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   Chapter 23 I’m her bodyguard

Mending the Shadow By Elria Cortez Characters: 9789

Updated: 2018-12-19 15:30


Kana frowned.

'Bride-to-be?'

She was taken aback by the man's words, but she did not let her guard down. She won't be swayed by their words. The only thing on her mind right now is to find a way for her to escape and go back to where Ken is.

'Ken!'

Her mind wandered off to him. He must still be in the hospital right now. He needs her now.

With a resolute look on her face, she turned towards the older man. She doesn't know why but she feels that the older man could be trusted more than the younger man. The younger man has a mysterious impression on him, and she does not want to be involved in his mystery.

"Please let me go. I have to leave here."

Of course, she does not think that they would just easily let her go after capturing her like this. But, it won't hurt to ask nicely. If they won't give in to her persuasion, she would have no choice but to resort to violence later on.

"We haven't introduced ourselves to you, yet." The younger man spoke.

"I am Kirito Akatsuki, and the gentleman here is Master Hideo Yamada."

Kana's face registered an obvious recognition upon hearing the old man's name. Hideo Yamada is the name who controls the government from behind. Although he is a descendant of the Royal family, he was never directly involved in political affairs. However, it can be considered that his political and economic clout is so huge that he could influence the country's decision-makers.

And he is Kana's great great-grandfather.

Kana's face softened, because she was reminded of her early childhood when the old man has treated her with such kindness.

"Great great-grandfather…" she said, her voice was almost like a whisper, as she repressed the emotions in her heart to overcome her mind.

The older man smiled gladly. He nodded and spread his arms in a welcoming gesture to Kana. In a scene that looked like a slow-motion spectacle from a movie, she ran towards his open arms and embraced him tightly.

His warmth and nostalgic scent reminded Kana of her family, and after her much-studied emotion-control, tears streamed freely down her cheeks. She has never felt so thankful to meet the only living family member who she considered as such.

The Yamada clan has many families which are related both in blood and consanguinity, but Kana was never the one interested in such filial matters. Since she was a child, she only has few close friends. And most of them were not part of the family. Since her own family died, she has considered herself solitary. She never wanted to depend on other people, because she believes that she should fend for herself.

The only person who served as her goal to continue moving forward was her blue-eyed prince, Ken. He was her only purpose. She had never once doubted after that fire which took her family away from her that she would meet him. It was because she believed in the red string of fate, and Ken is the one holdin

Kirito is not only mysterious, but he can also be dangerous.

"Mind your words, Shadow. You are in front of our Master, Hideo Yamada."

Ken's eyes turned momentarily to the old man who was keeping his silence. He could feel something in him like the Mentor. He was exuding an aura of authority and power, commanding ultimate respect.

The old man smiled faintly.

"In order to clear any misunderstanding, I invite you two to join us in the hall." Hideo stated, and turned towards the door.

The man in black retreated to give way, and Hideo was followed by Kirito, after giving them a brief and warning stare.

Now, here they are, seated along with these men.

The atmosphere in the room was making the air thick and hard to breathe. But Kana was not the least bit intimidated, for she is here with Ken.

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Hideo cleared his throat, and everybody straightened their back to listen intently at his words.

"All of you here, I would like to announce that my long lost great great-granddaughter have returned to us, Kana Kodama."

His eyes strayed to where Kana was seated, and everyone else's eyes followed suit. She almost cringed at their scrutiny, but she held her place. She met their gaze bravely.

Both Hideo and Kirito recognized her action, and they looked pleased that she wasn't overwhelmed. They have both satisfying thoughts on their minds.

'As expected from my future bride.'

'As expected from my granddaughter who bears my blood.'

"As you may know, I have been looking for her for all these years. Now that she has returned, it is time to proceed with the transfer of the authority."

Ken's face was unreadable, while Kana was in confusion. Everyone else in the room waited in anticipation of Hideo's next words. Hideo spoke again in his authoritative tone, bearing over a century of the clan's command that was vested in him as the rightful head.

"Kana will become the new head of the Yamada clan."

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