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Shinobi Journalist ~Book of Summer~

By FanfictReader/Writer1290

Adventure / Romance

Blurb

17-year-old Sasha Kanaka is a 2nd year high school student of Yōkai Private Academy and is ready to go out into the world for the summer but what awaits her isn't fun and games when a mysterious figure appears and threatens her beliefs. Join Sasha and her friends on this crazy roller-coaster ride of the hectic and the adventurous as she outwits both the past and the present with the help of her friends, family and allies as they unlock a powerful secret that holds a key to Sasha's mysterious past. Can Sasha survive this game before time runs out or will her naiveté cost her the life of a certain medical specialist?

Chapter I

Authoress: Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I was here but I’ve decided to renew my story (and by ‘renew’, I mean ALL 11 chapters so it’ll take a while to finished them all before I move on the other chapters).

The story’s plot takes after the Land of Waves and Season I Arcs, it’s kind of a mash-up between the Manga/Anime adaptations (Terribly sorry if there’s any confusions).

And that’s the gist. I own neither Naruto, Rosario+Vampire nor anything else that will be viewed here except for the ones that have this symbol (*). The ones that have this symbol (**) are the ones that my pals from D.A and I have created.

Also, here’s an inside look on the protagonist:

Sasha A.I. Kanaka (差者 A.I加中 ‘Sasha A.I Kanaka’):

Age: 17 - 18

Occupation: 2nd Year (Sophomore), Newspaper Club Vice-President/Headmaster’s ‘Shadow Messenger’ (影使い ‘Kagetsukai’)

Personality: Good-natured, hot-blooded (only if she’s hears the forbidden words), resourceful, a tad blunt (unless the situation calls for it), stern and strict (Kanaka: ‘so long as you don’t piss me off with foolishness’), persuasive, compassionate, fun-loving and understanding.

Likes: Reading and researching old myths and ancient folklores, housework, sparring (Kanaka: ‘cause it helps keep me calm’), crafting, achieving coexistence with humanity, helping out others, wants to resolve situations without bloodshed.

Dislikes: People calling her ‘boyish’, ‘unrefined’ or ‘tomboy’ (少年らしい ’Shōnenrashī/未精製 ‘Miseisei’/少年らしい女 ‘Shōnenrashījo’), other people getting hurt and being threatened, unnecessary violence, standing out and exploiting her powers.

So I ask you my dear readers and soon-to-be readers to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

P.S., here are some pointers:

- “‘[...]’“/”[]” are for thought and whispering.

- **/italic is for Voice Over.

- Capitalized Typing are for English Pronunciation.

P.S.S., The cover is a gift from a friend of mine on Wattpad~!


1st Step into Exploring the World of Unlimited Light and Diving into the Sea of Infinite Secrecy


~(Prologue)~

**My earliest memory was only a dream... A dream of deep darkness and a voice calling out to me...

“...Sorry...”

A voice cried out into the darkness as raindrops of light tinted with copper-blue drips down as it slowly caused ripples to form before raining down like a waterfall.

“...I’m so sorry...”

In it, the voice whispered to me so softly, apologizing to me for letting me experience something lonesome and scary...

Very soon, the voice was riddled with choked sobs as the tiny droplets of blue light descends in the cold darkness like rain until it changed into a maroon-red color.

“I’m truly sorry for what I am about to do... I won’t deny the fact that the road ahead of you is long and harsh but you mustn’t lose sight of yourself...”

Suddenly, the sound of cracking was heard as they begin to form up like a spider’s web as tiny rays of light bleeds through the crevices like water.

“I’m sorry for making such a decision for you, but I can only pray that you don’t spend your life in hating me for leaving you.”

The voice said as the cracking soon became louder and louder until the wall shatters into a thousand of pieces like glass as rays of light envelops the darkness until the scene itself was dyed in shades of indigo, illuminated by the light of the crescent moon.

My second memory was the prelude of my story...


*‘Yōkai Gakuen’, commonly known to all as ‘Yōkai Private Academy’, not much is known about this school except it possesses a very dark and dangerous secret:

It’s an school that built for *Ayashi to attend!

