Chapter Three A Past with Demons?
The attack had come so fast, that it was nearly impossible for Janis to dodge. As the giant weapon plummeted towards her, she jumped out of the way, landing ungracefully on her stomach.
Janis grimaced in slight pain, and again crawled out of the feral monster's path, but she eventually found herself backed into the lofty tree on Kagome's property, just a few feet away from the shed that the monster had appeared from. "No way…this can't be real!" In the beginning, she assumed this was nothing but a stunt, pulled by some tricksters, but as she looked around briefly, there were no others about.
A spark overhead caught her attention, and baffled, she glanced up. A strange spiral of ember twisted and turned above her, and out of the core, a pillar of fire fell upon the Cyclops, burning its flesh.
Her mouth opened in surprise, and she couldn't help but back further into the tree behind her. That didn't just happen, did it? How? As she questioned her thoughts, she noticed that the inert monster that had tried to kill her moments before was now a charred corpse, lying upon the shrine grounds unmoving. With a gulp, Janis hesitantly stepped forward, hoping it wouldn't wake up and attack her again.
Before she could get within a foot or two of it, the monster instantly turned to ash and was carried away by a sudden wind. However in place of the monster, stood a tall figure wearing a mask. This dark figure stood before her, with long reddish hair, probably a part of the disguise, and was cloaked in dark blue robes, with eyes staring at her chillingly.
Unsure of this person and how he had appeared out of nowhere, Janis sidled her way around the tree, though she kept her eyes on the lean figure standing before her.
Looking the young girl up and down, he accessed the scrapes on her legs and arms. "You seem to be injured…"
With his palm outstretched, a bright green light emanated from his hand and shot towards Janis, who had stilled and closed her eyes for what she assumed was a deadly blow. However, there was no pain and instead she felt a warm tingling sensation enveloped itself around her.
She opened her eyes and inspected her injuries, only to gasp when there were none. But how did that happen? "No way! The pain…it's gone?!"
"I'm glad it's not serious…Daughter of Kamui," he voiced, and at the mentioning of daughter, Janis blinked. "Then again…you're just an ordinary human now. Even a demon as weak as that one is deadly to you."
With irritation, Janis planted her hands firmly onto her waist; she was already well in front of the tree. "Hey! Just a minute! What are you saying? Demon? What do you mean?"
"You just saw one," he replied nonchalantly.
Janis narrowed her eyes, remembering the ugly, frightening monster moments ago. "I-I guess…but this is still a dream, right?" How could demons exist? That was just impossible. And this weird guy, who was he? Someone must have been pranking her.
"No, you were not dreaming. You were attacked by a demon, and I rescued you." It was as simple as that.
With her head in her hands, Janis couldn't help but believe him. He had to be real. This had to be real. A couple days ago, she dreamt of someone calling out to her, and it must have been…that guy…and then this happened… "How can this even be possible?" She glared at the quiet man. "Who are you?"
"People call me Monk Sen."
Janis pondered. So this guy was a monk? Did monks still exist? What was up with his outfit? "A monk? So…are you a Japanese exorcist?"
For a second, he mused over her question. "Someone who vanquishes demons…I guess you can call me that."
"I see…I still can't believe any of this is real," Still a little hesitant of her rescuer, Janis took a couple steps towards him, though she made sure to keep some respectable distance between herself and the strange monk with mysterious powers. "Anyways, thanks for rescuing me."
"Why did you come to this Shrine?"
"Why?" She questioned. "I came to visit a friend." Yet she never expected the Higurashi's to keep a strange looking monster locked in their shed or for any of this … strangeness to unravel upon her visit.
The monk stepped back. "Kagome Higurashi is not here, and she hasn't taken ill either."
At his words, Janis couldn't help but step towards him. What? Kagome wasn't sick? And she wasn't home? So, she was skipping? But she didn't seem like that type of girl at all, but then again, Janis didn't know Kagome that well, so who was she to judge?
Watching the mixed emotions upon her face, Monk Sen turned his back to the school girl. "Kagome is waiting for you on the other side, so is your…fate…" With that said, he vanished, leaving Janis to stare at the shed before her in disbelief.
"He…disappeared?" Janis stepped forward, walking on what remained of the splintered door and entered into the darkness of the shed, though she was still wary. "It's pitch black…" As soon as her eyes adjusted to the darkness, she noticed a well centered in the room just below the steps she stood upon. "What about this well?"
Lightly, she descended the creaking stairs and stood peering down into the darkness of the well. Below, she saw remains of skeletons, and a horrid feeling washed over her, though she tried to ignore it. "I have to go in there…how creepy… he said…Kagome is waiting on the other side." What did that mean? Kagome wasn't at the bottom, and there was no way a well could just transport you to some random place. "So…if I enter the well, I can see Kagome?" That was a strange thought, but Monk Sen said she was waiting.
