Fallen Guardian: The Last Shadow - CHAPTER-6
“You sure came early, Mr. Wakanabe.” Ryu got up and went over to his side as he patted off the dust on his shoulders.
“Well, you know my situation Ryu. I promised that I would take my daughter somewhere, so I came in early to complete our business.” He looked at his little girl, all shy and clinging to her father’s leg.
Ryu looked at Shin and signalled him to take care of her.
“Hey, my name is Shin and you are?” Shin slowly walked up to the little girl and asked ever so slowly.
“M…My name is Yui.” The little girl tightened her grasp around her father’s leg as she stuttered.
“Nice to meet you Yui, you’re going to get bored listening to your father’s business, you know that right?” Shin gave her a gentle look, trying to calm her down.
This indeed calmed the frantic little girl. Nevertheless, this shocked the hell out of the father-son pair. Their eyes bulged as their jaws fell by an inch. They had never seen Shin having any other look but a blank dead fish, let alone a gentle face.
The little girl released her grip and slowly opened her mouth “I’m probably going to get bored, but I don’t want to leave papa.”
“I have an idea, how about you let your dad continue his work while we sit in that corner. I’ill tell you a great story, that way you can still see your dad isn’t going anywhere and not get bored too.”
Yui thought for a while and gave a small cute nod.
“What story are you going to tell me big brother?” They made their way towards the corner of the shop as Yui walked behind cautiously occasionally turning her head to look at her father.
“Hmm…big brother here doesn’t know many fairy tales but he can tell you some great historical stories. Do you know, how the great spirits and the guardians came to be? How the world first met them? How we were always protected without our knowledge?” Shin looked at little Yui, who was now radiating with sudden interest.
“My mommy only said they protected us and they were sent from heaven, I don’t know anything else big brother.”
“Then, do you want to hear the story of ‘The oldest Legends who forged the world’s balance’?” Shin elevated his voice in an attempt to pique the little one’s interest.
It resulted in Yui giving him a big nod and looking at him, with eyes full of wonder.
“Ok then. Let’s start from the very beginning…”
“It all began two hundred and ten years ago in the Spirit World.”
“A war that had been going on for centuries in the spirit world led itself to our world.”
“The spirits who have been protecting us from darkness could no longer suppress them.”
“I don’t know if the spirits descended into our world from heaven like your mommy said, but they sure fought against hell.”
“The spirits lived in an astral world, a world not reachable by anything physical. The astral world was always right in front of us, just a leap away but ever so unreachable for us.”
“A world where nothing else existed but darkness and light. No shape, no mass, only a balance between the two forces of light and darkness. The great spirits fought against in ways unknown to us but they had been protecting us since a great log of time against the dark spirits. With the power of all the positive emotions and energy of the living beings powering the spirits, the negative emotions and energy powered the dark spirits,”
“But, as greed, lust and other vile emotions started to increase in our world, the delicate balance of the astral world broke.”
“The great spirits led by the guardian spirits and the divine spirit failed to stop the darkness from materialising here. Dark fog and mist took over the world, the unexpected threat left our world in flames, and chaos erupted henceforth.”
“As all the remaining kings banded together to protect the remains of humanity, the seven darkest of spirits and their armies of dark spirits took the shape of demons, looking like rotten corpses, about to shred every piece of evidence of the very existence of light in this world.”
“But just as the last band of humans were about to be defeated, the guardian spirits had no other way, but to reveal themselves. The great spirits made their way in to our world through huge portals.”
“The skies roared as the space around Earth split and rays of golden light shot out of it. Those rays of golden light soon turned into many other colours, just except black. They had no shape nor a physical body. They looked like radiating pools of pure energy, and nothing else.”
“Their sudden appearance startled the last of humanity but even more importantly, everyone could feel the energy around them. The positive energy that the rays possessed granted people hope and courage. The seven guardian spirits led by the divine spirit had only one path to offer to the world.”
“And this is what the old divine spirit said, ‘We have lived in secret protecting you, fighting all the darkness formed from your dark deeds and every form of negative energy as we consumed the positive energy created by you.
But even though you emitted both the energies, darkness had always been your major energy emission.
We have protected you for thousands of years, but the pure energy had lost its abundance as you have been acting selfishly as you pleased. But it is no longer a way of life, if you want to survive.’
The divine spirit’s golden light radiated strongly while his majestic voice reverberated the world, startling the dark spirits who roared in anger while all the other animals knelt and bowed their heads.
He continued, ‘We are loyal and proud spirits and we used to be in larger numbers, but your deeds have led to a lack of energy for us to fight for your world and many spirits have fallen prey to the darkness.’
‘I will show you the path which could reforge the balance and seal the darkness back in the underworld where they belong and you have no choice, but to accept.’
‘Each spirit will choose and reside inside individual rangers of your world who it deems worthy to be commanded by.’
‘I shall unlock the seals on your life force, a seal which had prevented you from using your life energy. Anyone who is eligible to be a protector would be released from his energy seals.’
‘Any protector who withholds his honour, loyal to the world and strives to protect it, will be chosen by the spirit as its partner and make no mistake, we are no slaves, we are your partners. You can rank the rangers accordingly as you wish.’
‘Only with the strength of your physical body, your life energy and our abilities, we might match up to the seven dark spirits known as the Demon Kings and also their armies.’
‘And lastly, only by the ones capable, powerful, strong and loyal, with us residing within themselves can seal the Demon Kings back into the underworld.’”
“The assembled kings and their armies, who had the weight of reality pushed onto them by the guardians had nothing to offer them but their agreement and respect.”
“Everyone including the kings, who witnessed the great spirits knelt in recognition of their power.”
“But no king was worthy enough to sustain the energy that emitted from the guardian spirits.”
“But the guardians had already sensed the people who were capable of becoming the guardians of the human world.”
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