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He Who Has a White Shadow

The door swung open but no one in the rough bar looked up. Men yelled and cursed, drunk and fought until the man who had opened the door stepped inside, a white wolf with black wings followed him inside. The man wore a kimono that was dirty and torn and a hat with a shrunken in the ribbon and the brim pulled down low over his eyes . A sword was thrown over his back and he seemed to scoff when he entered the room.

The drunken men lowered their voices to whispers at the sight of him. “They say this is Shadow Of White, He’s a demon hunter from Japan. I heard he’s here to help the emperor. ”

“Yes I am.” He leaned over the man, “Do you know where I can find my client?”

“Hey!” A teenager in a short kimono, road his skateboard up to Shadow Of White.He tumbled off of his board and stood up, a long braid falling along his back. Shadow Of White glanced at the kid as he stood up. “Shadow Of White! I will be your competition!”

“I don’t spar with kids.” Shadow Of White rolled his eyes as he turned away.

“I’m a demon hunter too! Mr. Hitachi hired me as well. I thought we could wager on who could kill the most demons because nothing is fun without a little competition.” The boy picked up his skateboard and smiled.

“It doesn’t matter how many you kill, it’s the more powerful monsters that matter.” Shadow Of White took a slab of meat off of some random person’s plate and tossed it to his wolf.

“Aright! Then we will see who can kill the most powerful demon.”
Taking to a knee, Shadow Of White patted the head and feathers of his pet and received a wet tongue to the face, “If you just go after the most powerful demon you’ll leave yourself open to the less powerful ones.”

“Right! We combine total number of demons with the power level of each one and then see which of us is more powerful! If I win I want your sword and if you win you can have mine.”

“I don’t wager.”

“What?” The kid watched as Shadow Of White stood up.

“I. Don’t. Wager.” He looked at the skateboard and at the boy holding it, “Who the hell are you anyway?”

“I’m Adow, rising demon hunter! Soon I’ll be the best man with a

“Adow? That sounds like something I would feed my friend…” The wolf barked, baring his sharp white teeth while wagging his tail. “Something with the same texture as corn… anyway, please take me to Mr. Hitachi.”

“Adow is a highly regarded name in this country, you best not disrespect it!” He turned away and walked towards the door, “I will take you to his majesty.”

The kid dropped his skateboard in the dirt outside and pushed himself forward. Shadow Of White walked beside him, his wolf just behind them. When they got to a very flat, stone surface Adow was able to race ahead while Shadow Of White walked quietly onwards.

“Watch this!” Adow ran his skateboard over a steeply slanted stone and grabbed the board midair before landing and skating in front of Shadow Of White. “Pretty awesome, right? My dad made it for me.”

Shadow Of White looked at the kid and blinked without responding.

“You wanna see another one?” Adow jumped up into the air off a bump in the road and crashed into a tree.

Shadow Of White watched the skateboard roll up to him, “Yes, that one was pretty good.” He picked up the board and rolled it over in his hands. Setting it down on the ground he stepped on and kicked off.

“What are you doing?”Adow yelled from the bushes.

Shadow Of White ignored him and road down a slight hill. Adow watched him turn easily and bend down to touch the ground as he rode along. Adow began running after him, the great imperial gate approached as Shadow Of White’s long loose hair blew behind him. Just before he was going to crash into the red and orange gate, Shadow Of White hit the side of the skateboard and jumped into the air. The board flipped over twice and then fell to the ground with Shadow Of White landing on it moments later and a big white wolf leaping over the wall after him.

Adow scrambled to climbed up on and over the gate. Running up the steep path he heard a whistle and watched Shadow Of White glide up the hill towards the castle being moved by the wind of his wolf’s wings who now flew behind him.

At the top of the hill Adow caught up the Shadow Of White at the gate who stepped of the board as his wolf landed. “Your father made that? It is a very nice invention.” He handed the skateboard back to Adow and then knocked gently on the large door before them.

The gate swung open and two guards greeted them, “Shadow Of White, Adow, please come in.”

They were lead in through the center of the path lined with many buildings and up to the largest building. Red in color and with stone statues and many people hustling about the main building was like nothing Shadow Of White had seen before. The large silk paintings that covered the interior wall’s seemed impossibly intricate. In the center of this splash of color were two people each sitting with straight backs.