The sole purpose of this establishment is to learn how coexist peacefully with Humanity since the world is now under their control (which is the current main problem today).

Everyone from the staff to the students are all Ayashi, hence the fact that there are no genuine Humans attending but if any unsuspecting Human were to enter the school grounds...

Ah well, they’ll be KILLED on the spot.


~(Somewhere near the perimeter of the Yōkai Gakuen Girls’ Dormitory Building – 17 years later)~

Upon the northern side of the Girls’ Dormitory, lies a modest-sized duplex cottage located on the northern side near the pathway ranging from the dormitories to the campus as the sound of clicking was heard from the 2nd floor window.

“A little graphics here, a little writing there, proofreading and... PRESTO!”

Said the owner of the said cottage - It was a young girl with dark rondo-purple hair like the *‘Kyōto purple’ Lisianthus flower in the early summer as her side-swept fringe covers her eyes - As she continues to type on her laptop’s keyboard automatically while sitting on top of her futon crossed legged as she was typing up on her dark purplish laptop revealing a summer-colored desktop:

*~Saika no Kisetsugi~

Today’s Topic:

[SUMMERTIME IN THE HUMAN WORLD]

The girl smiled proudly at her work she looked over to the lower left-hand corner and saw the time as she lets out a surprised gasp, causing her to jump off her futon as she runs about in her room frantically.

“Oh crap, it’s nearly 1:30...?!”

She said as she hops straight into her bathroom, turning the bath faucet and takes a quick shower, fumbling about and caused some objects to fall from the shelves as she lets out a yelp.

Thump!

“Ow, that smarts...!”

After calming down and donning a simple long-sleeved purple shirt and black shorts, the girl grabbed a sleeveless hoodie and tied her dark rondo-purple hair into a half-ponytail with an indigo-purple velvet ribbon and dons an dark purple fluorite crystal pendulum necklace entwined with a pair of blue zircon dragons.

“Alright...! I’ll work on the column a bit more while I’m over there...!”

She said as she walks over to her desk, grabbing her messenger bag from the chair and starts packing her laptop, clothes and necessities while going over her little schedule and goes over her list again for good measure before she realizes that something was missing, causing her to look from the mirror to the opposite side of the room and saw a small object, reflecting her tiny image back at her.

“Huh? Oh geez, to think I’ve nearly forgotten one last important item... ‘[Well, it’s not like I’m going to need it anyway...]’”

She said as she makes her way to her dresser and reaches for a *lépine savonnette-like lidless mirror with an *hoshizukiyo-colored rimmed as a twilight-colored *shibori tied at the metal ring and places it in her left pocket then she turns to the front door and opens it as the light switch off simultaneously.

“Well, with that done, it’s time to meet up with the others at the bus stop otherwise they’ll go on without me––?!”

She said as she locks the front door and made her way to the gate before remembering that it was in need of repair due to an incident concerning the Headmaster’s pet *kaijū-nezumi rampaging and caused the gate’s bolts to jam together, making it difficult to open, causing the girl to walk back a few steps before swiftly turning on her heels and ran towards to the jammed gate before she channeled her *yōki into her legs as she effortlessly performed a backflip over the fence and landed safely onto the ground.

“Yōkai Gakuen Class II Sophomore, *Sasha A.I Kanaka, FULL SPEED AHEAD!”

The girl, now revealed as Sasha, shouted loudly as the wind ruffles her bangs out of the way, revealing her eyes to be a mesmerizing shade of navy-blue much like the color of midsummer evening as she brims with confidence and makes her way on the path and over to the bus stop.


~(Meanwhile somewhere on Yōkai Gakuen Rooftop)~

The wind blew through the dormitories surrounded by the haunted forest filled with tombstones and grave-markers as the campus entrance can be seen up ahead as it leads upwards to the rooftops encased by a series of black iron fence which surrounds the rooftops and behind reveals a young man wearing church attire that priests and monks had worn back in the ancient times.

“So it’s been 17 years already, huh...? ‘[So the day has finally come... I wonder how she’ll handle herself...?]’”

