In a forest, Kagutsuchi saw a monster approaching Amaterasu from behind. He tried to conjure the spiritual energy, but his strength was sealed away by the runes Izanagi had drawn on him.
All he could do was to watch Amaterasu get butchered by the monster.
Kagutsuchi woke up as he screamed.
Kagutsuchi: “Luckily that was just a dream…”
Led by Izanami, he and Tsukuyomi left Izanagi and Amaterasu. At first, they resided in an abandoned temple.
Later days, Izanami took them to an old village, where he continued the black magic practice.
Kagutsuchi: “If I wanna protect her, I must get rid of these annoying runes as soon as possible…”
One day during the practice, he suddenly felt a burning hot energy flowing through his veins. Looking at his hands, he saw the runes disappear as if water got evaporated by blazing fire!
The thrilled Kagutsuchi then took off his shirt, realizing all the runes on his body had gone.
Kagutsuchi: Mom, look!
Izanami: This is great. The magic saved you too...You can live as you want finally.
Kagutsuchi: Yes! I did it! All thanks to mom and the magic.
Kagutsuchi then went to the wet market in a good mood. While he was getting groceries, he heard a little girl screaming! Heading over to there, he found her surrounded by a lady and her servants.
Little Girl: I-I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to bump into you!
Lady: How dare you touch me with your filthy body! This is a very expensive kimono!
Kagutsuchi: She has apologized. Stop pushing her!
Lady: S-Sorry! Mercy me!
Kagutsuchi: “Why can’t I take back the spiritual energy like it’s not under control!?”
An unprecedentedly strong energy raced within his veins! In a split second, a blazing flame was ignited all over his body, which couldn’t be stopped by his own will!
The flame then further exploded, burning down the whole wet market.
A headache hit Kagutsuchi out of the blue as he looked at the afire market. Following the pain, a sealed past was gradually revealed——
He had already experienced a similar hellish scene when he was just a little boy…
Kagutsuchi: “Ugh...My head hurts...What’s happening…?”
The memory fragments pieced back together, bringing Kagutsuchi back to the past...
Holding hands, Izanagi and the little Kagutsuchi went to the wet market. Izanagi brought Kagutsuchi to a playground and told him,
Izanagi: Kagutsuchi, be a good boy and wait here. Dad needs to go buy something.
Little Kagutsuchi: Okay! Daddy come back soon!
Kagutsuchi kept waving at Izanagi until his figure disappeared. By then, there were a few kids playing already, and Kagutsuchi went over to approach them.
Little Kagutsuchi: Hello! Um...May I join you?
The kids welcomed Kagutsuchi, who was the first time playing with the others. He usually stuck with his parents and seldom interacted with others, which was why he was thrilled this time.
The kids decided to play soccer.
The agility of Kagutsuchi made him score a lot, which pissed off his opponent. Just when Kagutsuchi high-fived with his teammate, an older boy pushed him.
Kid: Aw, what’s with the fall? I thought you were fast, or did you have wimpy legs?
Little Kagutsuchi: That’s because you suddenly pushed me!
Kid: What? Pushed you? Did I? Ask the people around you.
As Kagutsuchi looked around, no one had the guts to speak out, for none of them would offend their friend for a new comer.
While Kagutsuchi was disappointed, the older boy instigated the other kids to mock him. The louder the tease got, the angrier Kagutsuchi became.
Little Kagutsuchi: “Why did they do this to me? I did nothing wrong...Hot...My body is hot...like a flame burning inside me…”
Izanagi: Kagutsuchi! Stop!
Little Kagutsuchi: NOOOOO——
When the rage erupted in Kagutsuchi, his spiritual energy burst out of him! His hands were ignited at first, and then the fire spread everywhere around him, which scared all the kids away.
Izanagi, who was shopping nearby, sensed the outburst of Kagutsuchi’s spiritual energy. By the time he arrived, Kagutsuchi had already burnt the ground to charcoal.
He went over to Kagutsuchi, who lost focus with mental breakdown.
Izanagi: “Leave this pain and guilt solely to me.”
Heaving a sigh, Izanagi locked this memory up with word spirit spell...The memory had been sealed until the present when the tragedy repeated.
The fear and the guilt broke the seal, bringing the forgotten past back to Kagutsuchi.
Letting out a painful scream, Kagutsuchi burst into tears...
Kagutsuchi: “I was born because mom used the black magic, and it contributed to that tragedy. How come I still practice that goddamned magic! I was wrong!”
The outburst of spiritual energy made Kagutsuchi remember his past mistake, and the guilt made him realize the truth.
As his consciousness returned to reality, the fire on him went out and the wild energy was calmed down. Kagutsuchi then used a fulu to conjure a rainfall, putting out the fire around.
Kagutsuchi: “Everything dad did was just to protect me...Why can’t I understand him sooner…”
At this moment, he recalled what Izanagi had told him when he was in a mental breakdown——
Izanagi: “Leave this pain and guilt solely to me.”
His encounter with Amaterasu flashed acrossed his mind——
Amaterasu: “Your fire is warm.”
Kagutsuchi: “Maybe I’m a monster beyond salvation...but I still have someone who loves me waiting for my return!”
Kagutsuchi: “Right! I need to go back to dad. I need to apologize to him.”
Kagutsuchi made up his mind. When he was about to leave, Izanami and Tsukuyomi came for him.
Izanami: We set off as soon as we sensed your outburst nearby!
Kagutsuchi: Mom...I wanna go home. Let’s stop the practice.
Izanami: What are you talking about! You lost control because you haven’t practiced enough!
Kagutsuchi: Mom! Dad was right. Stop the stubbornness! Let’s go home. Go back to where we belong.
Izanami: No...It’s not my home...He doesn’t love me at all...
At this moment, a pair of translucent hand appeared on Izanami, flinging Kagutsuchi’s grab for her. Taking a few steps back, he saw a spooky figure on her shoulder staring at him.
Not only Kagutsuchi refused to practice black magic, but he tried to talk Izanami out of this. The provoked Izanami then attacked him——
Kagutsuchi: Mom! Stop! Don’t do this!
Izanami’s attacks were intensed as a heavy downpour. Very soon, Kagutsuchi got knocked down on the ground.
Kagutsuchi: “I wanna stop mom...I can’t let her go down this path anymore...I must stop her…”
When Kagutsuchi tried to fight back, he found himself paralyzed! Looking closely, he saw his limbs tied up by a few spiritual energy threads. Meanwhile, Tsukuyomi spoke behind him.
Tsukuyomi: Brother Kagutsuchi, you can’t fight mistress. This isn’t what a good boy would do.
Much as Kagutsuchi tried to get rid of the threads, Tsukuyomi was too powerful. The more he struggled, the deeper the threads bit into him.
As she poured more energy into the threads, they slowly diffused into his body.
Kagutsuchi felt like a cold energy had put off the fire inside him, taking away his spiritual energy as well as his consciousness.
Tsukuyomi: This is my good brother...mistress’s good boy...