Author: Yuki Myco PM
Fusion of Negima and Inuyasha. Inuyasha world, Inuyasha story, Negima characters. Mainly KonokaSetsuna. Partly NegiAsuna, ManaKaede, SayoKazumi, YueNodoka, and others. Warning: Shoujo aiRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Setsuna S. & Konoka K. - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,815 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 18 - Published: 12-30-05 - id: 2726577
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Disclaimer: I do not own the rights, characters, or story of any of the series.
Warning: This story contains shoujo ai (girlxgirl romance). So if you don't like the idea of romance between two girls then stop reading now.
Author's Note: The prologue was basically a retelling of how Inuyasha and Kikyo first met. There were modifications and additions all over the prologue since I thought it would help establish the past couple better. For the most part, true Negima story and bits won't start to pop up until later. But to make up for that almost all the characters will retain their Negima personality. So I hope nobody is too mad about that.
Cast list (New):
Kagome- Konoe Konoka (Called Konoka).
Kagome's grandpa- Konoe Konoemon.
Kagome's mom - Konoe Eishun
Sota - Narutaki Fuka and Narutaki Fumika
Sango- Kagurazaka Asuna
Kaede- Minamoto Shizuna
OC- Asakura Kazumi
OC- Tatsumiya Mana
OC - Nitta
So with that out of the way, here is chapter one!
Chapter One: Feudal Fairy Tale Beginning
"Shikon no what?" asked a young girl. The young girl wore a normal modern high school uniform, and held in her hand a replica of the Shikon no Tama.
"It's called the Shikon no Tama. You should remember it since it has a great historic story behind it," replied an elderly man. He had a long white beard, bald on the top of his head, and wore typical priest clothing.
The two people were inside their home discussing the latest thing the girl's grandfather wanted to sell. Today he decided that young people would like to buy replica key chains of the Shikon no Tama. It was a round jewel, about the size of a golf ball, which was a solid purple color. The young girl wondered whether people would even take a second look at it.
"Long ago there was a priestess named Minamoto Konoe. She was a powerful priestess with extraordinary abilities. She is unrivaled by today's standards for a priest or priestess, and back then she was just as equally unchallenged. One day, she was charged with the duty of protecting a sacred jewel, the Shikon no Tama, and she did a fine job of it. She continued to protect it until her dying day. Now the jewel has been missing since her last day alive, but some speculate that her duty to protect it was so great that she took it to the afterlife with her."
"Konoe…so does that mean she's family?" asked the young girl.
"No, Konoka, she isn't. Our family name Konoe and the priestess Konoe have no connection. But on a relevant topic, you were named after the first child of our family name. Meaning the first girl of the family was named Konoka Konoe."
"I didn't know that. But speaking about me, you do remember that tomorrow's my birthday right?" inquired an eager Konoka. Her grandfather shifted slightly, and began pulling something from out of his robes.
"Well I was planning on giving you this tomorrow, but I guess one day early wouldn't hurt." He pulled out a packet of cards and handed them to Konoka. "These are some Tarot cards I've been waiting to give to you on your eighteenth birthday."
"Thank you so much Gramps!" Konoka gave her grandfather a strong, joyful hug. "I think I'll go try them out right now. Where's Fuka-chan and Fumika-chan?"
"They should be playing outside. But Konoka." Her grandfather quickly added the last part to stop Konoka from rushing out the door. Her feet were already outside the room, as she turned her head to look at her grandfather. "Don't tell them a bad fortune. Even if the cards tell a troublesome future, please, just lie to them. They're still children after all."
"No problem. See ya."
Centuries before the modern-day Konoka was born, before her family ancestors had set up her family shrine, and before the Feudal Era of Japan had come to a close, lived a village. This village was a normal village. Most villagers were farmers, but a select few were priests and priestesses.
The village was constantly being bombarded by demons and monsters that came to feed on the villagers or their crops and animals, and the priests and priestesses there were always to chant a giant barrier around the entire village to prevent the creatures from entering. They only needed to keep the barrier up until the demon exterminator tribe would come and lay waste to the demons. This was a rather simple task that all the members of the village had grown accustomed to. Today they were under a typical attack of demons.
Outside the village lay a great tree. Its height allowed the tallest branch to overlook the entire village. On that tree, lay a young girl. She was bound to the tree by an arrow through her chest, and showed no signs of movement. She had been in that position for thirty years now, and the only person who could remove the arrow had been dead the day she was bound. The forest that this great sacred tree was in was named the Forest of Setsuna.
