Originally posted @ tatsukida.pitas.com on September 30, 2010
There was a legend before about a girl born at a village by the lakeside. She is very cute but her skin has snake-like scales that she and her father were detested and casted out by the villagers to live, deep within the mountains. Then one year, there is a severe drought in the village and their harvest is endangered. The girl from the mountain went to the village and threw herself into the lake. Then, the girl turned into a beautiful dragon and beckoned the clouds to rain as she soared up the sky. Since that time on, no one has seen the girl every again. [Note: Shinnosuke, Shin and Tou is just one person] Flashback: After reading the book, young Shinnosuke wondered why the girl would save the village that has driven her off. His thoughts were interrupted when his father is knocking on the door and telling him to come out and go to school and as a Toujou, isn’t he ashamed of himself. His mother told the father not to say it cruelly like that but the strict father said that it is because she is like that, that is why Shinnosuke ended up that way. The mother got angry and shouted if everything is her fault. Shinnosuke just hid under the blanket and thought that this place is the house of Gyuumaoh [ox demon king; it is one of the enemies in Journey to the West or Saiyuki if you are familiar with that manga. =P] Shinnosuke saw everyone as an ox demon including his own family. Since his brothers have also become ox demons, he really feared of becoming like them one day. When his father threatened to destroy the door if he doesn’t come out, Shinnosuke ran out to the courtyard. He is hungry yet he don’t dare eat anything given to him by the Gyuumaoh else he become like them. Then, he noticed a young boy introducing himself as Kiba, butler in training of Ryuoniji family, to some ox demon servants. When Kiba bowed, his coins and everything fall down the floor. Kiba picked up his things then noticed that someone is looking at him. When he turned, Shinnosuke has already left. Kiba wondered if it is a zashiki-warashi [child ghost that bring fortune to houses]. Then, Shinnosuke overheard some people gossiping about why a useless person is being asked to become a butler and aren’t there any other person from Ryuoniji. The next generation head is only a three year old girl even if there are other boys.. The gossip is that the legal wife has no male heir[?] but the other wife has. They said that it doesn’t matter how it ends because that ancient family continued to decay since they cannot resist foreign intrusion and don’t have any political back-up so why not let that family be happy for a while by not hindering them [as they fall]. Shinnosuke ran again as he wanted to escape else he becomes like them.
Kanata says that even if he doesn’t understand everything but he finds it a bit strange. He asks her if Tou has already confessed. Mei says that she thinks that he hasn’t. Kanata says so that’s it, Tou easily runs away because of his low self-esteem. Mei thinks that isn’t it like him [Kanata]. Kanata says that if Tou confessed, he’ll absolutely be accepted. Mei asks if he think so. Kanata starts saying that Tou’s good points like tall, good looking, cultured, and athletic since he was able to catch his ball. And, even if Tou quit school during high school, he is still quite intelligent since he knows a lot of things. “So..I’m sorry, if from the start I’m the one who kept on talking, Mei? What do you think of Tou-kun?” Mei asks what he meant. Kanata says, “What I’m saying is what you want him to do.” Mei remembers Shinnosuke telling her that he wants to protect Izumi. She then happily says something to Kanata. Kanata laughs and says that Mei is amazing, that is what he thought, too. After they hang up the phone, Mei looks energized as she stands up and looks at the sunrise. She thanks Kanata for her depressed mood has been uplifted. At the sun building, in the armor room, Izumi takes a sword for a weapon. Then, Claris [who seems to manage to free herself] runs to her. Izumi asks if she is alright. Claris says thankfully. Claris asks about Mei and others. Izumi says that they split up but they should be alright and right now, what’s really important is to quickly find Miruku and others since there is only one hour left. Just then, they see three uniformed men. The two girls are ready to trounce on them with their swords when the uniformed men take out their helmets and shout for them to wait. It is Daimon, Aoyama and Leon who look really tense. Meanwhile, at the park-like area, Kento wakes up and wonders if he is still breathing. He looks at the side and sees dripping wet Rihito who asks him if he is still alive. Rihito stands up and says, “Choose, will you sleep here or are you going to stand up?” Kento laughs and says, “Let me tell you..*sits up and smiles* who do you think you are talking to..!” Rihito slightly smiles says that there is still 30 minutes so he ought to drum up his energy in beating them [enemies]. And, the two brothers head out of the building.