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   Chapter 19 No other man worthier

Mending the Shadow By Elria Cortez Characters: 9621

Updated: 2018-12-18 15:07


"I killed your family."

Kana could not believe what he said. Her family died because of arson, as it was stated on the police report. Besides, when she was training as a Shadow, the mentor let her read some of the records to make her acquainted with the Shadows' modus operandi.

The death of her family was not a case assigned to the Shadows of the Wind. It was an act by another organizations who were just paid to kill people. Unlike them, the Shadows only accept assassination tasks upon confirming that the person is really involved in illegal activities, particularly government officials who are not serving the country as they should.

Her family did not belong to any government office. She knew and could remember that they were wealthy then, but she knows that her parents were born wealthy and they have a large span of land. Also, based from the Shadows' records, she has learned of her family's roots.

But Kana was not so into family-related issues, especially the past issues. She is living in the present, and she does not dwell in the past. She knows that she is, in fact, a member of the royal family, but she has no desire to be acknowledged as such. She just want to live her life the way she wants it to be, and be with Ken, for the rest of her life.

"Ken, I don't get what you mean. How could you kill my family when their death was not an assassination ordered by the mentor?"

She looked at him intently. Ken has distanced himself from her, he seated on one chair in the kitchen and placed his elbows on the table, while his hands were clasped in front of his forehead.

"Ken?" She asked, and seated herself on the chair next to him. She was facing him but he didn't turn to her.

"Your family's death…was a result of the mission that we almost failed to accomplish. Because we were not able to do our job on schedule, your family was killed."

Ken closed his eyes, he could still see the burnt bodies of innocent people in that house, and the memories of that mission came flooding vividly into his mind as if it just happened yesterday.

He began to relate that unforgettable incident to her, and she listened to him intently.

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2008. 01.01

It was Ken's first mission as the lead assassin, and his third mission as a Shadow. His previous tasks focused on tracking the culprit or gathering the information. So, for this particular mission, he was so nervous that he couldn't even feel his own feet. Although he is being accompanied by the mentor and two other senior Shadows, he was hesitant to kill a man.

He has been in so many simulations before, as part of the Shadows' training, and the simulations felt real. However, he knows in his mind that on those simulations, he was killing puppets, not real human. This time, he was tasked to kill a prominent member of the cabinet, who was proven to be involved in treason.

lso know that it was you who saved me from that fire. I have nothing but gratitude towards you." She said gently.

Ken could not fathom her logic. 'How could she be so positive and forgiving after that?'

He shook his head, and pulled away from her touch.

"You should not be thanking me Kana. You should be hating me. It was my first mission as an assassin, and because of my failure, your family-"

"Ken! You saved many children on that same night. Are you telling me that you regret saving those children?"

He was silent for a couple of moments, for he knew the answer to that. She understood his silence, and she touched his face again, forcing him to meet her gaze.

"Ken, you saved me. There is no other man who is worthier to be my bodyguard than you."

She has spoken with truth, and she knows that her emotion was already overflowing from her heart that time. For all those times, she didn't know that Ken was constantly blaming himself for her family's demise. She should have talked with him sooner. She has wanted to make him whole, for she knows that he was broken when Yuki went back to her family. But she didn't realize that deep within him, he was already broken before, not just his heart, but his whole being.

As she looked at his haunted eyes, the solemnity of his azure orbs clutched at her chest, making her ache for his happiness.

'Ken, you are such a pure soul. No matter how tainted your hands could be with people's blood, your soul remains pristine.'

She pulled him closer to her chest, letting him feel how much she feels for him, how much her heart beats for him, and how much she really loves him. She murmured words over his head.

"Ken, don't let the past haunt you. Let it go. Live with the present."

'Live with me.'

She has wanted to add, but she knows that Ken's wounds are not yet completely healed. She has to be patient in mending this broken Shadow.

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