Janis pondered to herself. What could it hurt, jumping into a dark well that supposedly led to her friend? Propping her leg over the rim, she sat upon the edge, her eyes still peering down into its darkest depths. "I guess I can give it a shot…after all, this has to be a dream." And if it was a dream, there was no way she could get hurt if she hit the bottom. Normally when she experienced dreams, where she as the protagonist fell from incredible heights, she always woke up before impact. With that thought in mind, she leapt off the edge and into the abyss below.
Unfortunately the well was no mere illusion and nor was this a dream, because the moment she jumped, she hit quite hard, but she guessed she should have expected something like that to happen. "Ow…I knew it!" She grumbled, before picking herself up from the hard soil while inspecting her scraped knee. "He lied to me!" Not only was this not a dream, but Janis had expected something magical to happen, as in the well suddenly transporting her to wherever Kagome was waiting, but nothing happened.
Perturbed by this, Janis glanced at the remnants of bones scattered along her feet before grimacing. Looking around, she realized she had fallen quite a ways down into the drafty well. Stone walls encased the small space she stood within, and she squinted through the darkness in search of something to pull herself out. Now what would she do? Considering that she had intruded upon Kagome's family's property, she couldn't very well call out for help. What would her mom or grandfather think if they found her down in their well?
Immediately her eyes fell upon an old wooden ladder lying innocently against the wall, with cobwebs forming around the base and up the length. Though, upon seeing this, Janis was stumped. A ladder? Why it was there, she had no idea, but it seemed durable enough to hold her weight. Thankfully, climbing it wasn't an issue, and as soon as she grasped the rim of the well, she heaved her elbows upon the wooden surface and released a sigh. Appearing out of nowhere, a masked face suddenly startled her, and she nearly fell back with a start. Fortunately, she steadied herself just in time. "M-Monk Sen?!"
Hovering over the well and leaning in towards her, mere inches away from her face to be exact, Monk Sen regarded her, though it was impossible to see what sort of expression he wore. "I almost forgot…I'll have to give you something from that world…"
Recollecting herself, Janis couldn't help but stare at him with curiosity. "Eh?" Before she could ask what he was saying, the monk drew closer to her, and shocked, Janis closed her eyes. There was a brief moment when she felt him place something into her hair, mingled with the sound of her heart thumping deafeningly in her ears.
Opening her eyes, she was about to ask him why he had placed something into her hair, but she was suddenly and once again baffled when he placed two fingers upon her forehead. Before she knew what to expect, he flicked her forehead, and the sheer force of his strength made her lose her grip. A scream escaped her when she found herself falling back into the well, only this time, the ladder was well out of her reach.
Monk Sen's face, still peering over the edge, suddenly disappeared, and the well house she had been in moments before, vanished in a swirl of blue lights which wrapped around her. She was falling, but not falling. It was more like she was floating on by as bright lights zipped passed her, and this new light embraced her warmly.
Eventually, the colors disappeared, and Janis found herself back inside the well, staring up at the blue sky gaping. The well had powers? But, how was that possible? At first she wasn't able to successfully get to the other side because she thought it was a trick, but then Monk Sen…Janis felt her head for anything Monk Sen might have placed in her hair, and when she felt something like metal above her right ear, she pulled the said object out and examined it. "Oh…how beautiful!" What she held in her palm was a pink butterfly hairpin, and it was lovely but exotic. Did this help her pass through the well?
Noticing a thicket of vines protruding from the top of the encasement, Janis climbed all the way to the rim and settled herself onto the grass beside it. From her seated position, she looked around, and instantly she realized she was no longer inside the well house, but instead she was in a forest. "Where am I? I was in that Shinto Shrine just a few minutes ago, but now…it looks like I'm in a completely different world. What's going on here?"
Deciding to get to the bottom of all of this, Janis pulled herself up and after dusting off her gray skirt, she looked around. Everything certainly looked different. Off into the distance, she noticed a familiar, tall lofty tree, and it was the one she recognized on Kagome's property. Maybe Kagome was just ahead?
Pushing branches away, Janis hurriedly ran towards the giant shrub. Birds chirped and sang, and butterflies fluttered around the flowers nearby. Perhaps there were people who could help her out, and maybe she'd get some information about her whereabouts.
After trudging through the thick forest, Janis finally stood in a small clearing, and it was there that she stood before the massive tree. Of course, her reason for stopping wasn't only because of its size, but because of a certain, familiar monk that stood waiting, and watching.
"So…you came," Monk Sen voiced. "I've been waiting for you."
Janis was about to open her mouth and ask where she was and why he just pushed her down without her permission, but she didn't get to, because he interrupted.
"This is not your world. This is the world your people call the Feudal Era. And though it seems you have yet to come into any danger, I'll tell you this. Demons still exist."
Wait. What? This was the…Feudal Era? Wait, no the Sengoku period of ancient Japan? The Warring States Era? "Huh?" She couldn't believe it. And, to top that off, there were demons? Her teacher didn't specify that there were demons during that period in their text books. "How can that be?" She questioned. "This can't be real." Annoyed, she reached into her pocket and grasped her cell phone. "I'm not sure who you are, but I'm calling the police. I have reason to believe you drugged me or you kidnapped me!"