The mysterious figure said as he thought curiously as the wind howling vividly as the hood’s hemline begins to waver like ripple in the calm water and takes it off entirely as his silvery-white hair flows along with the wind – He leans against the bars as his eyes looks pass the fence as he sees the said girl walking towards to bus stop.

“‘[However, knowing her antics...]’ *sigh* Looks like I have to prepare myself a couple of all-nighters––?!”

“Oya~ Now this is a sight! The ‘Strategist’, Tenmei Mikogami, is displaying a depressed look like a father giving his daughter away for marriage.”

After seeing how excited the young nōshishoku-haired high schoolgirl is as she walks along the path and recalling the past events that she was in, the figure –– Now known as Tenmei Mikogami –– sighed exasperatedly as he dejectedly prepares himself for a grand amount of paperwork before sensing an familiar presence coming from behind him as a small anger mark appeared on top of Tenmei’s forehead as he turns around to see a young tall *Bishōnen with long unkempt black hair – He wore a black robe tied with a decorated sash around the waist followed by a white bell-sleeved robe.

“But then again, this isn’t the first time that something like this has happen...”

He said while leaning against the stone railing as he inhaled tobacco from his *kiseru and exhaled puff of smoke as he re-adjusted his dark circular glasses neatly to the bridge of his nose as Tenmei stayed silent for a moment until he broke the ice by smirking as he gives the young man his second opinion.

“Tōhō Fuhai, I prefer the term ‘Honored Student’ however you’re right about one thing; Kanaka-kun has excelled in everything ranging from literature, history and war strategy. So much in fact, that she can easily surpass her classmates if she desired; but I can’t shake this foreboding of mine.”

Tenmei said as Fuhai raised a brow when the wind howled even louder than before as he stretched out his arms as he walks over to his teammate and stared out in the distance.

“You know, I once read an article that distress can cause gray hair to grow faster––?!”

Tōhō Fuhai said jokingly before raising his left hand up as he covered Tenmei’s mouth to prevent him from chanting a spell as the latter pulled out a rosary from his chest pocket.

“I’m kidding, I’m kidding~! You know, the least you can do is to humor me, Mikogami...?”

“We’ve known each other for the last 200 years and not once have they made me laugh.”

“Geez, since when did you become such a square?”

Fuhai asked light-heartedly as Tenmei retorted bluntly as he retracts his hand before images flashed before his eyes and remembers the day when Sasha was brought here 3 days after she ‘awakened’ as if it was only yesterday.


~(Flashback – Yōkai Gakuen Institution Inner Courtyard – 17 years ago)~

The dark gray sky rumbled lightly and the clouds moved slowly overhead as it darkens the secret world concealed by the Great Barrier as silence lingered in the air before it was broken by the sound of someone drawing in the dirt was heard.

“So that’s the girl?”

Tenmei asks as he sees a young girl wearing a cobalt-blue/black pleated-checkered dress with a starlight-gray long-sleeved shirt underneath a dark blue/purple lined hooded cloak followed by pale brown-colored stockings and white tennis shoes hunched over as she continues to draw doodles in the ground without even noticing that she was being watched by the former himself from his office’s window.

“Yes. She’s a resident of the hidden Yōkai village, *Shinrinmura and is one of the youngest candidates for the *Sanrō-ikkō.”

Said one of Tenmei’s subordinates as he looks over the child’s profile and informed his employer the rest of it including personal details whereas the listener himself was preoccupied by the appearance of a ball rolling towards the girl’s way and sees a few preschoolers walking up to the latter as they engaged the girl into a conversation.

“Oh, so she’s a member of the mysterious race, the *Ainokoyō, huh?”

“Yes and furthermore––?!”

“How very interesting...”

The man said but was interrupted by Tenmei as he silently predicts that the young girl’s upbringing will become much more interesting during the latter’s stay, but little did he know that his prediction would later become a reality 17 years later...


~(End of Flashback – Present time)~

“‘[Is what I said at the time but what I didn’t realize that the girl had exceeded all my expectations... If only she embraced her powers and past altogether]’.”

“Heh heh, I had a feeling you’ll say that... Fun fact about the *Sanjo is that they’re much more feistier than your average country bumpkin.”

