser I now found myself in was flanked by militaristic looking armored SUVs.
Before shutting the back door on the cruiser, the man in the trench coat gave me a smirk and threw the rabbit in with me.
“Here’s your toy back. Wouldn’t want you to get lonely rotting in hell, you murderous, filthy fucking mage.”
With that, he slammed the door, got into the driver’s seat and began to drive away from the bookstore.
The man looked in the rear-view mirror and looked at me with a cruel smile.
“You NES are always so fucking silent, huh? Whatever… I can’t wait until they execute you. You and your people are nothing but murderous, subhuman trash… To think you could have had it so nice, Haku. Surrounded and taken in by a wonderful, kind, loving community who accepted you with open arms… And what do you do? You say “fuck it” and learn tall-tale Magecraft garbage and decide to murder people for a living.”
-Open arms? Open arms my ass! This community never accepted me, and what’s with this ‘Magecraft’ garbage and ‘NES’ nonsense?!
Despite the situation, I found myself in now, I felt all my sorrow being replaced with rage.
Seeing the girl I love in front of me dying and going through the torture of being some sick science experiment made the situation I was in now look like a carnival.
What could they possibly pin on me anyhow? I saved Kira’s life! The demon I slew could have destroyed the town! Those two people they found in the basement couldn’t have possibly been killed by me, they had no proof!
The man chuckled, obviously reading the rage written across my face.
“Think you're a tough guy, huh? Probably thinking about tearing this car in half and running with your tail between your legs back to Nashta? News flash. Won’t work.”
The man held up what looked like a detonator in his right hand.
“You make one wrong move and I blow this car up, dragging you to hell with me.”
The thought of escaping didn’t even cross my mind in my anger, but observing the scenario I was presented with now make that idea seem even less appealing.
“Yeah… That’s right… Better back down you little- What the fuck!?”
The man slammed on the brakes, forcing the cruiser to screech to a halt.
Looking out the window, I found myself looking at the Highschool.
Apparently, the school must have gotten out since I saw students standing on the sidewalk, looking at what was in front of the cruiser in confusion.
The man rolled down his window in fury and started yelling.
“Get the fuck out of the way, you little bitch! What the hell do you think your doing!?”
I peered out of the front window to see what the man was talking about.
Slowly walking down the middle of the road towards the cruiser was a girl with a coffee cup in her left hand.
As she walked, her silver hair danced in the wind.
The sunglasses she wore sat at the tip of her nose, revealing a pair of red glowing cat-like eyes.
Her mouth was curled in fury, revealing two sharp canines.
The girl walking towards the car… Was Lilly.
The cute look she had before was nowhere to be found…
She was furious… If looks could kill, she would have slaughtered the entire town.
The man threw open his door and started walking towards her in anger.
“Just who the fuck do you think you are!? Can’t you see the fucking car in front-”
The man’s head flew off his shoulders, his neck erupting a fountain of blood.
Lilly continued to walk forward with a katana now resting in her right hand, which shone a maroon hue from decapitating the man in the trench coat.
The men in the SUVs behind us started jumping out of their vehicles, pointing their guns at Lilly as the bystanders screamed in terror.
“STOP THERE! DON’T COME ANY FURTHER! IF YOU DO, WE WILL NOT HESITATE--”
Lilly gave a flick of her blade, sending all the men who were once about to shoot flying into the air in a thick puree of red.
The image I once had of the cute sarcastic girl who rested beside me at night disappeared…
The girl who walked towards the cruiser in a large puddle of blood was indeed an all-powerful demon...
Anyone who saw her would’ve of trembled in fear.