"There you are, Fumika-chan. Where's Fuka-chan?" asked Konoka.
"Nee-chan, nee-chan! I told her not go in, but she did it anyway!" said Fumika. Fumika was a young girl with her hair neatly placed in two buns on either side of her head.
"She went to the dried-up well to bring out the ladder."
"What do you need a ladder for?"
"We wanted to climb up the big sacred tree, but there's nothing for us to hang onto so we were gonna use a ladder to get to the branches."
"Alright, then let's go get that ladder."
"Really? You're not gonna tell Tou-san on us?" asked Fumika, amazed at her older sister.
"Nope. I'm gonna help you two. Come on Fumika-chan, let's go help out Fuka-chan."
With Fumika holding onto her older sister's hand, they walked together to the room that contained the dried-up well. When they reached the entrance Fumika let go of Konoka's hand and gripped the edge of the door. She showed no signs of wanting to go further, as the atmosphere of the room scared her.
It was a dark room, with only a small candle as a source of light. Cobwebs had taken residence here long ago, and foreign objects were scattered all around. This would make an ideal location for a ghost to haunt.
"Fuka-chan, where are you?" Konoka called across the whole room. She received no response. Konoka took a few steps in before yelling out, "Fuka-chan, are you in here?" No response.
Konoka went to the candle light, and took it in her hands. She used its glow to illuminate small parts of the room at a time, as she explored the small room to find no sign of Fuka anywhere. The only place not checked in this small room was the main feature of the room: the well.
She went to the well, and tried to illuminate it with the candle, but the closer she brought the candle to it the more wildly it flicked. Once she immersed the candle inside the well the light went out completely. The sudden loss of light startled Konoka, and she accidentally let go of the candle, as it plummeted down into the depths of the well.
"Hey Fuka-chan, are you down there?" called Konoka. I hope she didn't get hit by the candle.
"Konoka-nee I'm over here," said Fuka. Konoka turned to the source of the voice to find Fuka outside the room with Fumika.
"Fuka what are you doing out here?"
"What? That room is scary. There's no way I was gonna go in, and stay there."
Konoka sighed at having explored the whole room, just to find her younger sister outside the whole time.
She took a single step from the well before she could feel something grip her. On her right shoulder, Konoka could feel somebody's arm, then another arm on her other shoulder, and then two more on her elbows. Each arm had a strong hold on her, and they all simultaneously began pulling her. The arms quickly overtook her, and pulled her down; plunging her downwards, to the bottom of the well.
At the bottom of the well was not what Konoka expected to see. The dirt that she knew existed at the bottom was only momentarily there as she plummeted, but as she got closer to it, it vanished. The whole well vanished.
She was engulfed inside a blue liquid. It wasn't water, because she wasn't drowning at all. She found she could breathe normally. This magical substance was all around her, and nothing else was in sight.
Konoka still had arms gripping her, and when she looked at her shoulders, she saw human hands gripping them. Her kidnappers were humans pulling her through an unknown substance.
"You…You have the sacred jewel…Give it to me." A voice hissed behind her back. Konoka tried to resist the arms, but they still had a strong grip on her. The more she resisted, the tighter the grip became.
"Jewel? What jewel? Who are you?"
"Shikon no Tama…Give it to me," demanded the voice again. All the arms simultaneously turned her around, and Konoka was face-to-face with her kidnapper. It was a half-human, half-centipede creature. It had six human arms, and had a female human body above the torso, the bottom half was nothing but centipede feet that stretched for meters.
It looked at Konoka with expressionless human eyes. Konoka continued to try to resist, but couldn't break free. As she struggled, the centipede creature extended another of its human hands to Konoka. Its hand made its way to Konoka's cheek, which it cupped. It slowly slithered itself down her neck, down her chest, and stopped at her abdomen.
A bright light erupted from Konoka the moment the creature's hand made contact with her abdomen. It overwhelmed the creature, and soon its hand had severed and was sent flying into the distance. The creature screeched in pain, and flung Konoka away from her.
When the creature had let go of her, the bright light intensified, and the magical liquid vanished. She was temporarily blinded until the light went away. She opened her eyes soon afterwards, and found herself back at the well. The dirt had returned, and she was now laying on it. Dazed, she wondered about what just happened.
