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   Chapter 31 Where she rightfully belongs

Mending the Shadow By Elria Cortez Characters: 9552

Updated: 2018-12-25 10:26

Kana looked aghast at Akihito. Did she just hear it right? He was definitely asking her to marry him. She eyed him, searching for humor in his words and expression.

But he was dead serious.

Kana laughed. She found it hilarious.

Akihito's expression did not even change after her laughter died down. He just continued to look at her. When she stopped laughing and wiped the corners of her eyes, she cleared her throat and regarded him with a serious look as well.

"I didn't take you for a man who would like joking, Akihito." She said

"I'm not joking, Lady Kana."

"Seriously?" Kana felt a cold shiver ran through her spine. She eyed the room silently, seeing that the only exit is behind him. She knows for sure that if ever she could go out of this room, those men would come to take her back.

'Play it nice, Kana. Make them believe that you can be trusted.'

She smiled at him.

"Akihito, sorry but our age difference is almost double." She said, stating the fact.

Akihito shrugged his shoulders.

"Age is just a number Lady Kana. Besides, if you worry about my virility as a man, I guarantee you that I can keep you satisfied."

Kana felt nauseous at the sexual innuendo form his words. She couldn't see herself be touched by him, by anybody other than Ken.

"Akihito, you just want to be the leader of the clan, right?" She said straight, and he did not pretend to be surprised by her blunt statement.

"Indeed, Lady Kana. There is no other way but to make you my wife and sire my children who will possess your blood."

He said it so casually that Kana looked at him sharply.

She could tell that the small needle that she kept hidden on her kimono's obi hasn't been taken out. Maybe they thought that it was just a pin and a part of the kimono.

"I am not interested to get married to anybody yet, Akihito. I am only 21 and will just turn 22 in just about 2 months. I'm too young."

She wanted him to relax for even a little so she could make her move when he least expects it.

But she could tell from his appearance and the position of his body that he was not letting his guard down on her at all. He was cautious at her, maybe because they knew that she was also trained in the Shadows.

In the first place, how did they know about the Shadows still needs to be revealed.

"Lady Kana, you are just in the proper child-bearing age." He said simply, not taking his eyes off from her for even one second.

She was getting too much annoyed. This man could only say things that is related to sex.

"Akihito, if you let me go now, I will forget about this incident, and I won't even mention this to my grandfather."

She changed her tactic. If diplomacy would not work, she could try to threaten him.

Akihito let out an evil smirk on his face, the first human-like expression he ever exhibited since they started talking.

"Lady Kana, the only way you can go out of this room is if you agree to marry me. I won't take no for an answer."

"If I don't agree?"

She was contemplating on possible scenarios.

'Would they really kill me if I try to fight them?'

The way he looked at her from head to toe made her think of a hungry dog that has just seen a dangling meat on the streets. She felt her stomach churning in both disgust and fright.

"As much as possible, I don't want to resort to…force, Lady Kana. It would be such a shame to even think of you being hurt and ravished…"

Her eyes grew wide at his words.

'Was he planning to force himself on me?'

She clenched her fists, looking at him with disdain and hatred.

"I'd rather die than to let you touch me, Akihito."

She then moved.

She was at the door as fast as the wind, but she felt his hands on her waist. With the training she had, she immediately kicked him and his hold on her loosened. She took the needle out from her kimono, and was ready to inject it upon him when he suddenly tripped her over by using his foot.

She fell on the floor, and within a split second, he was on top of her. She was trained, but Akihito's strength as a man has overwhelmed hers.

His full body weight was too much for her to bear. He sat on her legs, so that she couldn't use them to kick him anymore while her hands were pinned on her sides.

When he leaned close to her, she spit on his face.

The murderous look he threw her made her so frightened for the first time in her life. She braced herself for his strike and closed her eyes but nothing came.

She began to scream wildly.

"Help! Help! Somebody-"

She flinched when she felt a sharp sting on her neck. She then realized that he took the needle that she was holding and injected it on her.

