" Kagayaki? Hello earth to Kagayaki??" Her older sister started to shake her roughly. "Hōjō, remember when mother and father would take us to the carnival?"
" Yes, I do."
" I miss them"
795 A.D. ( Past)
Back when Onna was just three years old, tragedy struck. The Empress Of Japan, Empress Mioa was very angry with Naitō's decision to quit being a soldier in her kingdom.
Naitō was one of the most powerful soldiers, he fought with passion, Mioa always loved that about him. She found herself falling in love with him. Falling in love with one of her soldiers was forbidden, but she didn't care! Naitō then fell in love with a beautiful woman named Nakano. He quit being a soldier for Mioa and married Nakano, had three children, and lived a very peaceful life. Mioa was filled with anger and jealousy. She thought to herself " Why would he not marry me? He chose to marry a peasant! "
Mioa had a plan, she and her remaining soldiers went to Naitō and Nakano's house to pay him an unexpected visit. One that would change everything.
" Y-Your Highness! What brings you here?"
" Naitō, pack your things and say goodbye to your family! You're working for me again!"
" I told you long ago Empress, I quit that life long ago"
" Soldiers, grab the children and take them back to the Kingdom immediately! "
Naitō's daughters tried to fight the soldiers but they were too strong! Naitō became furious and started shouting at the soldiers. Mioa started laughing at him. She looked straight at Nakano.
" Kill Naitō's wife."
" Empress! Please don't hurt my wife! Kill me instead!"
" Soldiers, kill them both."
The Soldiers killed both Naitō and Nakano. Empress watched their lifeless bodies lay in cold blood. She ordered the soldiers to throw their bodies into a lake nearby. She now has Naitō's daughters and will force them to obey her rules. A tear started streaming down her face as she and her soldiers rode horses back to the Kingdom. The tears weren't of sadness, it was because she was happy Naitō and his wife were dead.
( 805 A.D. ) Present Day
" Kagayaki? We have to eat dinner now!"
" Okay... "
Kagayaki and her sisters all go downstairs into the dining room area. They all sit down to wait for everyone to join them.
" Hello girls, thank you for joining me for dinner"
" Good Afternoon, Empress."
" Onna. have you been studying?"
" No Empress"
A loud thump was heard across the table. Kagayaki and Hōjō have a worried look in their eyes. Mioa walks over towards Onna and pulls her by the hair.
" Niko, send Onna to the punishment room "
" Empress please don't punish my sister!"
" Shut up you brat! “
Onna kicks and screams while in Niko’s arms, he gives her a hard slap to the face and that knocks her unconscious. Kagayaki furiously walks towards Niko
“ I wouldn’t do anything crazy if I were you brat! You’ll just be making her punishment worse!” The Empress sips her wine and chuckles.
Kagayaki glares at the Empress and goes back to sit down and continue eating while tears start streaming down her face.
Night comes and a distraught Onna walks into the room, Kagayaki and Hojo run over to their hurt little sister.
“ It was awful in there, Niko, h-he.....”
“ WHAT DID HE DO TO YOU ONNA?? I WILL KILL HIM!” Kagayaki yells angrily, clenching her fist.
Onna starts crying hysterically in Hojo’s arms. She calms down to tell them what he did to her. Kagayaki looked in shock at what her little sister had told her. She wants to go to his room and kill him in his sleep
Onna told her not to do anything crazy, but it was too late. Kagayaki stormed into the hallway and kicked the Empress door open, she gave her a disgusted look.
“ I swear on my parents grave, if you had that disgusting man touch my little sister in any way I will kill him and you!”
Mioa started chuckling at Kagayaki. She walked over towards her and then gave her a slap across the face.
“ How dare you come in here threatening me and my servant you stupid brat! If you ever threaten me again I will do worse to your stupid weak little sister! “ she looked her in the eyes with anger.
Kagayaki started to tear up and clench her fist
“ Your pathetic weak mother used to cry like that just before I killed her! You may think you’re strong but deep down you’re just a stupid weak brat just like your sisters.” Mioa laughed at her
“ YOU’RE WRONG! I’M STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU UGLY OLD HAG! IF YOU WEREN’T SO MEAN YOU WOULD PROBABLY HAVE A HUSBAND!
” Kagayaki grabbed the glass from her hand and poured the wine on her. Mioa yelled at her to get out of her room and she did.
“ That stupid brat will pay dearly!” Mioa said as she tried getting the stains out of her kimono.
Kagayaki told her sisters what she said to The Empress and they all started laughing. Hojo and Onna were sound asleep, but Kagayaki was still awake looking up at the ceiling and thinking about when she and her sisters would ever leave this horrible place.
“ Don’t worry Hojo and Onna, hopefully soon we will get out of this hell hold!”