The impure Hikari
It’s the duty of every single Wächter to fight for what is good; to protect those scarred with weakness. For this humble purpose they risk their lives and – protected by their element – eliminate the creatures dwelling beneath the red sky – the demons.
From time immemorial the Wächter got protected and lead by the shining light of the Hikari, but even they could not detain that the Temple had to be abandoned and that the seventh Elementary War against the demons claimed its sacrifices.
In this destructive war a new light shone on the dark sky of the battle field: Hikari Akarui Tenshi Shinsetsu White.
Not once did she think of her own advantage, of selfish desires nor dreams but only of her fellow Wächter’s welfare. It is even said that the Goddess of the light blessed her to fight the demons down and win peace for all Wächter.
Selfless White sacrificed her life for this, like innumerable Lichtwächter before her – even though she knew that peace wouldn’t last forever.
But shortly before her death she gave birth to a daughter: a girl as unusual as her mother…with the difference that her singularity was unpopular, even hated – she didn’t fit into the scheme of the Lightwächter.Right at her birth she got stigmatized as an impure; a stained soul. Because of this impureness the Hikari feared that she would ring in the downfall of her family.
To prevent this from happening they decided to condemn the impure Hikari to death.
According to the documents, the girl never lived to see the sunset.
White silently entered the room of her father. It was exceptionally dark and only a flickering candle illuminated the area, throwing its light on the ornamentations of the white pillars creating unwelcoming shadows. The sight itself was really peculiar because her father detested the darkness, along with all its creatures. He sat at his desk which carried all kinds of documents and scrolls that were scattered across it. His posture was strained with his one hand hidden underneath his white bangs. One could easily notice the despair that was obviously written all over his face. White knew exactly why her father was acting this way - after all, it was her fault to begin with. Nevertheless, she did not have a guilty conscience. She had done the right thing at that time and had known this even the very moment she decided to do it. White was still convinced that she had done nothing wrong.
"How could you do this to us - to me?!", he bellowed with a hoarse voice that she had long forgotten. Gently, she closed the door to keep their discussion private.
She did not move any further away from the door, for his enraging temper was far too well-known to her.
"I have saved a life. What is wrong with my deed?"
Her father only stared at her coldly over his shoulder.
"'What was wrong with it'?!", he hissed angrily, completely faced towards her this time. "You have disregarded a direct order from me! White! You have broken one of our sacred rules! You betrayed our family! You do not understand what kind of consequences this girl's survival means to our family! She will cause disgrace to the holy name our family inherits! Even worse, she might even corrupt our family!"
White did not answer and a furious glare was directed towards her. She had already seen this coming.
"I did it fully knowing what consequences there might have been and will be. Nevertheless, I do not regret to have saved my daughter's life."
The man clenched his fist and hit the desk forcefully; the ink bottles on the desk rattled. White did not wince. She was just as calm as she always was.
"WHITE! THIS IS NOT YOUR DAUGHTER! SHE IS A MISCARRIAGE!"
"Your blood and mine flows through her veins. She is a Hikari, just like we are."
He breathed in deeply to control his temper. This time, he could not understand his so often praised daughter. He could not understand how she could still stand over there quietly and even dare to object to his speech. The destruction of the Hikari was not a small matter to dismiss! He reached for a scroll which laid on the overloaded desk, and tossed it to White while he was massaging his forehead. White overlooked the scroll briefly, again without saying a word.
"Take a look at this!" Her eyes immediately trailed on to a photo, and she gently touched the snapshot of her beloved daughter.
For White it was the first time in 16 years that she had seen her long lost child.
A smile began to spread on the Lichtwächter's face; she hid it well in front of her father though. Her beloved daughter really did not look too similar to any Hikari before her: she did neither have the white hair nor the white eyes. But even without these distinguishable features she looked just like her mother whose only 'colour' was white. Her daughter's hair was unmistakably just like hers: the same bangs, the same soft and delicate looking hair. The only difference was the colour since her daughter's hair was hazel; the same face, the same fragile figure. But what struck White the most were her eyes. They had the same colour she had seen in her father's eyes. A deep blue just like the radiant ocean. Her daughter's pure delight and joy for life was written all over her face. How enviable...
But, regrettably, she did not have that special shine, the radiance a "normal" Hikari possessed. She had a different glow. Typical, normal Hikaris radiated qualities like kindness and charity. Her daughter did not. In fact it was quite the opposite - hers overflowed with the zest for violating rules. One could easily assume that her daughter had a bit of a criminal inclination.
"598", her father abruptly said, interrupting his daughter's train of thought.
She looked up.
"Sacred rules. She has broken 598 of them! AND THIS WAS ONLY WITHIN THE LAST 16 YEARS! So many have not been broken in ten generations! We would most likely not even be able to get such an enormous number if we were to add all the infringements of rules our family has ever committed! Are you still convinced that you have done the right thing?!"
She kept silent which irritated her father even more. The number of broken rules did not seem to impress her, but without any doubt these violations were inexcusable. White, however, was convinced that her daughter had a good heart. She did not deserve death, neither then nor now. No matter how "impure" she was.
"Father. If you kill her now, our ancestors would have lost their lives in the war for nothing." Her father winced, but did not answer. White continued.
"The spell I cast upon our enemies 16 years ago is undone. You know just as well as I what this means. The Wächter cannot fight against them alone. They need the light to guide them on the right way. They need my daughter. You cannot find a substitute for her. The Wächter need her for when that time comes!" She walked into her father's direction, penetrating him with her eyes.
"Father, do you want to take the blame for a lost war? A war we've fought for such a long time? A war that we've lost innumerable Wächter to? Do you wish for the demons to wipe us out? I only did what had to be done - for the good of the entire family! If I had not given my daughter the life she deserved, we would be in an extremely dangerous situation. This would not only be our own destruction, but also the downfall of mankind. Do you still claim that you want her dead and wish to take the blame afterwards?"
Both were silent, though White knew she had convinced her stubborn father.
The life of her daughter was protected...for the time being.
She turned around and approached the door, but her father held her back.
"Do you remember that day 16 years ago? The day your daughter's name was decided?"
Of course she did. She would never forget that day. It had not only sealed the destiny of her daughter, but also her own.
"So you do know of the prophecy?" She did not want to recall that event, but of course it was impossible to forget. It was the one thing that made her feel uneasy. But it could not be true. It was impossible. Not even an impure Hikari would do such a thing.
He continued self-assuredly since White did not answer:
"How did he say it again? Wasn't it:
"The impure light will commit an unforgivable sin...its heart will fall for a flawed kin."
...or do my memories betray me?"
White looked at him without any expression and answered:
"…not all of our prophecies become true."
"Pray that this one is wrong indeed, my daughter. Because if it becomes true...if my granddaughter should commit this sin...believe me, I will assign a righteous punishment!
There's always a replacement, even for a Hikari!"</span>