Tenmei thought back how interesting of how she’ll grow over the years as he looks beyond the gates as the wind grew strong enough to rustle even the most stilled forests as it breaks their silence as Tōhō Fuhai reassures his young companion as the scene soon switches back to Sasha walking along the trail to the bus stop, reminiscing of how much time had passed.

“‘[To think that I’ll be able to walk out of here just like that.]’”

Sasha thought as she smiled when the wind spirals around a few times as she walks from a rocky corner and enters a clearing to see a old tree with stretched-out branches with a small scarecrow stationed at its base as she sees a boy and a girl talking inaudibly as they positioned themselves high up into the tree and seated next to each other onto one of its branches, unaware of the girl’s presence and the mischievous smirk that graced her lips.

“Well now, isn’t this just sweet?”

“AH!”

Even though she’s been called a ‘spoilsport’ whenever work was involved, Sasha couldn’t help but to tease the two *‘Airigai-tachi’ and their antics while secretly rooting for their success of hooking up as she sees them both jolt and looked down from the tree and blushed nervously, causing Sasha to smile deviously and feigned innocence.

“I hope that I’m not interrupting things between you two lovebirds!”

“K-Kanaka-san! How long were you––?!”

Asked Aono Tsukune as he jumps from the tree branch - A young light-tanned boy with dark brown hair and matching eyes - He wore a white T-shirt underneath a buttoned-up green shirt followed by a pair of brown cargo pants held by a black belt along with white sneakers.

“Just got here but if you guys want some alone time together, then I completely understand––?!”

“N-no no, we weren’t doing anything like that Kanaka-san, honest!”

The next to protest was Akashiya Moka - A young fair-skinned girl with long knee-length pink hair and *matcha-green eyes - She wore the academy’s standard girls’ uniform with the exception of her rosario hanging securely around her neck and the coat jacket – She said as she unknowingly hurts Tsukune’s feelings, causing him to gaped in shock and sulks dejectedly much to Sasha’s amusement.

“‘[O’ woe to the daily struggles of the average guy...]′ I was just kidding, Moka-chan and I told you to stop with the formalities already, there’s no need to address me like that since we’re practically the same age.”

Sasha thought deadpanned as she reassured the young vampiress that she was only teasing them before asking the latter to stop addressing the former in a formal way.

“Sorry. So, Sasha-chan, are you ready for the retreat this year?”

“Yep, I’ve been waiting for this chance my entire life!”

Moka said apologetically before asking Sasha if she was excited to enter the Human World in which caused the latter to answer ecstatically.

“Speaking of the retreat, you never did told us the reason why you didn’t participate in last year’s retreat and the field trip to the Human World.”

“Yeah, what was all that about?”

Both Moka and Tsukune asked curiously as they remembered the times of Sasha not participating in the two events concerning the Human World before Sasha gulped nervously and thought of an excuse to throw them off.

“Ah well, let’s just say that I wanted to brush up my skills a bit more until graduation came, you know? ‘[Well, it’s not entirely true... Up till now, I’ve been so content about telling them the real reason once we all graduate, which was supposed to be the plan but... Apparently, the Old Man has something else in mind.]’”

Sasha said as she secretly thinks of wanting to tell the others the reason behind her staying behind in regards to the events concerning the Human World before remembering her meeting with the Headmaster 3 months prior.


~(Flashback - 3 months ago)~

The clouds shrouded the campus with its shadowy darkness as a source of light was lit as it flickers slightly almost like it was dancing as the silence was broken by the sound of knocking at the end of the room.

**When I first came here, I knew that my new life here would be no different than spending time in a detention center.

“Yes, what is it?”

Asked Tenmei as he looks out into the window with his back turned against the door as the muffled sound of a young woman was heard from the other side.

“Pardon my intrusion, Chairman but I’ve brought the girl.”

Tenmei asks for the woman to send in the recipient as it reveals to be a casually-dressed Sasha as she walked into the room softly as Tenmei smiled and gestures over to the chair positioned in front of his desk as the girl bowed and seated quietly.

“You wanted to see me sir?”

“Yes, there’s something I want to discuss with you. Are you still aware of what had happen during your 3rd year back in Junior High?”