Was that all just a dream just now? Konoka thought. She turned her head, and found that the severed centipede arm lying right next to her. She yelped at the sight, and scooted away from the arm. No, that really just happened.
Konoka stood herself up, and looked up at the top of the well. It was a long distance to climb, but luckily there were vines growing from all sides of well edges. Up I go, I guess.
In the village with the attack of demons, stood many priest and priestess chanting to keep their barrier from disappearing. Demons and monster would ram their whole bodies onto the barrier, but they would only bounce back. Each demon tried with all their might, but the combined chanting was too much for them.
"Minamoto-sama I can't keep this up much longer," said a young man. He looked weak, and his chanting was steadily softer and slower.
"Alright, Nitta-kun take Seruhiko-kun's place, and get some rest Nitta-kun," ordered an authoritative miko. Immediately her words were obeyed, and a man took the young man's place, as he left to rest in his home.
The miko continued making rounds throughout the perimeter of the barrier, making orders to relieve someone as she saw fit. She stopped her duty when she felt someone suddenly tap her on her shoulders.
"What do you have to report Asakura-san?" asked the miko without turning around.
"Sorry for the delay, but it'll be a while before the taiji-ya will be showing up. But to your behalf, their reducing their payment for today," said a young kitsune kunoichi.
"That's not good. Most of my best priests and priestesses have exhausted themselves and are resting right now. I don't know how long the village can keep this up. Go inform them on our condition, and have them come here as quickly as possible."
"At once." And without another word the kunoichi vanished.
The miko took a look outside the barrier, and saw the Great Sacred Tree in the distance. Curse you Setsuna. If it wasn't for you Konoe-nee would still be here, and none of this would've happened.
Konoka looked around all her surroundings, and didn't recognize anything. She was in a forest filled with wildlife, and none of it looked familiar. She was walking through the forest when she found the first thing she could recognize: the One Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree.
It was a little shorter than she remembered it, but it still looked the same as always. I must be near my house if this tree is here, Konoka thought. She approached the tree expecting to see Fuka and Fumika playing nearby, but she saw no such thing. Instead she saw a young woman.
The young woman was on a side of the tree with her eyes closed, as if she was sleeping. She was about her age, and had long black hair that was tied to the left side of her head. She wore red robes, and carried a sword on her waist. Vines had grown all around the young woman.
Is she…dead? Konoka rushed to the body and examined her closely. She found that an arrow had pierced her chest. She cupped the young woman's cheeks into her hands, and felt faint heat from them. She's still alive.
As she left her hands there, Konoka began to feel more heat emanating from the young woman's body. Soon the young woman opened her eyes for the first time in thirty years. Her vision blurred at first, but soon began to focus on the person in front of her.
"Konoe…chan…?" her mouth whispered no louder than a breeze.
"Huh? You're awake?" asked Konoka, unaware that she just spoke.
"You…you're back…" her words were slow, but they were steadily increasing in volume.
"Back? What do you mean?"
"Huh?" Who is this person? Why is she acting like she knows me? thought Konoka. She quickly removed her hands from the young woman, and began to back away. "Just stay right there, I'll go get something to cut the vines around you."
Konoka began running towards the forest to find a blunt object she could use, but she never made it that far. Soon after the beginning of her dash she found her shoulders and elbows gripped by familiar hands.
"Give me the sacred jewel…" hissed the familiar centipede creature's voice.
Konoka screamed as she tried to break free from the creature again. This time the creature was more knowledgeable of Konoka, and quickly revealed a less human face.
The creature opened her mouth as far as a human could, and then even farther than that. Soon vicious fangs erupted from the human teeth, and she sunk her fangs into Konoka's abdomen.
Konoka screamed in pain as bits and parts of her flesh were torn from her abdomen, and as the creature hurled her into the air. In mid-air, a solid purple jewel erupted and shot out of her abdomen. This was…inside of me?
Konoka landed back near the Sacred Tree where the young woman watched the entire scene.
"Are you okay Miko-sama?" asked the young woman, with apparent worry in her eyes.
"I'm alright, but what was that? Is that the Shikon no Tama?" she asked, as she slowly stood herself up. Her feet a little wobbly, and her clothes soaking in blood from the wound.
"Yes, and that creature will use the jewel soon. Miko-sama, please release me and let me protect you. I probably don't deserve it, but I don't want to see Miko-sama get hurt anymore!" pleaded the young woman.
" 'Miko-sama'? Why do you keep calling me miko-sama? Please stop calling me that. My name is Konoe Konoka."
