Mayukichan in Dark Ages
"Love comes with fate.... Feelings shown.... Only too
A crystal night sky, a
ribbon sky sprinkled with the diamond stars laced Temuair that night.
Strands of crimson hair danced gently in the cool breeze. A pair of
shimmering blue eyes gazed at the lonely moon. A young woman dressed in
Suomi Hauberk Armor clutched a jade necklace close to her heart. The
light of the moon reflected a shine off of the peculiar markings on her
forehead. She stood on the edge of the tall hill with a tear in her
eye. On that night, a lonely and cold warrior stood wishing for something
that would not come. A silent tragedy only known within the very depths of
her soul. Thoughts of the past flooded her mind as the full moon shined
down on her. She had come a long way ever since she had arrived at
Temuair. This strange new land had changed her somehow, and she knew it
Her name was Mayuki, but
her friends called her Mayukichan. She had grown to become a young, and
beautiful warrior. Many men had graced her with charms and gifts, but the
sheer frequency of these events have driven her to accept no one. At least,
for now. She would wait for that special someone. That day would
come, when they would walk past each other on a dirt road, and turn around to
catch another glimpse. Then, they would stop and smile. From there,
the fairy tale would begin and take off into a wonderful dream until the
end. However, for now, Mayuki would wait for her unknown love. He
was out there somewhere, unknowingly looking for her as well. Fate would
bring them together, it was only a matter of time. And Mayuki would wait
for him as long as she lived... Hoping that he would find her...
"Only true love may break the
tardiness, and live long with happiness..."
Mayuki was born in Mileth
years ago. She was just a normal village girl spending her days doing
chores and dancing around the trees in her spare time. This girl was the
brightest of smiles wherever she went, and she brought her smile to warm the
days of her fellow villagers. Always very curious, Mayuki explored
constantly. She went into dangerous places and brought home many trinkets
and other "treasures" that she found during her "quest." Strange, yet
cheerful, Mayuki never got into any serious fights with the village boys and
never really showed any sadness. She was the picture of the cute village
girl and the prime example of innocence.
One day, Mayuki snuck out
of her room and skipped across Mileth. She hopped and danced happily
across the dirt path as she came to the Mileth Crossroads. She put
her index finger into her mouth as she looked at the wooden sign displaying
directions to the East Woods. Mayuki tried hard to remember what path she
"Mmm.... I think its this
way..!" Mayuki whispered to herself.
The young girl dressed in
her village blouse tapped to the path that led to the East Woods. The
journey itself was not tiring for Mayuki, for she was full of energy that came
with a young healthy child. As she walked down that long dirt road, she
was greeted by fluttering butterflies and singing birds of the sky. She
danced with the butterflies and sang with the birds as she continued her way
down the path. The density of the woods started to increase and the
appearance of birds and butterflies dwindled. Mayuki arrived at East
Woods. She stood before many other paths that led off from the main
one. There were many signs that described each path. Though she
couldn't read that well yet, she understood that each path to the east were more
dangerous than the ones to the west. She came to this conclusion after
watching many heavily armed war parties enter the eastern paths and many
individuals or poorly equipped parties enter the western entrances. Mayuki
was in awe as she saw a knight dressed in heavy chainmail walk past her.
She followed the armored man to one of further east entrances. The knight
was too deep in thought in his own affairs to notice the young village girl
behind her. Therefore, the knight entered one of the most dangerous parts
of East Woods. Mayuki was about to follow when an arm grabbed her from
"Ahh...! Let go of me!
Help! Help me!!" Said Mayuki's high pitched-voice.
"Whoa there! Steady young
one...! I mean you no harm!" Said a young man's voice.
Mayuki looked behind her
and saw a boy dressed in a leather tunic wielding a wooden shield and
a small sword with a green handle. The boy looked as old as her with brown
hair blowing gently in the breeze. She blinked curiously at him.