Shadow Of White, not knowing how to greet these two, went to his knees and bowed his head to the floor while Adow stood straight and bowed slightly.

“Ah, Shadow Of White, thank you for coming. Prince Adow please take a seat.” The emperor spoke in a low voice.

Shadow Of White did not even glance in the direction of the boy as he raised his head. Adow continued to stand but took a few steps back.

“It seems that a powerful demon is trying to take control of the thrown. A barrage of demons have been attacking the castle and the guards can not seem to handle them. Just before we called you Prince Adow was attacked.”

Shadow Of White blinked, his wolf walking up beside him. In the dim light it was easy to see the shiny black and white beads that the winged pet wore around his front right ankle.
Stepping to his feet Shadow Of White mumbled, “I figured so…” then he looked to the two in long silk kimonos, “please allow me to demonstrate my power and remove the monster from your son.”

The emperor knew nothing about who this person before him was. This man could kill his son or might help free him from a demon. “No. You can cleanse him later. For now you must only protect us.”

“Yes sir.” Shadow Of White stayed stiff where he stood

“Adow show our guest to his room.”

“What? The maids can do a pitiful job like that.” Adow griped.

“Take him to his room.” The emperor snapped.

“I don’t like this man. I’ll protect the castle on my own.” Adow turned away from them.

“You will stay off the battlefield.” The emperor threatened.

“Shut up.” Shadow Of White turned his back to the three.

A few moments of silent passed, “What do you hear?” The emperor strained his hearing.

“A family arguing for no reason.” Shadow Of White paused as he looked to his pet, “I won’t need a room and the kid will be fine in the midst of battle, he’s already tainted, they can’t do much to him now. But if he gets in my way I will not tolerate his presents from thereafter.” He left the room with his wolf fallowing him.

Shadow Of White walked quietly through the bustling group of servants around him. He climbed up to the top of the wall and sat cross legged in the evening sun. With closed eyes, Shadow Of White meditated there until sunset. As stars began to appear so did the demons. It seemed that an army of them were marching over the horizon.

Standing up and stretching, Shadow Of White whistled. The wolf flew up to perch on the wall beside him. Adow looked from his window to see the outline of a person standing on the wall holding a shimmering sword. He grabbed his blade from the mantle and ran out towards the gates that were now closing.

“I will be your first line of defense, I can’t have any person in front of me.” Shadow Of White leaped off the wall to the outside of the castle.

Adow ran forward and skidded out through the big doors before they closed. Shadow Of White looked to him as he ran out with his sword towards the fleet of creatures trying to kill him.

“Did you not just hear me you moron? Get behind me!” He shouted at the kid as he kept running. Shrugging, at the kid who was now swinging at the demons around him, Shadow Of White stabbed his sword into the ground and sat down beside it. The demons weren’t paying any mind to Adow as he swung his sword at each creature that swarmed past him. A tiny monster approached Adow, who promptly cut him down that’s when all the demons looked to him. A swarm approached, about to rip Adow to shreds,and that’s when he heard slow clapping.

“Good job Adow! You got one!” Shadow Of White had let the demons get quite close to the gate, “Now watch how it’s done… Demons I will be your opponent. Have fun on your one way trip back to hell.”

Shadow Of White pulled his blade from the ground, his wolf’s black and white bracelet on his arm. A bright light surrounded him causing Adow to look away and then the light spread across all the land, up to the hill tops and over the cities. The light then contracted and pulled back into Shadow Of White. The demons had disappeared and Adow sat on his hands and knees covering his eyes.

With a sigh, Shadow Of White pulled the black and white beads from his wrist and put them on the blade who promptly turned back into a white wolf with black wings. He walked up to Adow and scooped him up off the ground. Adow wined in pain as Shadow Of White brought him back inside. “The demons are go for now, carry on as usual.”

Adow was set down on his bed, he felt a wet rag against his forehead and the light went out.

The following afternoon Adow awoke. He stumbled from his room rebranding his hair. Shadow Of White was sitting on the wall with his pet beside him. Adow stood at the base of the wall looking up to try to climb it when Shadow Of White fell backwards off the wall. He landed on his feet facing Adow with a smirk. “There are far greater demons coming today, I will not be able to smack them down like I did yesterday so it is important that you are with your parents. If worse comes to worse you shall defend them with your life, do you understand?”