It was a potent drug to make somebody fall asleep as soon as it was injec


But Kana has a tolerance on the drug up to a certain point. But it left her weak, and dizzy.

She laid on the floor, devoid of all her strength.

"Ken…" she whispered.

Akihito then stood up and scooped her in his arms. She was placed on the futon at the tatami floor.

She then saw him took off his shirt, revealing a hairy and muscular torso and chest. He then kneeled down beside her, with a mischievous grin on his lips

"Don't worry Lady Kana. Since this is your first time, I will be very gentle to you."

'Ken! Help me, please!'

Her mind began to get cloudy.

She felt him began to remove the first layer of her kimono. She wanted to fight back. However, she did not have any strength to fight him off. Yet, her hands moved restlessly in a vain effort to thwart him from defiling her.

"No…don't touch…"

She mumbled the words that her mind was screaming.

She felt the cool temperature in the room when she was left only with her flimsy camisole. Akihito seemed to like what he saw, as he stopped removing her clothes and just stared at her, his eyes darkening with built-up desire.

"You are indeed beautiful, Lady Kana. It is my pleasure to be your first man."

He said appreciatively. The evil smile on his lips was replaced with a passionate twitch.

She looked at him with half-lidded eyes. She could not fight the sleepy feeling anymore.

'Oh God, Ken!'

Before she closed her eyes, the last muddled image she saw was Akihito's face leaning closer to her. Then, everything turned black.


Ken felt cold shivers ran through his spine, as if somebody close to him needs him desperately.



He looked at the time, it was now almost noontime.

'If Yuki is in danger, the Mentor will let me know.'

'Kana is safe. She is being treated well in her clan for sure.'

Yet, his heart has been restless for a couple of hours. Since he reached the large gate stating that it was the end of the Yamada estate, he has been fighting the unknown force that wants to pull him back then.

He and Kirito have a clear understanding when they talked that night. He will not let any harm befall on Kana, until they identify the person who wants her gone.


"Please sit down, Mr. Inamori." Kirito said, it was past 11:00PM when he was summoned to his chamber.

Ken glanced around the simple room. It has no other furniture inside than the table and chairs, and the elegant chandelier at the center of the beige ceiling.

He settled himself on the chair opposite to Kirito, near the door.

"What is it that you want from me, Akatsuki?" He asked.

"Why don't you join me for a drink, first?" Kirito was drinking a Japanese sake, and he offered a glass to Ken.

Ken just looked at the glass.

"I am not here for that." He said, turning down Kirito's offer.

Kirito wasn't the least bit bothered by his rejection. He seemed to be even expecting it as he put the bottle down and gulped his remaining drink.

He then looked straight at Ken.

"I will go straight to the point, Inamori. Leave Kana here, where she rightfully belongs."

Ken was expecting it, but he did not show any emotion to the man who could bring harm to Kana.

"I cannot do that."

"Do you love her?"

Ken did not expect the question, it threw him off quite off the track but he immediately recovered.

"It doesn't have something to do with love." He answered.

Kirito chuckled hoarsely.

"As I figured. I have you both investigated, and I know that you have a special woman already, named Yuki Iguchi."

Ken's eyes narrowed into small slits, but he held himself and did not say a word. He must know what are the other information that this man has on him and the Shadows.

"How did you know about us being the Shadows?" He asked, because Kirito stopped talking, as if willing him to speak what's on his mind.

Ken found him to be a calculating and cunning man.

"Well, your reputation precedes all of you." Kirito stood up. He reached inside his pocket and threw a small micro recorder on the table in front of Ken.

Ken took it.

"That is the only thing that has the information of all the Shadows. I got it from my men of course. Unlike you, the clout of Yamada clan is all over the country. We know every piece of information that this country has. Including your organization."

Ken took it, and with the force of his thumb and point finger, he crashed it into smaller pieces.

Kirito smiled knowingly.

Ken stood up.

"Kana is being targeted. I believe that the person is somebody in your family." He said, realizing that Kirito is a man who could be trusted. He gave him the only information he has on the Shadows for Ken to earn his trust.

Kirito's brows furrowed deep.

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