Emily was one of the first tadpoles to experience the awakening. She awoke with a pounding headache. The poor tadpole tried to roll over and hold the pillow over her head. The pain thudded in the back and front of her brain. Emily clenched her teeth as she began to remember needles being injected into her arms, legs, eyes, and tongue. Tears streamed down her cheeks. She thought she had escaped the nightmare. Why was it coming back for now?
Please leave alone!
However, Emily became aware that she wasn’t alone in the room.
She slowly lifted her head. A man sat in the corner or her room. His long white robes matched his long white hair. He held a sword by his side like a trained bodyguard. In fact, his whole appearance said “samurai”. Emily stared at him, unable to think how to react. The man finally looked over at her. The tadpole finally screamed.
“Who are you?!” she cried. “What are you doing in my room?!” The man in white bowed.
“Do forgive me,” he said. “I am to serve you in any way.”
The man stood up and walked over to her bed. Emily cowered away with the sheets to her chest. He bowed his head.
“I was born from your soul,” he said.
“Born from my soul?” Emily asked.
“Correct. Please give me your order.”
Emily looked at him with big eyes. “Get out! Just get out!” The man in white bowed his head.
“Yes, my lady,” he said. Emily watched as the man in white walked out of her room. She flopped back onto her bed and breathed out. The tadpole girl didn’t have time to register what just happened when her cell phone rang. Against her better judgement, Emily reached over for her phone.
“Hello?” she asked.
“Good morning, Shoujo E,” a familiar voice said on the other line. Emily froze.
“No…” she murmured.
“Did you enjoy your gift that you received this morning?”
“My gift?” Emily remembered that man in all white. “Who is he and why was he in my room?”
“He’s guardian spirit,” Kitano said on the other line. “He is made to serve you.”
“It’s all part of your awakening. Congratulations!”
“Yes. You were the first tadpole to have their powers awaken.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You will see in due time. For now, work on using your powers. If you don’t, your body will rot from the inside and you will die.”
Emily’s stomach dropped. “No… No…”
“We’ll be in touch later.”
Emily’s phone dropped on her blanket as her eyes grew wide.