A large growl erupted into the air, Shadow Of White leapt up and over the wall. Before him stood a large demon, twice the size of human, and he wasn’t the only one. Giant black blobs move towards the gates, some large enough to pass over with ease. Shadow Of White lite up in a bright fiery light and dashed to slice through the creatures.
Adow ran back to his room and looked to his mantle. The sword was gone. He ran towards the armory only to find that the guards were already using all the weapons. Panting slightly Adow ran through the brightly colored silks and found his way to his parents room. He opened the door and dashed inside without paying mind to his parents. He took the sword at the mantle of that room and ran towards the great wall.

Shadow Of White bashed down the thing standing before him, only a few of the demons remained one of them being larger than any creature he had fought before. Adow had come over the wall, he stood with a readied sword towards the smallest of the large demons.

“Stay inside!” Shadow Of White yelled, his voice deeper and ragged.

Adow slashed at the leg of one of the things in front of him. The demon roared back and tried to smash him but somehow Adow dodged it. Shadow Of White looked between the great demon and the ones that Adow was now running from, and he made a choice.

“I will be your opponent!” Shadow Of White darted between Adow and his demons.

He began his attack one the first one of three. Adow scampered back up to him and blocked a demon with his blade. Shadow Of White pushed the price to the ground as a talon covered paw tore open the place on Shadow Of White’s back when he had covered the prince.

“Get out of here Adow! Go get your parents and escape!”

Before either had time to act, the great demon smashed through the wall and approached the temple. The sound of wood snapping filled the air as the thing dove into the temple and disappeared.

“Did they kill it?” Adow asked, taking to his feet.

“NO. It must have infused itself into the emperor’s body.” Shadow Of White through the sword into the heart of one of the demons before him and sent the black and white bracelet with it.

Shadow Of White ran towards the castle as the bracelet landed over the hilt of the sword. The white and black wolf ran after his master. Adow ran just behind him into the temple.

“All men bow before me!” a deep voice boomed.

The soldiers and the maids were all on the ground, bowing before a man in a black kimono that was sounded in dark energy. Shadow Of White vanquished demons as he ran towards the king.

“Seize this man, he has murdered many of my brethren.” Yelled the demon inside the king’s body.

The guards looked up, not sure of whether or not to follow the emperor’s orders. The wolf ran up to his master and jumped into the air, the bracelet flew off and landed on Shadow Of White’s wrist. Transforming into a blade the wolf was caught by Shadow Of White, who was enveloped in white, as he was about to strike the emperor when his body was caught and pulled backwards. Though the guards wanted the demon dead they could not allow their leader to be harmed. The bracelet and blade dropped together from Shadow Of White’s hand and they together turned back into wolf form.

“Yes, now display the man before me.” Just as the emperor finished speaking the wolf with black wings jumped and bit the emperor who bled black blood as he kicked the wolf away.

It took many men to restrain Shadow Of White. Ropes were tied to his wrists and ankles and he was suspended between two tall poles. He struggled, watching Adow as he stood motionless in the shadows. The emperor approached the man as his wolf attacked and was repeatedly blocked by a barrier.

“Enough pooch, I have felt your energy, and now have created a barrier for it.” The demon stood before Shadow Of White who’s hair fell over his eyes as he struggled, “now I just need to feel yours so I can watch you struggle to defeat me.” The emperor placed a spread palm over Shadow Of White’s heart and smirked, “What’s this?” he laughed and pulled the kimono sash from his hips.

The already ripped kimono slipped from Shadow Of White’s back leaving him in a thin silk undergarment that could easily be seen through.

The demon’s laughter filled the courtyard, “Shadow Of White is a woman?”

Adow’s face went red and he looked away. A necklace with black and white beads and a wooden carving of a flower hung around her neck.

“Is this another source of power?” The demon grabbed the necklace and tossed it to the ground.

In a moment Shadow Of White was gone and in her place was a black wolf with white wings. She attacked the emperor and smashed him to the ground. Guards pulled the wolf away but she attacked them and got free. Both wolfs jumped about avoiding capture and trying to retrieve the necklace.

