Unknown space, undetected.
The atmosphere looming inside the grandiose hall was no joke. The pressure were multiplied in many folds that make Cygne tremble hard. It is not because of cowardice but the natural instinct of the body he was in.
A cat that resembled a fox was shining brightly with blue hues and serenity of the night appeared into thin air and... was kowtowing in front of the God of the Eternal Night, Hades.
The waves of power coming from the shuddering body of Moonlight was making Cygne gasping for air because of the tension and pressure it's giving to his body. It's a lot weaker than the one who's sitting on the throne but Cygne still find it difficult to breathe in.
According to the ancient records, many version were created to spread popularity and prestige to the one God governing the death. Among them was what the human most likely to refer to, the God of Eternal Night, Hades. The perfect image Cygne has in mind. He's aloof yet exuding ferocious power that hunts the prey he locked his eyes on to. His power was even greater. Eerie and serene. Calm yet dangerous. He's like the calm before the storm.
Seeing that the Hades was looking seriously to the headache Moonlight, Cygne was having a lot of thoughts while his body was still shivering hard and a drool coming out of his mouth. Hades noticed this and expanded his aura to where Cygne was hunching to protect him from the impact of Moonlight's power.
Cygne looked up as his body slowly calmed down with a dumbfounded face. He is amazed and frighten. If happens to be that this God has an awful character and a very little patience then who knows? He might already been at the lake to the afterlife. His thinking was interrupted by Moonlight's tantrum.「"Your majesty... Hiik! I'm sorry! I-I didn't! Oh! Spare me!"」
「"You little fool! Who said you can deal with souls? You want to die?"」
「"N-ooo! I wouldn't dare---"」
「"YOU JUST DID!"」
Clashes of aura resounded inside the dome or more likely to be Hades beating up Moonlight one sidedly. The thunderous roar made thousand of lightning outside the dome as streaks of light brightened the place like the sun risen in this land for a moment. Cygne tidied himself, wiping his drool and standing up with a woobly knees.
At that moment, Moonlight's eyes fell onto Cygne. It's golden red vertical slit retracted into the smallest as it glowed blue.
Afterwards, killing intent flowed out of him but quickly broken by Hades releasing his authority. Immediately a loud noise was heard as Moonlight's body was flung left to right repeatedly like a pendulum. The brutal and barbaric action was made without having to lift a finger or bathing an eye. That's how powerful Hades is. His eyes were fixated on Cygne that meets his without trembling anymore.
「"Lyxander Guilts. You are at fault as well. You abandoned your world."」
"I'm no longer needed there."
「"How would you say so?"」
"That's... New sprouts needs some time to shine."
Cygne, no, Lysander Guilts smiled as if he had reached the peak of his life that made Hades frown.
「"Then why did you wishes to be taken away in expense of your life?"」
"Oh? That? To have the time of my life. I thought by doing so, I'll be reincarnated into a baby and turn old. I didn't expect to own a body this way."
「"Heh! Although heroic, the probability was too much you can afford thus I put you in Cygne's body! You must be grateful to me!"」
「"Stop being noisy Moonlight or I'll cut that tails of yours."」
Moonlight immediately shut up and his shoulder drooped down with his ears withered but what made Cygne flinched was the vicious words coming from the calm HadesᅳBut he is silently cheering for it as well to get back to the scamming bastard. Then he flinched again upon meeting Hades's eyes.
「"You can't do what you wishes to do but rather I can give you freedom since this stupid cat made an idiotic deal. But you still have to help to balance the good and evil to this world or else it will be fallen like any other worlds."」
Cygne immediately envelops with silence upon hearing Hades. He thought he could have the chance to live his life yet he was transmigrated into another world that needs saving. He couldn't understand his feelings that rousing up from his heart and as if Hades could feel his worries, he spoke up.
「"You have to kill. You have to judge life. You have to walk the path of darkness. You have to be resolute and firm. That's what I instill in that child's mind and body."」
"I thought you are righteous and calm but I think I judge you wrongly."
「"Oh? How would you say?"」
"You can't just judge life like plucking a flower in your garden who doesn't suits your taste. Everything holds a meaning and, memories are what making them unique. This is something they can call their own that symbolizes their life. That they existed."
「"How dare you lecture me about life?"」
Seems displeasured about the sudden statement, Hades focused his gaze toward Cygne who looked back at him eye to eye. His lips twitched from amusement. It looks like Cygne gained a little immunity from his aura."It is because you higher existences has no feelings that you think of everything with pure rationality. But did this had come to your mind? A small weakness can be your greatest strength. The restrictions and emotions you instilled on humans made them stronger."