Mayuki forgot about the fear of being grabbed so suddenly and was now full of
curiosity. Strangely, she felt warm inside and could feel blood rushing to
"Sorry to have startled you like that...! Ha
ha ha... But you really shouldn't go with that knight. He's going
off to fight unspeakable horrors deep in the woods. You would only get in
his way if you followed him, or maybe even worse!" The boy said with
Nightmarish visions of
her own death repeled the young girl away from the entrance. Mayuki felt a
chill go up her spine as she imagined some unknown terror striking her
down. She shook her head to get rid of the nightmarish image and
concentrated on the handsome boy before her. Though she couldn't bring
herself to say it, she knew it was the truth. She struggled to speak
steady as she faced him.
"Umm... Erm...! He- He-
Hello...! My na- name is... Is...! Umm...! Mayuki! But
you can call me Mayukichan!" Mayuki stuttered with a bashful
The boy smiled and
scratched his head.
"Mayukichan? That's a strange
name...! Alright then. It's nice to meet you, Mayukichan."
"Yeah...! You too!" Mayuki
"My name is Touyo. You seem to be
lost. What're you doing here anyway?" Touyo asked.
The two got to know
each other very well. Touyo was a beginning warrior building up his
skills in the western parts of the East Woods. Mayuki would go with him to
watch him and cheer him on as he faced vipers and bees amongst the bushes.
Every so often, one would chase after poor Mayuki. Mayuki shrieked in
terror and jumped into Touyo's arms. When she found out that the viper was
going after a mouse in the dirt, she turned bright red and let go of
speechless Touyo. And so were the days of young Mayuki. Touyo
gradually began to show Mayuki how to fight as a warrior. In time, she
gained strength and willpower to face vipers and bees along with him.
Though Mayuki was armed only with a stick and a blouse, she slowly became
more than a match for the inhabitants of the Enchanted Garden. Touyo was
surprised to see her combat skills were as high as his in such a short
One night, the two
stumbled into an unknown part of the Enchanted Garden. The two found their
way to a small glade where nothing but flowers and their sweet smell
dwelled. Mayuki looked around and saw no dangerous creatures in
sight. She giggled happily and twirled around in the open grass.
Touyo searched carefully to make sure nothing was hiding in the bushes to pounce
on them. Mayuki's eyes widened as she saw a group of fireflies glow around
her. The young warrior turned around to see the red haired village girl
dancing amongst glowing sparks of light. His breathe shortened and his
heart beat faster. Perhaps it was the light of the moon shining down upon
her, or maybe the reflective lights of the bugs, but in any case, Touyo saw
Mayuki in a different light that night.
"Mayukichan..." Touyo said under his
For her birthday, Touyo
saved up enough gold to buy her a present. On that faithful night,
they met on a grassy hill overlooking the town of Mileth. Mayuki folded
her hands together behind her back and waited anxiously for Touyo. Then,
Touyo came running up the hill with something in his hand. He stumbled up
to Mayuki with an exhausted expression on his face.
"Sorry... *PANT* I'm a little
late...! *COUGH*" Touyo breathed heavily.
"...? Why are you so out of
breathe? You were in a hurry weren't you?" Mayuki giggled.
Touyo laughed in relief
as he saw Mayuki wasn't mad at him for being late. He held out his hand
"This if for you, Mayuki. Happy
Birthday." Touyo's face turned red.
"Aa...! Oh my...! It's
beautiful...!" Mayuki gazed at the shimmering jade necklace in Touyo's
"Thankyou so much! Thankyou
thankyou...!" Mayuki hugged Touyo tightly with joy.
"Gah...!" Touyo turned redder than an
Eventually, Mayuki sought
to become a warrior like Touyo. She found a warm-hearted knight to train
her and teach her the ways of advanced combat. The young girl was now a
warrior. Mayuki felt a silent joy inside of her. Now she and
Touyo would be together as two warriors... Not separated by class or
knowledge. Mayuki remembered eyes staring at her back when Touyo and
herself were seen together in public. Though they were not officially
boyfriend and girlfriend, she hoped that one day it would become a
reality. However, since she was a warrior she could be with him more
now. When Touyo heard the news he was delighted. At this time, Touyo
had become very efficient with the ways of the warrior. Though Touyo had
advanced somewhat further than Mayuki, the stubborn girl insisted on following
him wherever he went. One day, the two ventured into a new part of the
East Woods. There, they fought together against a new creature...