“Impossible! I’ve already a shield in place to block your energy. You couldn’t have two frequencies could you? No matter, I have your other energy in my database now too, you can no longer attack me.”

Shadow Of White dove forward and grabbed the necklace in her teeth, she transformed back into a woman.

“Adow!” She yelled and the boy ran to her side.

The white wolf tossed the bracelet which Adow caught and Shadow Of White grabbed the sword.

“I need you to wield the two Holy Swords, this one is the one of demons, use it to knock the spirit energy from your father.” He handed him the sword the wolf had turned into, “the other one is the sword of angles, use it to kill the demon once he is out of the emperor. Don’t get them mixed up but don’t let the monster know witch is which.”

“Why can’t you do it?” Adow’s eyes were wide.

“Good luck.” Shadow Of White grabbed the bracelet from Adow’s hand, dropped the necklace, and became the angle blade.

Adow held both in his grasp and breathe in and out deeply. He charged at his father with the demon sword in his left hand.

“It’s useless boy, I already have their energy, my barrier defends me from them.”

Adow sung his left hand and the sword stopped a few feet from the emperor. He swung the angle sword and it stopped the same distance away. After switching hands Adow tried again.

Then the demon began to laugh, he was no longer tense. “What will you do now human?”

“Stop pretending.” Adow smiled. The demon blade smacked through the emperor and the demon flew out. “The swords have different frequencies than there people do.”

Adow slashed the angel blade through the monster a few times and stabbed through its middle. The beast dissipated. Standing before a crowd of guards and maids, Adow breathed heavily. “Well? Someone go get medicine for the king and the soldiers.” He watched them scramble to action.

Adow walked up to the necklace that lay on the ground. He set down each sword on top of it and two people appeared, each holding the necklace in one hand. Adow looked back and for between the two, one was a girl, the other a boy, “which one of you is actually Shadow Of White?”

“I’m the one that talks to you, and I am angel blade.” The girl said.

“Yeah, And I’m demon blade. I’m not very good at not killing people, so I stay in wolf form until stuff needs to be destroyed.” He smirked, “Which reminds me…” He let go of the necklace and became a sword just long enough for the girl to catch him and guide him through Adow, then she quickly put the demon blade on the necklace and let go so he could stab the demon that was brought out of Adow.

Then both held the necklace, “I could feel that thing staring through your eyes this whole time, good thing your bull headed and wouldn’t let him take over.”

Demon blade took the bracelet and dropped the necklace over Angel blade’s head. He returned to wolf form and Adow looked to Shadow Of White for the first time with his own eyes. He blushed and turned his face away, taking off his kimono quickly. “It’s not good for a woman to be so underdressed. Please where this until I can find another kimono for you.” He held his own kimono in an outstretched hand to her without daring to look at her.

She snickered, “Thank you little prince.”

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Tiny Creatures

Tiny Creatures

I stood watching as people hurried around me. It’s like they didn’t see me. No one seems to see me. I watched her giving birth. I wasn’t sure who this lady was but I always wanted to see a life be created. There were a lot of people in the room but three stuck out to me besides the one that was creating the life. Other people didn’t seem to see these three, like how they didn’t see me.

The woman had been in labor for hours and I was getting kind of bored but these three where what was keeping me there.

“I will be the first one to touch the tiny creature!” The one wearing all black clothing spoke, “And when I have raised it I will have it start a nuclear war.”
“No, I will be the first to touch this child and when I do I shall be the one raising it and I will guide it towards becoming a monk.” Said the one in all white.

“If I poke it, it, he, will cause all of his classmates to fail and will then become a successful art student that will be arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.”

The one in white and the one in black stared at the one in red. Then all at once the two began to argue about who would be the first one to touch the tiny life. I turned my attention away from them however and approached the mother. The noise in the room was overwhelming so I just blocked it out and walked closer to the doctor.

I saw a tiny foot and I touched it to see if it would squirm. It didn’t move. Then the rest of the tiny life appeared. It didn’t make a sound so I poked its nose. Then it began to cry. The three odd people looked to the tiny life and then to me. It seemed like they could see me.

