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[Inset left] Kekkaishi
 What do you mean he'll steal the life force of every living thing around him? / I haven't felt anything like that so far... / So, how...
[Inset above 3] Tokimori begins to recount the past...
 I wanted to give everything in this world... / to my child, who was being born
 Back then, I was... / an incorrigible fool / HYUOOO*
[Inset left] The days of Hazama Tokimori's youth
[Title] Chapter 313: Tsukikage**
** T/N: Lit. 'moonlight'
 Over 400 years ago
 So you're the one called Hazama Tokimori...? / I was living the life of a wanderer... / and called upon the castle of the Karasumori clan, who were being troubled by ayakashi
 So another scruffy-looking one has come... / We've had many men who were rumored to be talented, but they were unable to complete the task / You think you can?
 Yes / I, by myself, will be sufficient
 Are those words true?
 This is my precious only daughter, I'm entrusting her to you / Understood / I was told that the one who was being targeted was the princess of the Karasumori clan
 SU* / BERITSU*
* slide / rip
 This won't do
 It is dangerous outside / Please return to your quarters
 She's called Tsukikage, I believe... / This girl... she's beautiful to behold, but perhaps she's a little lacking in brains... / (Handwritten) and after I went to all the trouble of clearing everyone out / Umm...
 I believe it will be alright... / After all, you are incomparably more powerful than those who came before, Tokimori-sama...
 Princess Tsukikage had the strongest spiritual perception in the Karasumori clan
 Well... / A young girl like this wouldn't understand the truth
 If you speak with one such as I, the Lord will scold you / Please go inside / Where are your servants? / Um... / Uhh...
 I want... / to see the ayakashi...
 My... body is weak, so I am not able to go outside very often... / I realize that it is immodest of me, but... / I enjoy seeing strange things like that...
 Could it be that you're the one who's been calling the Ayakashi? / BIKU*
 Umm... / Perhaps I may have asked an ayakashi who appeared by chance to bring other, bigger ones... / HAA*
 Please keep it a secret from my father...
 Tokimori-sama... / Ah, Madarao / Ah...
 It looks like those ayakashi have come / (Handwritten) above us / Shall I eat them? / No, it's fine / More importantly, make sure not to enter the house
 Princess, please close the door and stay inside
 You may look through the cracks / but what you see must remain a secret
 He flew!
 BICHITSU* / BICHITSU*
* crackle / crackle
 You're smaller than I thought you'd be... / GI GI GI*
* grind grind grind
 Well, that's fine
 You... / Become my pet
 Starting tonight, I'm your master / I'd been subduing ayakashi who wandered into the domain immediately surrounding me since I was a child
 Your first job is to gather every last ayakashi called by the Princess that appears around the castle
 Starting tomorrow, bring one each night / That way I'll earn more
 When it's all over, I'll release you... / BATSU* / Now go!!
 HYUOOOO* / Once I make some money... / I suppose I'll go to another deserted area for a while...
 Several evenings passed
 Princess / Surely that's enough ayakashi-watching / How would you like to rest for tonight?
 Umm... / There's something I'm concerned about...
 This girl really isn't afraid of me at all, is she... / What is it?
 It's the extremely... stagnant atmosphere that surrounds you
 There are times father is like that as well, but it's only from time to time
 But you're always like that, Tokimori-sama... / Whether you're laughing or just standing there...
 I don't... / understand what the cause of it is, but... / it must be from anger, or hatred, right...?
 That's... not good... / Sooner or later, you'll be dyed completely black and exhaust yourself
 This woman...
 How... / DOTSU DOTSU* / Impossible! / No one has perceived anything up to now... / except for those with the psychic ability to read inner thoughts...
* thump thump
 I had extreme conceit about my power
 Ever since I first became self-aware, I realized I was different from other people
 I was an orphan, but it was due to the ability I had / So I whiled away my childhood fitting into my surroundings
 I practiced my ability on ayakashi / and didn't open my heart to anyone
 But while I thought my power would be accepted if I could just find a good use for it... / in the end, I was just treated like a monster
 I continued to master my powers... / Why can't they understand power at this piddling level...!!? / but my heart kept getting darker
 I'm sorry... Tokimori-sama... / I've said something to throw your heart into disarray... / BIKUTSU*
 OO* / What a perceptive girl... after I went to all the trouble of hiding it...!!
 Shall I kill her...?
 Calm down... / If I'm swept away by this, I'll fall into darkness all the more...
 No mater... / how detestable I am, I'm still...
 Tokimori-sama.. / You still wish to remain human, don't you...?
 That desire... / to return to your original whiteness... / There's still time
 I... / told myself I'd never tell anyone again, but...
 Since long ago, on occasion... / I've been able to see people's emotion given form
 Yours looks like multiple layers of wet robes wrapped around you... / it always looked so difficult to drag along...
 But a robe... / is something you can just take off if it's too heavy
 After all, unlike me...
 you have... / the wonderful chance to have...
 the whole wide world... / within your reach
 For the first time, I felt accepted / But if the princess hadn't smiled so sadly back then...
 I don't think I would've been so attracted to her
 Before long, the princess became pregnant
 How dare you... / Milord! / How dare you...
 A thing like you!! / Of course, the relationship was severed
 What're you gonna do, Tokimori? / UHI* / You gonna kidnap her? Kill 'em all? / Just forget about that girl!!
 No... / This is fine
 If we just leave it alone, my child... / may succeed the Karasumori house one day
 And the child's parents are Tsukikage and myself / His power and lineage will both be perfect
 But... / we need more
 In order to grant the child which would be born yet additional power... / I exhaustively researched all kinds of forbidden and secret arts
 The Karasumori castle is near a shinyuuchi... / We'll use the power of the land!
 And then... / OOOOOO* / we waited for the time to come
 GORO GORO*
 KATSU* / PISHAAN*
* thoom / crackle
 And so... the child was born / But... um / isn't it normal for a parent to want his child to have lots of things? / But there's a limit to that
 I couldn't accept myself... / On top of that, I wanted to take revenge...
 The cost was high
 The first one to die was the child's mother
[Inset left] Continues in issue 33
[Inset right] What's the reason behind Princess Tsukikage's death!?
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