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   Chapter 41 Make a speech

Mending the Shadow By Elria Cortez Characters: 9596

Updated: 2018-12-28 20:39


Kana was ushered to a stage with a dimension of 10 by 15 meters which was erected at the middle of the huge training ground.

On the center are four majestically-looking chairs. The first at the left is vacant, which should have been the place where Akihito should be sitting. On Hideo's right is Kirito, then Kana. Although Kana is the Master-in-line, she is still in lower rank than Kirito as the right-hand man of the current Master. Akihito was standing behind Kana, as an indication that he has been taken from Hideo as her would-be right-hand man.

She looked hesitantly at Ken who was told to sit on one of the chairs where all the family representatives were gathered. They were placed at the front below the stage. Ken was seated at the right corner on the third row. He looked so displeased at his position. In his mind, if something would happen on the stage, it would take him a few seconds to reach her.

One elegant-looking old man dressed in a pair of black suits walked towards the rostrum which is placed at the left corner of the stage. Kana looked at him and at the same time, she was observing the behavior of the people in front of them.

"People of the Yamada clan, good evening." He started with a greeting, and his well-modulated voice resonated through the vast and open-air training ground for everybody to hear.

Suddenly, the merrily noisy and lively crowd became silent that everybody could hear the gentle breeze of the wind blowing through the night.

Kana was caught up in her amazement.

'Wow, this is discipline at its best.' She thought, and roamed her eyes freely among the crowd in a subtle manner.

"We are gathered here today for two reasons. First, to welcome the return of our clan's next Master, Lady Kana Kodama!"

The spotlight instantly focused on her, and she was illuminated like an angel.

Kana was surprised beyond belief, but she masked the nervousness she's feeling with a bright smile on her face.

"Lady Kana, please stand up and make a speech." Kirito said to her, and she felt plastered to her seat.

"Speech?"

'But I wasn't informed that I'll need one!'

Kirito lifted one brow at her. "Don't tell me you can't even make a little speech, next Master?"

She sent him a sullen look, of which he just answered with a grin. However, Kana is not the one who would back down from a challenge. So with a look of certainty on her face and a fixed smile, she stood up with confidence.

The microphone was passed on to her by the elegant old man, and she slightly bowed at him in acknowledgement. The old man showed a look of surprise, and he nervously glanced at Hideo, who kept a straight face. The clans' family heads lifted their brows in displeasure when she did it, while some looked amuse.

The Master bows to no one, except for the Oracle.

But Kana did not know about it. Kirito has an a

Nevertheless, the crowd reminded Kana of a school culture festival.

She inhaled deeply, and when her eyes settled on Ken, she smiled at him. However, it seemed that Ken was looking through her, for he did not even react a bit.

"Good evening, everybody. Ummm, as you may have known already, I am Kana…Kana Kodama." She could hear her own heartbeat due to the silence. Out of somewhere, she noticed a little figure moved, or glided. She squinted her eyes, ad she was almost sure that the figure is that of a lady.

"Tonight, is the first time that I would be standing in front of you as Master Hideo's great great-granddaughter. But with regards to the title of the next clan Master, I-"

A loud bang from an explosion was suddenly heard from the far corner of the ground, causing Kana to pause and the crowd to panic. A commotion has started and people began to run in every direction.

Ken stood fast and he was with Kana at the same time that Akihito reached her side.

Then, some of the lanterns began to explode one by one, causing more upheaval among the crowd.

Kirito was on guard beside Hideo, who remained sitting elegantly on his chair.

"What's happening, Ken?" Kana asked. Ken held her on one hand, and she also prepared herself for some emergencies. Then, Kana felt a shiver coursed through her spine, as if somebody is targeting her, or staring at her with such intensity. Using her trained eyes, she squinted through the crowd. The darkness caused her difficulty to recognize anybody or notice anybody suspicious among the crowd.

Then, as if being magnetically pulled, her eyes settled on a pair of eyes that made her gasp in shock. The lady who seemed to glide among the crowd earlier was staring at her without blinking from one corner of the ground, on the 5th row from the stage.

'How was she able to be this near when she was just at the back of the crowd a minute ago?'

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