Tenmei then talked about her Junior High years much to the latter’s displeasure while the latter herself thought about it before answering the former reluctantly.

Due to an past incident, I was prohibited from EVER leaving the school grounds until graduation came and that’s something that I had to accept, whether I like it or not...

“Yes... ‘[Not a day goes by when I don’t think of it...]’ But what does that have to do with me––?!”

“I’ll cut to the chase: it’s my deepest pleasure that you now have the opportunity to go with your club for their summer retreat this year.”

... ... …

“EH!?”

Tenmei said bluntly as the room went silent for a brief time before it was broken by Sasha’s exclamation as she lets out a loud gasp so much in fact that it had caused her to cough uncontrollably as Tenmei remained calm.

...Or at least, that’s what I thought originally.

“*Koff-koff* A-A-Are you serious, Headmaster Mikogami?! But what about the–– The condition was––?!”

“‘Unless a part of you is on his person at all times, you are not to step outside the barrier’s boundaries’, right? Well, it just so happens that the condition only applies IF *Kagenashi-kun is out of your reach.”

“‘Out of my reach’––? But wait, that means––?!”

Tenmei said as he recites the said ‘condition’ again to the young baffled Sasha as her mind begins to process the meaning of the loophole as her eyes widened at the realization while Tenmei smiled politely and declared the outcome.

“*Sasha Aiki-Ichiya Kanaka, the time for you to enter the Human World is now...”

From that moment on, my caged world that was veiled in darkness had now began to brighten up.


~(End of Flashback - Present time)~

Sasha thought silently as she, Tsukune and Moka began to hear a couple of voices coming from the corner of the pathway and saw four girls and one boy coming towards them as one of them called out.

“Ara~ *Ohayo-gozaimasu, Tsukune!”

The first to greet was Kurono Kurumu - A young girl with light ocean-blue hair tied back with a headband and deep purple eyes with thick eyelashes - She wore the school’s summer uniform as well as donning her usual leg warmers and black loafers - She runs up to Tsukune and hugs him head-on as she, once again, ‘smothers’ him with her large breasts, prompting Moka to twitch in anger and wasted no expense of prying the flirtatious succubus off of Tsukune before he dies of suffocation.

“Moka-san, Tsukune-san––?! Sasha-san, are you also coming with us to the Human World too, -Desu, desu?!”

“You bet! I can’t wait to see Otonashi-nēsan again after this whole time!”

The second girl to greet is Sendō Yukari – A young girl with short brownish-black hair and amethyst-purple eyes - She wore a modified form of the school’s uniform that is accented with a pink top and matching corset along with pale yellow over-the-knee socks and brown shoes followed by a black witch hat drooping down - But got sidetracked by Sasha’s ‘unexpected’ appearance as she asked the former excitedly about her staying with the group, to which the latter replied enthusiastically.

“So wait, you’re actually coming with us this time?”

The third girl to greet was Shirayuki Mizore – A young girl with short light purple hair and blue eyes - She wore a black singlet underneath a white sweatshirt with long dark blue sleeves and a yellow pendant followed by the uniform skirt along with a belt tied to her left leg and dons a pair of long dark/light purple striped stockings with white shoes.

“Ah well, someone has to keep on eye on you guys from going all-out, especially after that one incident with the *PSC, the other time during the school field trip to Kyōto and that one OTHER time during the chaotic havoc caused by a certain SOMEONE here stealing the Headmaster’s *Mirror.”

Sasha said as she remembers of how the other girls (mainly one girl) had managed to cause 3 disturbances within the course of last year and early in the semester, much to the girls’ shock.

“Sasha, are you sure that you’re not a STALKER...!”

Mizore said as she remarks the latter’s intelligence, regardless of the fact that she was mostly absent during the course of last year, that it was considered frightening to some whereas Sasha smirked lightly in amusement before she was interrupted by another voice.

“Well considering the fact that you come and go once an week, I’m surprised that you haven’t peeled over and died of exhaustion yet.”

The one who called out was Moka’s younger sister, Shuzen Kokoa - A young girl with green eyes and red-orange hair tied into two bushy ponytails with red bows – Like Mizore and Yukari, she wore a short-sleeved red/white plaided *seifuku-top followed by the academy’s skirt along red-brown stockings with a white stripe at the top along with brown heels with bows and a little bracelet on her left wrist.