“Uh oh…” the one wearing black spoke.
I looked over the tiny life as the three of them scrambled to get in touch with someone. Another one in black, slightly taller than the last, showed up.

“What do you mean a ghost touched the baby first?” the new one yelled as he enter the room. “Hey kid.” He seemed to be talking to me, “Do you know what you just got yourself into?”
I shrugged.

“The first one to touch a baby will be its guardian and its lifelong guide. You have to take care of it for life now, do you understand?
I looked to the little thing and then back to the tall one in black and nodded.

“And as for the rest of you, don’t go telling the big guy upstairs or the big guy down stairs about this, just say you lost or something.”

I ignored them after that and went back to watching the small life form. The tiny life was passed from person to person and each one murmured the same word, “Baby” so I assumed that is what it was called.
I followed baby around as they moved it around the building. Baby went into a room with other tiny lifes and I stood beside the bed Baby was placed in. Peoples in white, black, and red all stood by their tiny lifes and spoke soft words to them. My own tiny life squirmed slightly so I poked its hand to hold it down. Baby didn’t like that so I held its hand in mine.

Tiny life was later moved to a new building. Baby’s basic needs were tended to by the large lifes whom I referred to as Male and Female, respectively. There is also a large life they call aunt something. This is a fitting name as Insects are annoying, and won’t go away. Unlike an ant, this large life is loud so I have dubbed it “Insect”.

Baby doesn’t do much but I don’t leave it. Male is often clumsy when holding Baby and Insect often wields knives so Female is the only one I can leave baby with. Male often leaves during the day after a brown drink and a look at the white leaflet that arrives near the door every day.

After a while, Insect began bearing gifts in apology for being so annoying. Baby was often dressed up in these gifts and would be photographed. Other gifts were colorful noise makers. For a while Baby would only look at me, so in order to appease Male, Female, and Insect, I would stand behind these objects or behind the large life forms.

Female began to wield knives soon thereafter so Baby would be left to swing perpetually back and forth. In the evening times however, Baby in the pink blob of fluffiness, in which baby was often contained, I would need to move things such as the dancing ceiling lights or the fluffiness that raised Baby’s temperature. I could not feed baby but blowing on the little life would stop the noise making temporarily.

As baby grew, she often seemingly tried to commit suicide off the side of the perpetual rocker. I must have done something wrong so I took it upon myself to create soft landing spots. Baby also seemed to get very hungry. Many dangerous things would end up on the floor. I lead Baby away from harmful things as much as possible but Male, Female, and Insect all did their part.

Tiny creature, while still hungry, began to venture near me through a knee and hand shuffling method. Insect in particular seemed upset that Baby would come near me so I began running off to various parts of the house and watching the tiny life from where she could not see me. That was, until the little black blob appeared.

To this day I do not know what it is, but one day Insect brought it over. This was just as Baby was learning the two foot movement method. The little black blob would race about, knocking things over and attracting the attention of all four life forms. This is when I seemed to become invisible to Baby. I later found out that most white, black and red clothed people disappear from the sight of their tiny life’s but a few can still see us all.

Little black blob then began to grow at a much quicker rate than Baby did. Both little black blob and Baby began eating solid food. I assisted both with keeping food in Baby’s mouth and getting it there. It wasn’t long before little life was taken out of the house frequently.

The going outside stage was very hard on me. Not only did I have to soften her fall, keep her from eating things, and keep other blobs of varying colors from trampling her, but she also began making noises. I decided to learn these terms so I could assist in the care of Baby further. “mommy,” “daddy,” “aunt,” “dog,” “play,” “there” and “food,” were the first terms I learned the next was “day care”

For those of you unfamiliar, “day care” is a place that contains tiny life forms during the day hours where those in white, red, and black must work extra hard. There are toys there so I kept Baby playing with those as opposed to interacting with the little lifes that were giving their protectors trouble. We built houses with each layer being a different color and painted finger pictures of the sky. Insect often dropped Baby off and picked her up and often one of the large lifes would comment to Insect about how we would not interact with others and wouldn’t speak much. All Male and Female heard about “day care” was about our paintings and our color organized buildings.