「"Sometimes having no emotions can be your greatest defense. Brat, you really has a strong guts huh? I'm impressed. But I can't comply to you not participating to what I laid for that child. The moment you possessed his body, you are obliged to do the things he left."」
Cygne immediately frown while thinking of things that will compromise to his situation right now. Like a light bulb, his face brightened and with a Pon sound made by his fist into his hand he look at Hades with a warm smile."Moonlight scammed me so I should have the rights to refuse my current situation. The original owner of this body ran away because you are so rough on him! But if my selfishness will brought some unknown harm or chains of misfortune I will step up. I'm not that stone hearted person anyway."
「"Good choice. If you stick to being stubborn, I have extracted you out already at that precious body and sent you straight to Tartaros."」
The temperature went down and a chilling sensation wraps Cygne who flinched from the outcome he would be in if he didn't comply to the God. Although he is not aware of what it is like, by basing it to the legends he knew, he got an inkling what place it is.
Tartaros was a place to all criminals and souls or beings who did something unjust or affected the peace of the universe. Anyway, after all, it's a God he is talking with. Even though he was a hero, a God was far from his capabilities to go against with ᅳ battle and power wise at the least.
Moonlight who got no permission to butt in was filled with amusement and curiosity at Cygne or more accurately, Lysander. That overwhelming confidence and lack of fear was something that caught him and to be able to talk with his God, Hades, to an equal like a friend talking about the latest released of their favorite game was astonishing that made his ears perk up and tails waggling from excitement.
"But I won't completely do everything you wishes. This is my new life afterall. I wish to live the way I want it as well but I won't neglect the fact that this body have a role to attend to. If you may, can you explain it thoroughly so I would grasps the extent I needed to be in?"
It's like a switch from casual talking to noble manner, Cygne flawlessly ask Hades to brief him more about the things he should do and what state he is in. It's more like demanding him in a respectful way.
Hades didn't retract his chilling aura and started talking about the responsibility he made for the original owner of the body to carry.
「"As I said, I designed a path for that child to maintain the balance of this world. If it didn't go as planned, the balance will be lost and the world will fall to chaos. What a clichè isn't it? You ran away from your world who gave you the duty for salvation and yet you come to this world just to do some heroic deed but not to give you hope. This time you'll be the villain instead. You are given a cruel ending as if a duty befitting of the lineage serving me."」
"What the.... Being a villain will attract unneeded enemies. No. Not going to happen. And is that really you have to be proud of? You are leading your followers to doom!"
「"Ahem! What is more fulfilling reward than welcoming death with eternal freedom?"」
"I don't know if you are being driven at this by your lack of empathy or what but to us death was something frightening but yes not to deny it, it's truly fulfilling..... to some. ᅳ I'll not be a villain. I'll be handling things in the dark while living my life. I stick to my words so you don't have to worry that this world will meet its end. Because this will be the world I'll be living in from now."
With eyes full of determination, Hades didn't reply immediately. Instead, he sighed a long one before looking at Cygne with tired eyes.
「"It is my fault for pushing everything to that child and giving a duty of being the bad guy. But that was what everyone perceives when they heard death. Even if I regret it right now, there's no turning back time. It's a irrevocable rule that mustn't be broken. But, Lysander Guilts, I shall give you the fate of the world as someone who owns the body of my greatest child that called as Grim Reaper. I beg you, save this world."」
With a gentle apologetic smile, Hades truthfully relayed his true feelings that made Cygne smiled in return. Although this God has a very short temper and sly personality, he still care for this world and habitants. Cygne could not help to think that this God was not being true with his feeling and as to not embarrassed him, he silently nod to answer this responsibility given to him.
「"Heeey! Is that mean I'm okay to go now?"」
Moonlight who was being ignored bravely asked that made Hades turned his head at him to focus his killing intent that made Moonlight faint with foam coming from his mouth which Cygne just shrug about thinking that it was what Moonlight deserves.
「"Ahem. Thank you for complying and I'll take your request as compensation to Moonlight's action. I'll also give you gifts and someone to support you as to show my favorable affection towards you, as a child of the God of Eternal Night. We'll meet again in the future and I hope by then, it was not your end I will see. Farewell. May the Peace of the Night embraces you." 」
Before Cygne could reply, his body became heavier and he feel so sleepy then his vision turn black.