No, this isn't Konoe-chan, thought the young woman. But she looks so much like her…
"I understand, Konoka-san, but please release me quickly. Believe me when I say I want to protect you. I vow to protect you for as long as I live. Release me before the creature hurts you again," the young woman urged.
"How? I can't cut the vines with anything."
"The vines I can cut myself. I need you to pull out the arrow for me. Do that and I can protect you."
For the first time, Konoka noticed that among all the vines surrounding her there was an arrow piercing the young woman's chest.
"Please pull it out for me," she pleaded.
As the last word escaped her mouth, the creature had devoured the jewel, and let the jewel's power course through its body. It morphed from a half-human, half-centipede creature to a full centipede demon. The human skin ripped itself off of her, and was replaced by a dark, rough skin. Her human eyes were changed to a large demonic red set, and her human fingers melded into single sharp claws.
It charged swiftly to the two girls, and wrapped its lengthy body around the tree, crushing Konoka and the young woman together.
"Please pull it out, I beg of you."
"Just pull out the arrow right?"
Konoka squirmed out an arm from the ever tighter, constricting hold the centipede demon had on them. She quickly placed her hand on the arrow, and began to pull it out. Konoka used all her strength only to make slow progress. As Konoka concentrated all her strength on the arrow, it began to shine. It shined blindingly bright, and shattered to pieces.
Setsuna had been released.
The authoritative miko saw a bright light coming from the Forest of Setsuna. It glowed brightly, and she recognized that it was under the great sacred tree. What has happened there? She wondered.
Outside the barrier, the demons were still attacking. As they all charged for the barrier once more a large metallic boomerang flew through the air. The size was as large as an average person, and each little edge of boomerang was razor sharp. It sliced all the demons that it came in to contact with and returned to the hands of a young woman.
"Sorry for the wait Minamoto-san, but I thought I would bring one of my pupils with me. She slowed us down a little, but I hope by not too much," yelled a tall woman. She had long black hair flowing down, and tanned skin. She wore a traditional taiji-ya uniform, and behind here was a young girl wearing the same uniform.
"I'm very sorry, Mana-sensei," apologized the young girl. She had twin ponytails with bells attached at the root of her hair that flowed down past her waist.
"You're just in time Tatsumiya-san and Kagurazaka-san," replied the miko.
"This won't take long with the two of us," Mana said to the miko. She then addressed to her pupil, "Ready Asuna?"
And the two taiji-ya charged into the demon infested grounds, their weapons ready to exterminate them all.
Soon I can go investigate the light, and confirm whether or not that light had anything to do with Setsuna. How I hope that my suspicions aren't correct. We'll need all the help we can get if she was released. The miko thought.
The moment Setsuna was set free from the arrow she gripped her sword, and unsheathed it. She slashed through the vines, and easily cut through all the demon flesh that constricted them.
Konoka fell straight down to the floor, while Setsuna landed upright, a few meters from the tree.
"Do not worry Konoka-san. With Yuunagi in my hands I won't let any harm come to you."
At that moment, Konoka truly felt safe.
The centipede demon backed away from Setsuna briefly, and it began to glow an eerie red. Its whole body had a coating of the red glow as the pieces that were previously severed reassembled itself back onto the demon. It had regenerated right before her eyes.
The demon lunged its whole body towards Setsuna, with its now claw-like arms ready to slice through Setsuna. Setsuna stood there for a moment, but then leaped into the air. She went higher than a normal person could, and landed nimbly on top of the demon's head. She plunged Yuunagi through the back of the demon's skull, and descended; slicing as much of the demon as she could in one motion.
It didn't scream or show any signs of pain. It still swung its claw-like arms at Setsuna as if unaffected. Setsuna took a strong blow to her ribs and was knocked back a bit. Afterward the creature stood motionless.
Again, the demon glowed red as it reassembled itself.
My attacks aren't working on it! How am I supposed to defeat it if it'll just regenerate again? Setsuna cursed herself for not having miko abilities. If I could see the jewel I would pull it out in an instant, and then I could destroy this demon with ease. Wait…Konoka-san was able to pull out the arrow before. Only a priestess of extraordinary skill can do that. Maybe she can…
"Konoka-san! Do you see a bright light coming from the creature? If you do, tell me where it is!"
The twin pony-tailed taiji-ya fell to the ground when she saw the last demon slain.
