The ruler of the Underworld laid down on his silk bed, beads of sweat glittering on his forehead. His black hair clung to his skin and his breath came out in short gasps and something bright white crept through the veins of his neck, slowly creeping up into his face. His black eyes stared at the ceiling, distant and unseeing.
"Majesty." Seth, his personal bodyguard, adviser, and demon, walked up to the edge of the bed, kneeling down and bowing his head in respect. "I cannot apologize enough for being unable to protect you."
"Seth?" The ruler whispered, raising his left hand for the demon to take hold of. "It is not your fault, dear Seth." He muttered, licking his lips. "It was I who left the protection of Hell and got caught."
"That angel, she had a sword I've never seen before. I do not understand how it could do so much damage to you." Seth held on tightly to his hand. "What will we do without you? Without a ruler, war will break out all over the Underworld. My father will take this chance to take control."
His Majesty turned his eyes as if he could see Seth. "I have a son. Born from the womb of a human woman." He coughed, closing his eyes. The white substance had nearly taken over his face. "His name is Kato, meaning pure. Please, find and protect him..." He voice seemed to trail off as though he was struggling to form the worlds. "Protect him until he awakens and can rule the Underworld in my stead."
"A half-human child?" This was news to him. He'd never heard of such a thing. "Of course, Majesty. I will find and protect the boy whose blood runs through his veins that of the Demon King."
"Thank you... Thank you so much." Tears slid down his cheeks. "His mother died five years ago. Such a beautiful and passionate woman. No doubt he'll turn out just like her. He must be suffering... on his own... Help him..."
He held his hand tighter until his breathing slowed to a stop. "I shall protect him." He muttered, placing his hand back on his chest and closing the lids of his eyes. "I promise."