Talon's Note: (sigh) It's taking so long for me to get anything done thanks
to school and other distractions. (shrug) Oh well. What awaits our intrepid
crew in the next chapter, hm? I guess we'll just have to see, heh...
The Refreshing of Fate
A Love Hina Sequel by MagicianXV and Andrew Joshua Talon
"Mutsumi-chan, Mutsumi-chan," Narusegawa was sobbing, her eyes red as
tears poured down her face. She shook violently, sitting on the surface of
the hot springs patio, in nothing but a towel. She held another towel to
her bosom, covered in ashes.
"Naru! Naru, what's going on? What's-!" Another wail from Naru cut
Keitaro off, the red head burying her face in the sooty towel with choked
sobs. Motoko and Keitaro exchanged looks, before finally noticing what was
in front of Narusegawa.
"... Ashes? What in... What the..." Indeed, a pile of ashes,
unassuming, unintrusive, sat in front of Naru. A small ring glinted from
the dull grey pile, a lithe purity ring that Mutsumi had worn...
"What happened, Narusegawa," prodded Motoko quietly, sitting next to
the wailing girl. Keitaro could only stare at the scene, an impossible idea
starting to form in his mind.
"She-I-We.. We were going into the hot spring, um, and she looked
kind of... uh... funny for a few moments, like she was going to throw up.
And then, she started to smoke and... and... Oh god, oh god!" Naru began
sobbing again, shivering.
"She exploded! She just went fwoosh! And that's... That's all..."
Naru threw herself into Motoko's arms, crying harder. Motoko awkwardly
patted her on her back, alternating between staring at the pile and Keitaro
in shock. Keitaro himself, just... sank to the floor, his eyes locked on
"Mutsumi..." he murmured, barely above a whisper. He reached into the
remains of his friend, his... Well, he really didn't know how to describe
his relationship with Mutsumi. It just... was. And apparently...
He pulled the purity ring out of the ashes, blowing on it. He then
studied it, staring at it from every angle. She'd asked him to help her
choose a ring, that he had gone to buy her for her birthday. And Keitaro
had chosen this one, which had made Mutsumi happy. Well, and Narusegawa
happy too, because that day they'd spent nearly an hour in the jewelery
store and she'd wanted to go home...
"... God... God damnit!" A wave of anger and rage swept through
Keitaro, punching the patio floor.
SMASH! The ex-ronin stared at the place he'd made contact with the
patio. His fist had gone through it. He pulled it back out, staring at his
blemishless hand. How could...?
"Ara, why is it so dark?" Said a small, familiar voice. All three
'mourners' blinked, and stared at the pile of ashes. Something was digging
"AAAAHHHH! IT'S MUTSUMI'S GHOST!" Screamed Keitaro, flipping
backwards and landing on his face.
"DAH! OUCH!" Naru and Motoko stood transfixed, watching the wriggling
pile. After about a minute, a sooty beak poked out of the mess. A moment
later, a head emerged. And, one more minute after that, a awkward, and
extremely ugly bird tottered out of the ashes and blinked large brown eyes
at it's surroundings.
"Ara? Everything's so big, ara..." The bird looked around, then saw
Keitaro lying on the floor. She happily toddled over to the ex-ronin's
side, pecking him slightly with her beak.
"Ara! Kei-kun, ara, are you alright?" Keitaro lifted his head, and
stared into the bird's eyes. She stared right back.
"AAAAHHHHHH!" Keitaro screamed, before his eyes rolled back into his
head and he passed out. The bird sweatdropped, before turning to Motoko and
Naru, both watching the bird wide-eyed.
"Naru-chan? Motoko-chan? Ara, what's wrong?"
Short teaser chapter! Best I can do... Ciao! R&R, please!