Inside his room. When Cygne opened his eyes, he was on his bed and the room was dark. Maybe because the interior was not that bright and literally have the contrasting color of black and red, it gives off a gloomy atmosphere but somewhat quiet and peaceful. Cygne or rather Lysander not find it scary as he had dealt his fair share of 'fear' when he was young. For a couple of minutes, he stared at the ceiling while contemplating what he had just talk with the God of Eternal Night, Hades. It really was unavoidable even if he doesn't want to get involve but, if the world's peace and order will depend on his involvement then, he have no choice but to do what he must. Cygne was not an idiot to blatantly expose himself as an antagonist to invite enemies before him. He wanted to enjoy his life as much as possible so he was carefully concocting a plan for the future. That is where
The Scythe of the Night.Cygne gulped as he read the description that almost swallowed half the book.『 ➢ The most ancient family in the land. The Night Family was located at the Southern part of the Kingdom of Lumineᅳentrusted to guard the South doorway. The current head, Grand Duke Cain Adam Night is a relative of the royal crown. Wed with the most beautiful lady in the Luminus Empire, they are blessed with two daughters and a son. The Night was a direct descendant of the God of the Eternal Night and revered as the strongest bloodline within Lumine...』A lot of things was listed. Lineage. Founder. Previous Head. Relationship with Hades. Political strength and affiliates. But Cygne just flip the book to obtain knowledge like he usually does when he needed 'power'.'Could it be... Night? Direct descendants of the God of Eternal Night..
Night's mansion, underground prison.Within a cell that have thick metal bars which is too much to lock a normal human being, a lone man was standing with his arms crossed. He got a neat black hair that almost reach his shoulders that cleanly being tied to emphasize his clean face. It was attractive and any woman will turn their heads for second glances. His height made him more majestic and most of the people look up to him as a God but he is farther from the statement. Young ladies to married woman, they are dazzled and love him to the point of confessing and asking for his hand in marriage. It brought a great scandal to their kingdom but later on subsided when he himself got married.In this place that several grounds beneath the estate, many chambers was created to hold prisoners that had made grievous sins. There is two people being locked on the cells that's facing one another. And in that, the m
Cygne's room, end of the corridor on the second floor. Cain's gaze landed to the blood that have been spilled on the carpeted floor with traces in the sheets of the bed and the doctor's white coat. Instantly his aura surrounded the room and servants gasps for air. Even Kirsten flinched from the sudden chill. He rarely see this kind of him. Although they are now can be called as family, he just couldn't blame this weird of a friend of his that when comes to his closes people, his reserved and calm aura left him. Cain remained standing at the entrance and did not go inside. He doesn't know what exactly this emotion that is swelling inside him was but, he categorized it as something he doesn't want to feel. It's making him weak which is not acceptable for a Night to feel as they are the ruler and the hand that balances good and bad. His brows furrowed like he couldn't understand. His facial features gotten refined from flexing his facial muscles tha
Second basement level underground training grounds. "Ha!" "Your pose is awkward!" "Acck! Huup!" There was a lot of shouts and screams that filled the training ground that is located at the second basement level of the mansion. But, one distinct voice was silently being suppressed to not attract attention. The person intentionally endure not to scream or shout from the immense sparring he is in right now. Precise. Fast. Cruel. There is no softness in every strike and the attacks are getting heavier and sharp at each round. "Ack--!! Haa.." "Tsk...Hmm... Groan." But his efforts are for naught because pitying gazes are gathering with him at the center. Cygne can only click his tongue inwardly.&nbs
Night's mansion.Pant. Pant.A young boy was running across the mansion in his tight black fitting clothes. His arms and legs were being wrapped with a few weight bracelets that weighs 20 kilos each. All in all he was carrying 80 kilos plus the 20 kilos belt hanging in his waist, 100 kilos."Goddammit! Huuuu!"It was his tenth lap and his legs was already shaking from the tremendous weights he put on him. It was a miracle that he hasn't fainted after doing this ridiculous idea he put himself into a week ago.It is indeed definitely made him fainted the the very first day. After that, he didn't give up after a few fainted days he barely passed out yesterday and today he have a feeling that he wouldn't be waking up from another place.The young boy Cygne was running around the estate
❝Looking around, darkness can be found. Murmurs getting loud but not clear enough to sound. Trying to move but chains were clashing in every move. Why does the body tied? Planes are clearer to feel yet far to grasps. Aura's clashing like violent storms and yet calm voice reverberated in the room. One question remained in mind. "Why am I here?❞ --- Before the sun peeks at the world, there was a lone figure who's jumping from trees to trees. It was so soft that no one will be able to notice. The figure was draped with black from head to toe and in its waist was a chain with two sharp sickles. It move nimbly and dodged the needles effortlessly. After shooting three needles, the pursuer dash to its right and threw a dagger. The figure leap in the air and maneuvered its body sideways, making the needles and the dagger passed through each other with the figure in between. <
Cygne was being overwhelmed by the loud voice that is ringing inside his head. What more, the voice was so similar to someone he knows very well! • Oi brat why aren't you saying anything? Are you ignoring me? "..." • Oho! You have the audacity to feign ignorance you little brat! Look! Look! Tch. "..." Cygne doesn't find the words to construct a response to the voice that is more talkative than his brain. It's too ridiculous hearing those words from the voice he is very familiar with.Because of this, he couldn't grasp the situation that he was in. The innermost part of the cave was deep and dark. No luminosity was present to give light and fully see the wholeness of it. But Cygne proceeded to move