“Uh, Kokoa-chan, don’t you mean ‘Well, considering how much of a hard-worker she is, Kanaka-sempai is the coolest~~!’.”

“Now why would I do that? It’s obvious that it’s a lie, considering the fact that you often bite off more than you can chew.”

Sasha enunciated through gritted teeth only to have Kokoa shrugged it off and retorted with sarcasm as Sasha’s brow twitched in annoyance and growled softly to her underclassman.

“Kokoa, temē...”

“Well, what’re you going to do about it, huh? Little Miss *Shōnenrashī––?!”

“Who’re you calling an hot-blooded tomboy that can’t even score herself a date because she’s deemed as one of the guys due to her boyish looks, you jerk!?”

“Nobody said that, you selective-hearing idiot!”

Kokoa retorted by nearly saying one of the Newspaper club’s ′FORBIDDEN′ words in which Sasha shouts in response as Kokoa twitches in annoyance and retaliated as they’ve begun their verbal assaults to each other, much to everyone’s dismay.

“*Nekketsu-rekijo!”

“Oh that’s real original, little miss *Anefukugō...!”

“You would think that after 3 months of constant bickering would’ve give these two a pair of ulcers...”

Mizore asked bluntly as she and the others watched the verbal fight before Huáng Fāng-Fāng – A young Bishōnen with black hair tied in a long braid and pink eyes - He wore a form-fitting sleeveless navy-blue/black *tángzhuāng followed by blue jeans and matching tennis shoes – Steps in and breaks up the fight between the two girls, pacifying them effortlessly.

“Now now, this is suppose to be a momentous occasion for the club and its members, so let’s all agree to disagree and enjoy the summer, OK?”

“Tch, fine~”

“All right.”

He inquired peacefully as Sasha and Kokoa diffused their fight but continued to glared daggers at each other before they all heard the sound of an bus engine coming from the tunnel as it comes to a full-stop and opens its doors, revealing their homeroom teacher, Nekonome Shizuka – A young woman with sandy-blond short hair as the top half strongly resembles cat ears and dons a pair of *akagi-coloured glasses - She wore a lavender/lilac camouflage blouse followed by an ocean-blue skirt along with a pair of low-heeled white sandals.

“Hello everyone~!”

“Your tail’s out, Nekonome-Sensei...!”

“Iya~~”

Nekonome said cheerfully as her tail popped out in excitement, causing Sasha to point out Nekonome’s poor concealment and dodges the claw attack swiftly as it lands on Tsukune, who unfortunately got caught in the crossfire, much to Moka and the others’ dismay.

“Kya! Tsukune~~~!”


~(Few Minutes later...)~

After settling down and everyone boarded the bus with the exception of Sasha as she turns around to see the school in the distance before looking up to the sky and see the clouds shrouding the sun when suddenly, Sasha felt an incoming surge of white-hot searing pain is her right eye as it threatens to draw blood from the socket, causing the girl to grasp it in revelation, dropping her bag in the process as it draws attention to two of her fellow staff members.

“Shit...! ‘[M-my eye...]’ O-Ouch...”

“Hmm? Hey, is there something wrong, Kanaka-kun...?”

Sasha thought as she feels the stinging pain in her right eye before she heard fellow staff members, Tōjō Rubi - A young girl with long dark black hair with two locks tied into ponytails on either side and reddish-pink eyes - She wore a carnation-pink corset with long brown frilled-skirt and black high-heeled shoes – As she and the school bus driver, Nurari looks over to the young journalist in confusion.

“Tōjō-san? Ah–– No, It’s nothing, just got some dirt in my eye, that’s all.”

Fearing what their reactions will be, Sasha immediately straightens herself up and wipes away any sort of discomfort as she replies breathlessly while the pain was fading away and made her way to the window seat as Nurari shrugs it off while reaching for the lever to close the doors and restarted on the engine as the bus slowly made its way over to the tunnel.

“‘[Come to think of it, I haven’t felt something like that intense in a long time... Not since that day...]’”

