Arc 0 "This... 'slide'... it is rather fun..." The petite girl with horns protruding from her head slid down the slide at a playground a few times. She seemed to wear some sort of traditional yukata, which is pretty out-of-place in such a modernized area. She appeared to be some sort of oni maiden. You will not believe what excuse she is about to give. "Miss, what are you?" That was a voice from a taller girl. "I am what I said I was. I'm your... yeah, your imaginary friend. Except I'm really different from most imaginary friends. Well, if you have worries, you can always share it with me, kid." "Actually miss, I'm not a kid. I'm going to be an adult soon. But something's stopping me from doing so..." "Lack of growth hormones? I know how you feel," the oni maiden laughs a little as the two sat on a bench, "sharing your problems with a friend is good stress relief!" "Well miss, it started five years ago when I found a purple mirror. This purple mirror... it came to life, and said something..." "I think I know this," the oni maiden's face appeared more attentive, "continue." "It said, 'if I continue to linger in your memory in your coming-of-age, you will belong to me'. Or something like that. I'm actually kind of afraid, you know. Still believing in those urban legends, and imaginary friends like you... I'm so into it I can actually feel your face..." "Purple... Mirror..." the oni maiden felt a little stunned, "a mere urban legend that may be real. Fret not, I'll do everything in my power to protect you and everything you hold dear. A little pinkie promise?" "Al- wait, you aren't even..." the girl sighs, "it's no use..." "Well, I thought you'd figure it out by now. But looks like your skull is thicker than I thought. I will protect you. That's what I do." Just then, the oni maiden felt something closing in. "If you, mysterious hidden person, are an onmyoji, feel free to reveal yourself." ~~~ Hyakki Yagyo headquarters "We probably shouldn't worry about the Ibaraki-doji venturing outside for a little too long. She may occasionally return with jobs to fulfil," a young man sits around, talking to a few Chochino'obake, "wonder what it will be, this time." "Think she's in trouble?" One of the Chochino'obake asked. "This is Ibaraki-doji we speak of. She is more likely to cause trouble than to encounter it- alright guys, I think it is best if we play a little safe. I'll alert my scouts. Hope she hasn't caused any collateral damage yet."