"Haa..!" Touyo unsheathed his
"Hiya...!" Mayuki unsheathed her
The wolf growled and
sprang into the air with claws and jaws snapping and cracking. In a few
slices, the wolf lay dead in the blood-stained grass. Touyo sheathed his
sword proudly and nodded a job well done. He turned to Mayuki with a
"Aa...!" Touyo gasped as he saw Mayuki
clutching a grave wound in her side.
"Mayuki!!" he shouted.
"Aa... Touyo..." Mayuki's vision grew
Touyo carried under the
shade of a tall tree. Blood trickled down her waist and onto the
grass. Touyo grew frantic, he had not brought any beothaich deums with him
on this adventure. There was nothing that could stop the bleeding
now. What could he do? What would he do? Mayuki grew
"Mayuki...! No...! NO!" Touyo
"Touyo... I... I... Want
you to.... Know..." Mayuki's voice grew weak.
"I love you." Both of them said in
"I know... I always knew..." Touyo
"I'm so sorry... So... Sorry...
I shouldn't have.... Come..." Mayuki drifted away more and
"No...! It's not your
fault...! Heaven help me...! What can I do...?
Please...! Don't die, Mayuki! I love you...! I know it
now...! I couldn't say it before... But... I know
now... Mayuki! Please! Please...! Don't...!"
Touyo's tears dropped freely on Mayuki's pale body.
"I still... Remember... That
night... You whispered my name as I danced... With the
fireflies... I'm glad... You were watching... Don't forget..
Me." Mayuki's body grew frigid and limp.
"NOOO!! MAYUKI!!" Touyo shouted
to the heavens.
"Love is a tragic thought... Feelings
hidden... Battles fought... You loved her... Did you not...?" A
peculiar voice called from the tree above them.
Touyo continued to hold
the cold body of his beloved in his shaking arms. He thought he just
imagined that voice. He stared down at the pale young girl. Her face
had lost the cheerfulness and smiles of the old days. Now it was a frozen
indifferent expression that graced her. Touyo couldn't bear it. He
"Love comes with fate.... Feelings
shown.... Only too late..." The voice called out once
Leaves fell from the tree
and drifted in the calm breeze. Touyo looked up and saw nothing but the
tall tree. He knew he had heard something that time. He scanned his
surroundings but found nothing of interest.
"Who are you...?" Touyo called
"I am the Blessed Fae Tree... Only
those with purest of hearts and boundless love can hear the winds of my
voice... You, young soul... Have these gifts within you... The
love for your companion seeped into the winds surrounding me... I am
filled with your pure feelings of love that enables me to live for several more
centuries. For this... I thankyou..." The Fae Tree
"There is way to revive your lost
Touyo looked up at the
tree with shimmering eyes.
"Anything...! Anything...!" Touyo
"You must give her your pure soul
power. The power will enable her own soul, which longs to be with you, to
return to her body..." Spoke the Fae Tree.
Touyo held Mayuki's body
"I'll do it! What do I do??" Said a
"Patience, young one... The ritual
causes the pure one to give up mostly all of the power of the
soul... In essence, you will be sacrificing your purity and life for
her... She will be reborn without any memory of you and start her life
anew... You will cease to exist... Until one day, when she starts to
remember you... Somehow... Some way... Or maybe not at
all... But if a glimpse of a memory appears within her... You
will instantly come back to this world as you are now... You will also
have no recollection of these past events. You will be as you were before
you met Mayuki... However, there is also a chance for you to regain your
memory as well... It will continue to grow from then on... However
the growth shall be very slow... And will not be able to fully blossom
in your lifetime.... The only chance of her regaining full memory of
your love is when you meet with her again... If at all..." The Fae Tree
"... Mayukichan..." Touyo whispered to
"All of this is by fate. If
you sacrifice your existence... She will be reborn... But
if she does not remember you in anyway... If there is nothing for her
to remember you by... You will never return to this world.... And
forever you shall remain amongst the Blessed Fae Tree's presence...