Just as we were getting used to “day care” a new word was introduced to my vocabulary, “Pre-school”. This was quite similar but was better in quality. There were stories and crafts and such but the kids would often fight over toys so we played with whatever was left. This is when Male and Female learned that I was keeping her from other children. After that “play dates” arose.

We would be taken to another lifes house and fed unusual food and asked to do odd things like hide and go seek, tag, and other games that we would normally play with more people at “pre-school”. But it was because of these play dates that we found puzzles. Once we found out what puzzles where, I worked at getting Female to bring puzzles of all kinds home. Word puzzles, mazes, puzzle pieces, and from there we found riddles and fact quizzes. These tools help the two of us expand our vocabulary, reading and math abilities.

In kindergarten I learned how well I had done by bring puzzles into her world. Baby could answer all the math problems and could recite geography, she was board while coloring in the letters of the alphabet and she could recite it forwards and backwards.

Then came elementary school, where she would wear pigtails and eat odd food and learn about science and history. We were good at history. If she needed to remember something I could help her by whispering in her ear. Whispering got us very far in the classroom but P.E. is where we struggled. Running wasn’t a strong point of ours and we didn’t want to practice during recess because we would rather read in the sun.

The next step was middle school. We already knew all the material but we didn’t move ahead of our grade because Baby wouldn’t talk to anyone except me, that is. P.E. only got worse and during lunch we would sit at a table with some people whom we had had play dates with a while ago and then go sit with other people and then go somewhere else to read or draw or write.

Life was boring and Baby was upset. All the people would not let her learn, they talked endlessly about nothing important and needed extended time for projects and wanted things repeated over and over again. I would try to keep her under control but sometimes Baby’s toughs would be really mean.

When high school came around, there were still annoying medium lifes but we could tolerate them. I believe the term “high school” was derived from the amount of kids that were doing some kind of drug and the stupidity of how every person seemed to be addicted to sports and would get a “sports high”. Nonetheless one thing made life bearable. Male life forms. Baby desperately wanted a Male for some unknown reason. She would draw them and write about them, read about them and watch them. I kept her away from them though.

When she talked to me about them she would ask over and over about why everyone else could have a “boyfriend” but I wouldn’t allow her one. I soon found out the reason why I would not give her a Male life form to call her own.

The two of us were walking down the street one day when high winds picked up. Buildings were being ripped apart and things were being thrown everywhere. I needed to protect Baby but without warning I disappeared from her side and found myself on a cloud.

“You did well ghost.” A person in white told me.
There were many people wearing white on this cloud.

“I need to go back to Baby.” I told them, “How do I return?”

“It’s the end of her life, you don’t need to worry, she’ll be an angel soon.”

“NO. I must protect Baby.” I looked around.

“I’m surprised she even lasted so long with a ghost taking care of her.”

“Ghost? What?”
An angel with a beard walk up, “When humans die, they either come to heaven, hell, or land in purgatory. Those that chose not to find out where they go are ghosts that roam the earth. It is rare for a ghost to want to go to his forever home in one of the three afterlives but when they do, they raise a child. If that person does good in life, both people come to heaven, just like you and Melody. Congratulations Jade, you’re an angel now. ”

“You mean.. Baby is going to die?” I didn’t wait for a reply. I jumped off the cloud towards the ground, I felt two large heavy things on my back that made me drift down.

“Jade! You can’t protect her, it’s her time.”

I found Baby, she was running. A large concrete ball with rebar sticking out of it was hurling towards her. I pushed Baby to the ground and for the first time in a long time she saw me. I spread my wings wide and covered her.

“Angel…” She looked me up and down.

“I’m sorry I wouldn’t give you a boyfriend, It’s just that… Well, I love you Baby.”
The concrete came close to smashing us but something protected us. God told me it was a force field of love when I saw him later. I kept my Baby wrapped in my arms until the storm passed and then I hid her away at the school where people were gathering.

Before I knew it I was back on a cloud with the bearded angel before me, “Human’s are never supposed to be kept past there time. Most anytime I would send an angel to Earth for doing such a thing.”

“Yes.” I said quickly, “send me to Earth. But please, have me born at the same age as Baby, because I love her.”

Soon Baby found a guy that looked just like her angel at the school, and he comforted her.
And that is how I fell in love with your mother.