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I can’t seem to leave this story alone.

Nature or Nurture : Omakes


The servants watched in horror as the king, queen, prince, and the entire council dropped dead at the same moment.

No one moved, time stood still, locking everyone in place.

A serving dish dropped to the floor shattering the silence.  Everyone fled in terror, leaving the bodies where they lay.

Deep in the dungeon, hidden behind a secret wall, something stirred.

An egg cracked.



Kyo moved to the door of his cage.  The terror filled scream echoed down the hall.

The door to the room burst open and the girl stumbled to a halt, tears pouring down her face.

“Tohru?!” Kyo gasped, fear running down his spine, “what’s wrong?”

Tohru sobbed and threw herself against the bars of the cage door.  Reaching in she clasped his hand in hers, holding on as if her life depended on it.


“They’re dead,” she sobbed, clutching his hand tightly, her shoulders shaking.  “Akito, Hatori, Shigure, Haru, and Rin, they just dropped to the floor.”

Kyo longed to pull her into his arms and comfort her, he settled for squeezing her hand.  The news of his family’s death left him strangely numb.  He’d hated them for so long, it left an empty feeling in his chest.

“We have to get you out of here!” Tohru gasped pulling away.  She began to franticly search her pockets.  “I don’t know what happened, but they will blame you.”  She pulled a key from her skirt.  “We have to get out before they come.”

He couldn’t believe this was happening.  Tohru stood before him, her wide eyes still pouring tears, but watching him with a determined expression.  “I’ll protect you.” She said.