I'm really proud of how this is going. I hope you enjoy it too. Oh, and I don't own any of the Takahashi characters, but I do claim ownership of my own and the parts of the plot I created. ENJOY
Bankotsu: The Birth
"Leave now!" a man yelled. He wore armor of a samurai, and looked as if he was in his 30's. He had a semi muscular build, and his long black hair was held in a pony tail. He wore a mustache that fell to his lips, and right above his head fell a long purple stripe that grew shorter to his eyebrows, along with another that began at his chin. His thick eyebrows slanted down in anger as his red eyes stared at a large red centaur with a long white mane.
The man held a large halberd, and was using it to hold of the large demon's club. He parried him off into a large tree and looked behind him to a woman. She was a very attractive and wore a long elegant kimono with many under layers, but the main one was a salmon color with the design of white sea lily's. Right above her eyebrows laid a mark similar to a stretched out "V" with a small diamond shaped underneath. She had black parted bangs and long hair that fell to her backHer bright blue eyes stared intently into his.
"Mitaru!" the man began, "You have to leave now! You have to save yourself and the child"
Mitaru stared at her husband and fiercely shook her head, "I won't leave you. How can you expect me to..."
"Enough!" he yelled firmly. The women stopped. A single tear rolled down her face.
The Man ran to her, "Listen to me my love, this battle our people are trying to win may not be won. We're running out of warriors and the demons keep coming"
"No" she yelled in disbelief, " We are Divine Beings, as long as we stay here we can fight and destroy the demons that plague us"
He shook his head, "I will continue to fight with the remainder of our brethren Mitaru, but you must leave and stay hidden" he placed his hand to her large stomach, "We owe our son that much"
She looked around at the bodies of dead demons and divine beings thrown on the floor, which was once their people's village center. She hugged her husband, fighting back tears.
He tried his best not to cave into his emotions, and gently pushed her away, "Go to the hidden cave at the edge of town" he spoke softly, "I'll find you, I promise"
She nodded, "I understand" and with that she ran through the field of corpses as another centaur ran towards the man. As she ran she stared at the thousands of dead; some of which were people she'd known, but she didn't let this stop her as she continued to run.
The battle continued and the sounds of the clanging of swords, the shrieking of the dying, and the roars of the demons continued to ring out. Suddenly, a large dragon appeared before her and struck her with its tail, she moved but not in time to escape a small scratch on her arm.
She knelt down and placed her hands together, her eyes were closed. Slowly a bright light began to appear between her palms. Eventually, it absorbed her. When she opened her eyes she was laying in a small cave panting. She had lost a lot of energy teleporting. She placed her hand on her stomach. "My son, don't worry…" she smiled, "I will never allow anything bad to happen to you"
She sat alone in the cave listening to the cold silence. After hours of waiting for her love she heard footsteps and caught the aura of the man. Farther off she felt the aura of many demons. "Mitaru!" the man called as he entered the cave. He was covered in blood, but was still standing. He noticed her worried expression, "I'll be fine, but you must leave now"
"What do you mean? Where would you have me go?" she asked defiantly.
"Mitaru, I am the only one left. They will come after me, in fact I know they will. I'm sure you've already sensed the demons" he coughed up blood, "you at least have to live"
Demons could be heard close to the cave. He placed his hands together similar to what Mitaru did earlier except the light came from with in him, and as the light in his hands grew the light that surrounded him (which all Divine Spirits have) began to dim to almost nothing. Mitaru's eyes widened as she realized what her husband was attempting. "Your divine light,? My love why are you…"
He shot the wall at the end of the cave with the light from his hand. The wall began to glow and turned into a type of vortex. " A portal?" she gasped, "You wish me to leave and go to the mortal world?"
He shook his head firm in his decision, "You have no other choice"
She shook, ran to him, and held him fast, "I'll stay and die with you"
He pulled her back holding her arms, "And what of the child? He'll die as well?"
"Then come with us" she asked pleadingly.
"I am the one who has to hold the portal open for you and keep the demons from going after you" he unsheathed his halberd, "Take Banryu, incase they do come after you"
She stared at him in disbelief. Just yesterday everything in her life was peaceful. She would give birth soon, and everything seemed in its rightful place. "Have you forgotten" she started, "If our son is not born here, in these lands, he will not become a Divine Being. He'll just be a..."
"I know and it is a sacrifice we have to make"
The demons were now a few feet away from the cave, "YOU HAVE TO GO NOW!" he yelled.
He pulled her in for an embrace and allowed their lips to meet for a the final time. He pulled away and looked into his love's tearing eyes, "There is nothing left for you here"
Tears ran down her face as the demons were heard just outside the cave. "NOW!" he yelled. He gently pushed her into the vortex right before the demons entered. She saw a mass of demons surrounded him, she screamed his name, and the portal closed.
When she opened her eyes she was laying in a bed, three nurses surrounded her.
"She's awoken" one spoke. A large pain hit Mitaru. "The baby" she thought. She began wondering if the child would be born mortal. "Push" another nurse spoke.
"My son what will become of you?" she thought.
"I see the head" the third nurse began. Mitaru gave one last push, relief. But nothing was heard. "Is he okay. The baby...is he okay" she panted.
"Yes" the third nurse spoke, "...He's...fine" but she sounded confused. The infant giggled with a smile as his chubby fingers found their way towards the nurses hair.
The nurses left the room after the proper process had finished. "The child isn't normal, not a single scream" the first nurse whispered. The second nurse nodded in agreement, "He isn't normal, do you suppose they're demons?"
The first one answered "No, the head priest would have sensed that when he found her"
The third one added, "Those markings on his forehead though, that's not human"
"Should we inform the priest of these happenings?" the second one asked.
"No" said the first one, "lets just see what happens".
"Bankotsu" Mitaru smiled exhausted and slightly defeated, "That shall be your name"
She stared at the markings on his head as it began to glow. "Your mark... on Divine Children it begins to glow at the mother's first touch. Strange yours should glow. I sense no Divine Energy from you" she laughed to herself weakly, "You must have inherited some traits after all"
She placed her thumb gently on his purple cross. Suddenly, flashes jumped into her mind of her son's future, they weren't clear but enough to show her some insight. When she released her thumb, the mark stopped glowing.
She panted slightly and opened her eyes, "You will be mortal my son" she sounded slightly disappointed, "But I see strength unimaginable from any mortal"
Bankotsu grabbed her finger. Mitaru smiled at this, "Your future is very cloudy. This isn't normal for any Divine Child, but I suppose that's normal since you aren't one" she smiled. He placed her finger in his mouth and her smile widened, "Great things will come from you my son. Whether they are good or evil is up to you"