Monk Sen said nothing, but instead watched at the pitiful maiden pressed the strange buttons upon her small mechanic device. He saw her expression sour, and her mouth open with irritation. "I told you, you are not in your world no longer."
There was no cell reception, and if that wasn't bad enough, the battery was running low. Were there no towers nearby? Growling at this, she returned her cell phone to her pocket and pointedly glared at the strange monk. "I can't just believe I'm in some other world, because that's impossible! I don't know what sort of trick you're playing on me, but it's not working! Now I demand that you take me back!" There wasn't even a sign of her friend, Kagome anywhere.
A moment of silence fell between them, with Janis's glare remaining firm. His quietness unnerved her, and she wondered if she had angered him, but she didn't care. This was either a kidnap, or a dream. She refused to believe that some old well containing magic powers brought her here, when in truth, he could have drugged her.
"I speak the truth…was the demon before not proof enough?"
Janis gulped. She had to admit, it seemed real, but how could that even be possible? Then there was that fire and the corpse burned into ash, but that could have just been some sort of illusion. "I'm telling you that it's not! What do you want?"
Monk Sen sighed and with a flick of his fingers, two giant clay giants appeared in front of her. "Daughter of Kamui, these are Shikioni, and they are yours for now…they will protect you from the dangers of this world,"
Untrustingly, she stepped away, still eying the strange objects. "Dangers?"
"I had hoped you'd have realized, but it seems you'll need more convincing…You reside in the Feudal Era, and it is here that you are needed. But know this; learn to protect yourself quickly, because I can't always come to your aid…"
Janis gasped when he yet again vanished into thin air. "Learn to protect myself?" She stared up at the giant clay dolls standing before her. They were Shikioni? With a sigh, Janis decided she was alone in a strange world. An idea hit her. She could just go back to the well and then she'd return to Kagome's shrine. That would work, right?
She turned and ran through the thicket of trees again, but as she did, her large strides decreased, so much that she found herself walking, her head turning to look around her. For some odd reason, Janis couldn't locate the old well, and if that didn't displease her, it was the loud stomps from those moving mechanisms behind her. "Stop following me!" She darted in a different direction, but again, no well, and more following. "Can't you go bother someone else?"
When the walking mechanism failed to listen to young Janis, she soon gave up. It seemed she was stuck with them, for now at least, only until Monk Sen returned, and then she would return them. What mattered most was locating her friend Kagome, but searching through an enormous forest like this, made the task quite difficult.
She sighed. Surely there had to be people around that could help her, and since she was in an Era of demons, finding a town or even a road was unlikely, very unlikely. It was bad enough that there was no cell reception, so that left her at a disadvantage.
Pushing through the deep foliage and over scattered tree limbs, the young girl caught sight of smoke up ahead, above the trees, which in turn brought a smile to her face. Where there was smoke, there would be people.
A path formed from the trees, and Janis found herself walking away from the wooded area and into the stretch of land ahead, where she saw an alignment of cherry blossom trees cross her path, and the structural wooden huts of a village on the other side. She was almost there, but as she walked down the dirt path, she couldn't help but feel a sense of De Ja Vu overtake her.
Down the path, a young man took notice of the young woman, dressed in an odd fashion with a peculiar hair color that caused him to pale at the sight of her. There was no mistaking it. A demon had stumbled out of the Forest of Inuyasha and upon his humble and small village.
Noticing that she was no alone on her small trek down the trail toward the village, Janis suddenly stopped. Her eyes locked with a the young man, very obviously staring back at her. 'There's someone! Maybe he can help m—'
In that instant he fled from her, a startled and terrified cry resounding from his throat, that it caused the young girl to blink in confusion. Whoever he was, his legs sure did carry him quite quickly back into the village, and it was enough to leave Janis feeling a little perturbed at the rude welcoming. "Hey!" Janis raised her fist exasperatedly. "That's really rude running away from me like that!"
What was up with those funny clothes he was wearing?
Janis paused for a moment, her thoughts lingering back to what Monk Sen had said to her. 'Monk Sen said something about the Bone Eater's Well being a 'gate that links worlds through time,' So could it really be possible…
Well…there was only one way to find out.
Okay…I know I haven't updated in a while, and I apologize. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if some of my readers have given up on this fanfiction since it has been a long time since I last updated.
I was sort of focusing on my very first fanfiction, "Finding A Place In Their Hearts," because I realized that working on two separate fanfictions would be pretty challenging.
Not sure when I'll update for sure, but I hope you enjoy this chapter.
Also, I am following along with the game, but as you can see I have made a few changes to the story.
I really wish there were other fanfictions out there that had Janis as the main character…but sadly there aren't any. And I had wished to be the first to complete a fanfiction with her, but...at the moment, it might be a little challenging what with life being thrown at me these days. :P
Until next time, hopefully.
Hope you liked the chapter.