Longing for your lost love whom never regained recollection of your
noble sacrifice..." The Fae Tree explained.
"I see... But... If
she somehow remembers me... I will be reborn in that
instant...?" Touyo's mind was
"No... You will come back to this
world as you are now... If she happens to be a hundred years old when
she remembers you... You will come back as the young boy you are
now... If she happens to recall someone saving her in some way
when she is five years age.... You will come back just the
same... And if she does not remember you at all...
If the cosmos let her not regain her memories of you kind
soul... You will never come back to Temuair. You will
cease to exist... Now... I ask you, young Aisling... What
will you do...?" The Blessed Fae Tree fell silent.
at Mayuki's pale face. The cheerful light in her eyes were
gone and the life of her flamboyant body had been sucked away. There was
nothing left. He remembered the times they used to dance amongst
the butterflies and sing with the birds, the time when Mayuki jumped into
his arms by instinct from a scary looking viper, and the look in her
eyes when they were alone... The sweetness of her voice called out to
him in his mind. The silky crimson hair that gently brushed against him
when they were in each other's arms... The natural sweetness of
her body when they were close. The beautiful Mayuki had died in
Touyo's arms... He could not bare the thought of
it... He had made his decision.
"Oh Great Blessed Fae Tree...! I
will accept your favor...! Please return Mayuki to this world as a
child so that she may start her life anew as you promised...! I will
shall take my place in your presence for eternity as I hope for
Mayuki to remember me so that I may come back to this
world... I understand that I will not have my original memory either,
but the heavens will decide whether or not we will meet. I have to take
that chance. In either way, Mayuki will have life. And that
is enough of a reward for me."
The wind immediately
started to pick up and howl... Leaves blew violently in the
shrieking gale winds. Lighting and thunder cracked the heavens as the
Blessed Fae Tree spoke:
"Praise the Heavens of Temuair, young
one... For you have been graced by the presence of The Blessed Fae
Tree.... And your wish shall be granted... Take heart...! May
the souls of lost loves wish you luck... As you enter oblivion....
Until one day... Young Touyo.... Where your beloved might remember
your noble sacrifice.... Until then... Brave one... You shall
remain... Within my presence... Invisible to all... Silent to
the world... May the Gods help you... To return again... And
love each other in the end..." The Blessed Fae Tree chanted.
A bright light shined
down from the Heavens and struck the couple. Mayuki's forehead glowed with
different colors as she and her beloved disappeared in the sea of light.
They were engulfed in the brightness of the ray and everything fell
silent. When the light disappeared... The two warriors were
gone... The corpse of the dead wolf was absent. No traces of what
transpired that day remained...
"Mayuki... My love for you is
true... If you don't remember me... I will still be happy that I met
Years have passed since
then... And now Mayuki has accomplished much during her warrior
years. She has become well-known amongst her fellow warriors. Her
cheerful and sweet moods have blessed the many towns of Temuair. Mayuki
has grown to become the beautiful girl that every man dreams to love.
Perhaps it is the strange markings on her forehead that make her stand out from
the rest? So far, Mayuki has turned down anyone seeking a relationship
with her. Those unfortunate men have noticed a light in her eye, as if she
was searching for something that she didn't even know... Perhaps...
There is more to her than what most men give her credit for...
On this night, Mayuki
clutches her jade necklace close to her heart. She senses that
she has forgotten something very important that she should remember. Try
as she may, Mayuki cannot recollect her clattered mind. Confused and
saddened, she travels into the night, unknowingly waiting for that one day when
she will remember... That lost day. Meanwhile, within the East Woods, a sparkle of light flickers from
the trees... As a young soul shifts into the world of Temuair once