"Phew, that was a lot of work. Right, sensei?" asked the taiji-ya to her teacher. She inhaled a large breath as if she was holding her breath the whole time.
"You need more training if you thought that was tiring," replied the teacher calmly. "We can start with you carrying all our equipment back to the village."
Shortly after the last demon fell, the young kitsune kunoichi appeared before the authoritative miko again, and reported on the news. Afterwards the miko ordered all priests and priestess to drop the barrier, and they all gladly obeyed.
"Now Asakura-san, I need you to tell those two taiji-ya to come to the Forest of Setsuna. I'll already be in there, and make sure they come ready to kill. You'll be done for today after that," said the miko.
And within the blink of an eye the young kunoichi vanished to carry out her orders, while the miko gathered a quiver of arrows and her bow.
Konoka was puzzled at the request of the young woman. She could see a bright light coming from the demon for a long time now. It was surprising that the young woman couldn't see it.
"I do. It's at its tail!"
And without another word Setsuna went straight to the tail end of the demon. The creature was still regenerating and was an easy target for her right now. She readied her sword, and cut the tail end of the creature.
Shortly after it had severed, the portion was snaking its way back to the main body. Setsuna quickly began cutting through the tail again, and again. Getting the pieces smaller and smaller, until she could see the jewel cluttered in with some of the demon's flesh. She quickly reached for the jewel, and pulled it out of the creature. The moment she did the red glow disappeared from its body. The creature wailed in pain as it now couldn't finish recovering from its wounds.
Setsuna charged in and made lightning fast swings at the demon; each swing resulting in a portion of its body falling to the ground. The creature made one last screech from its severed head before the entire body turned to dust, leaving its bones as remains.
Setsuna fell to the ground, exhausted from her battle. All my strength still hasn't returned. I can't…keep my eyes open… And Setsuna closed her eyes, as her body slowly drifted to sleep.
Konoka rushed to her fallen savior, and knelt down beside her.
"Hey, are you all right!"
Setsuna responded with light breathing that signified she was still alive. It was strange that she didn't notice it before, but up-close Konoka noticed just how beautiful this young woman was. Up-close, she could see how full and inviting her lips looked…
"There you are!"
Konoka turned and saw a woman in priestess clothing.
"It's just as I feared. Setsuna has been released," she whispered to herself. "You there! Stand back from that creature. It's not safe being so close."
Konoka was confused as to what creature she was referring to. The centipede demon had been slain, so what other creature was there?
The miko pulled an arrow from her quiver, and readied it on her bow. Konoka realized what her target was.
She quickly shielded her sleeping savior with her body, and held her tightly.
"What are you doing? Stand back. I'm trying to save you from her."
"Save me? But she's the one who saved me from the centipede demon. I won't let you hurt her." Her grip on the young woman tightened.
At that moment, Konoka wished for nothing more than to be able to protect her savior. As she had her hands clutched around her, a bright light formed around the two. It soon dissipated as a solid blue aura surrounded them.
"That's…Konoe-nee's…" the miko was left speechless after those two words. She was amazed that she would ever see that light or that barrier in her life again.
The sight only lasted briefly though, as Konoka didn't have the training or strength to keep the barrier up for long. She soon collapsed, now feeling great fatigue overwhelm her body.
"Shizuna-san, sorry we're late!" yelled a voice from behind the miko. The miko didn't turn around, but instead merely waited for the two taiji-ya to appear at the corner of her eye before speaking.
"Take this girl," she pointed to Konoka, "back to the village for me. I'm going to stay here for a while." She walked, almost as if in a trance, to the Sacred Tree and began investigating it.
"What about the other girl?" asked the pony-tailed taiji-ya, motioning to Setsuna.
"…Take her back as well," Shizuna said reluctantly.
"And the order of being ready to kill?" asked Mana.
"Kill any demons that may attack you while carrying those two to the village. You'll be done for today after that."
The two taiji-ya each scooped up one of the sleeping girls, and carried them back as ordered; to the village that Setsuna took residence in thirty years ago.
Konoka: Oh no! They got us while we were asleep! What are we gonna do?
Setsuna: Don't worry Konoka-san. I made my promise to protect you and I intend to keep it.
Konoka: Thanks, but you know…I don't know your name yet.
Setsuna: My name? It's…
Konoka: Don't worry about it, I'll find out on the next Setsuna, Chapter Two: The Tale and the Thirty Year Sleep. See you there.
Setsuna: Why can't I tell you my name now?