While feeling relief, Sasha thought suspiciously as she remembers an similar event but was force to set it aside due to the bus entering the tunnel connecting to the Human World as Kurumu and the others fighting amongst themselves about who gets to seat next to Tsukune while Nurari secretly looks over his shoulder to Sasha’s direction and thought about what his good friend had proposed prior to the now.

**[Upon the final week of June, I think it’s about time for Kanaka-kun to stop being ‘tied’ down by the ‘shadows’ and start living in the ‘light’...]

“‘[Mikogami... Are you really sure about this? Are you that confident that the seal will hold during the girl’s stay in the Human world...?]’”

Nurari thought reluctantly as the air was filled with youthful bliss, pure intentions and hilarious gags as the scene slowly deteriorates like water, revealing a opened clearing located somewhere outside the Great Barrier as it was blanketed by a large cloud as the sound of pacing was heard from inside a deserted cabin.

“‘And so, the caged bird has been freed from its cage and set its sight to soar the skies...’ But what awaits her is not the joy of freedom but rather, DESPAIR.”

Said an unknown figure as he paces back and forth inside the cabin before turning his attention over to his cloaked assistant who was kneeling down in respect.

“Sir, I swear on my life, I will not fail you...”

She said curtly before disappearing into thin air as the man was left alone for a minutes until he picks up a dart and takes a few steps from the wall.

“Very well then... Let the Hunt begin.”

He said, twirling the dart in his hand until he threw it across the room as it lands a few inches from a photo depicting a much younger Sasha A.I Kanaka before it was dyed crimson-red as the man smirked sinisterly and broke out in laughter, revealing that an intruder was listening in on the conversation from the outside as a small stream of blood flows from the wall to the ground, revealing an lightly steeped footprints.


~(Seconds later)~

“‘[Dammit, I got careless...!]’”

The mysterious figure thought bitterly as he rushes through the forest as if the devil was after him, panting breathlessly as he jumps high up in the foliage canopy, leaping from one branch to another, gripping his left shoulder in pain as a trail of blood falls behind him as it stains the ground like a painter flicking a paint onto an blank canvas.

*pant, pant*

With each passing breath, the figure soon slowed a bit and rested against the trunk, peering slightly and calmly rethink the situation as he hisses in pain while the sky darken with passing clouds as it shadows the landscape briefly.

“Ah, shit...!”

“Too late...”

But before he can even take a breather, he was ambushed from all sides as they launched an all-out assault against the latter as the tree was caught in an explosion, resulting the boy’s descent from the treetops.

BOOM!

“Ugh...!”

He cried out in pain as he falls down to the ground as bark, splinters and a balk of clothing came falling out from the trees and landed onto the floor as the attackers lands away from it.

“Tut, tut, didn’t your master teach you that letting your guard down is a HUGE no-no?”

The leader smiled smugly as she mockingly reprimanded the down figure, prompting the other two to join the jeering as they waited for the fire to die down and the smoke to clear.

“No one has EVER survived the ‘Trinity Attack Formation’ of the *Senryōken and lived to tell the tale about it, so let this forest drink deep of your blood as you atone for your ignorance.”

*Ba-thump, Ba-thump, Ba-thump...*

The smoke finally cleared and revealed the charred body of the intruder but before they can savor their victory, they were rendered speechless as they find that their target had survived the attack and disguised a log with the cloak.

“What the––?! *Kawarimi no Jutsu?!”

The Senryōken looked around the clearing for the eluding target as they slowly closed the space between each other before feeling a strong amount of yōki filling the air as a voice softly calls out.

“Too little, too late...”

Suddenly, a flash of black and purple appears and began its assault as the sound of punching was heard before the Senryōken collapsed to the ground, unconscious as the clouds moved out of the way and illuminated the landscape as a lone shadow looms over them like a banshee.

“Sorry, but it’s gonna take more than a surprise attack to take me down.”

It was a tall young man with dark rondo-purple hair tied into a long ponytail and dons a long black scarf as it covers his mouth, revealing a pair of sharp navy-blue eyes – He wore long-sleeved kimono-style black shirt with matching form-fitting pants followed by shin-length low-heeled ebony-black boots.

“I’ve heard that they’re strengthening their influence over in the Underground but I didn’t think it would this powerful...”

As he voiced his displeasure of the enemy’s upper hand as the wind sailed throughout the trees before he pondered the serendipity, narrowing his eyes in thought.

“’[But I got to hand it to them, to make their move the instant that the ‘Strategist’ made his...]′ If they get to Sasha first before we do, then...”

He whispered before trailing off, not wanting to think about the outcome as he takes out a blank *makimono along with a modified *sumizuriko, writing a brief message with swiftness before taking out an sleek ebony-black kiseru-like canister from his right hostler with the intention of unscrewing the top before sensing multiple outbursts of *Sakki coming from the trees as he sighs irritably.

“Tch, sending in the B-TEAM to do the Big Boss’s dirty work, typical...”

He said as a kunai sails from the dark canopy through the air until it was deflected by the latter’s scarf, much to the new enemies’ shock and readied themselves to attack.

“But regardless, I won’t let that bastard’s plan come to pass, I swear it upon my life.”

He calmly declared as the wind howled ferociously, the leaves fall from the trees and fluttered about, encircling the clearing as the enemies prepared themselves to fight against their worthy adversary as the sunlight bleeds through the treetop canopy and reveals it to be–– Sasha...?!


Hope you all like it!

All in all, I hope to learn loads from your reviews and suggestions but before I forget, here are some points and will appear in the next upcoming chapters and upon a much later note:

- Sempai (or Senpai) is a Japanese honorific of addressing upperclassmen or a fellow colleague as a sign of respect.

1.) Due to unexplained circumstances, Sasha was absent again during the first half of the new term but was somehow kept informed of the Newspaper club’s whereabouts and partake of incidents, such as the disturbances made in Human World and on campus during the course of the new term.

2.) Sasha is prohibited from ever leaving the school grounds was due to a past incident that caused her to forfeit her chances of entering the Human World except for ‘special tasks’ and for club activities. The reason behind her probation is still unknown and will be revealed later on in the story (Go to Ch. 9).

3.) ‘Temē’ roughly means ‘the one in front of my hand’ in Japanese and is the rude reduction of ‘temae’ whenever the person is angry though it was originally used for a humble first person. The usage of it is quite common among the males but its usage among females is very rare.

- ‘Saika no Kisetsugi’ (サイカの季節記) means ‘Saika’s Season Chronicles’ in Japanese and is the main protagonist’s pen-name.

- ‘Ayashi’ is plural for ‘Yōkai’, ‘Ayashi-yo’ means ‘Ayashi World’ in Japanese.

- Shinrinmura means ‘Woodland Village’ in Japanese.

- ‘Sanjo’ literally means a ‘Mountain Girl’, ‘Bishōnen’ translates as a ‘Handsome Youth’ or simply put, a ‘Pretty Boy’.

- ‘Airigai-tachi’ means ‘Potential Lovers’ in Japanese.

- ‘Sōran’ means ‘pale blue color’ in Japanese.

- Kiseru is a Japanese smoking pipe that the Geisha and Daimyō used in the ancient times.

- Tángzhuāng is a type of Chinese jackets that originated at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) and is now a common shirt to wear by men and occasionally worn by women.

- Senryōken (戦猟犬 ‘War Hounds’). More information about them will be revealed in the story.

- ‘Yōki’ is a Yōkai’s life energy and can be used for offensive, defensive and observation purposes.

- ‘Kawarimi no Jutsu’ is a Ninjutsu technique known to all as the ‘Art of Substitution’ as a means of replacing their own body with inanimate objects, such as wood, and creates an optical illusion to cause the users to either attack the enemy or flee from the battlefield.

- Makimono (巻物 ‘Scrolls’) are one of the important pieces of equipment in a ninja’s arsenal and can be used for many things such as storing techniques and summoning objects or people.

- Sumizuiko (墨刷子 ’Ink brush) are tools used in Asian Calligraphy for who-knows-how-long and is quite popular even now.

I will be uploading an Bonus chapter featuring the OC’s attacks, explanations and much more so until then, Mata nē!

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