Author: Terra Nympha Dryadis PM
Kagome has just come home, and is about to die. A secret that her mother has been hiding from her could save her life. But what is it? And why hasn't her mother told her before this? HieiKagome Souta? Rated T for launguage SECRETisINtheFIRSTchapter!Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Romance - Kagome H. - Chapters: 7 - Words: 14,014 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 10-02-07 - Published: 01-22-07 - id: 3354993
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When they got to the car, they threw everything into the trunk and drove off to the train station. After finding a parking space, Kuwabara once again jumped out and started hugging the ground for dear life. Yusuke rolled his eyes and looked at Keiko, only to start laughing and trying to peel her hands from the door handle. Only with the threat of a crowbar did her hands come unglued. She glared at her boyfriend.
"Yusuke, why can't you ever follow the speed limit?! You could have gotten us killed!" she fumed.
He shrugged and grinned. "At least we're her in one piece, right? Hey Kuwabara, how long until the train comes in?"
The red-headed giant looked at his watch. "About five minutes. Let's head over to the platform."
Yusuke started walking to the platform with Keiko and Kuwabara following him. He kept glancing over his shoulder at them so he didn't lose them. The platform was extremely crowded. It would seem that the train had arrived and let its passengers off already. Just as he turned back to look at his friends again, a body crashed into his and sent the both of them reeling backwards. He growled in annoyance. "Hey! Watch where you're going, jerk-face!"
The person, no, girl, looked up at him and smiled. He instantly regretted being so cross when he saw her face. She was really pretty! "I'm terribly sorry about that, sir. My dork of a brother shoved me onto the platform." She turned around and began yelling. "Souta, you little punk! I teach you a new technique and this is how you repay me?! I am so going to make your life a living hell!!!"
Yusuke looked up at the train door, expecting to see a little boy. What he saw was a tall teenager, smirking and laughing at his spectacle of a sister. He calmed down and replied to her ranting. "Yeah, sure, Kags. Whatever you say. When we get wherever it is we're going, I challenge you to a duel."
Kuwabara and Keiko sat down and watched the siblings fight. Yusuke just grinned and put his arms around their shoulders. "You two wouldn't happen to be my poor, defenseless, baby cousins, would you?"
The pair of demons turned to the grinning punk, and did a double take. Kagome then looked over at Souta, identical evil grins quickly spreading on their not-so-angelic faces. Yusuke gulped in fear. The last time he had seen his cousins grin in that particular manner, his pair had turned hot pink for a month. He snapped back to attention when Kagome started talking.
"Yusuke Urameshi, third toughest punk in Japan. That is you, yes?"
"What? No, I'm the toughest punk in Japan. Where did you hear that I was third? I'll kill the bastard who's tellin' lies 'bout me!" Yusuke took his arms off their shoulders to gesture wildly, which ended up being his biggest mistake. The moment the siblings felt the weight on their shoulders lighten, they pounced.
Yusuke was soon rolling on the ground with tears coming out of his eyes like waterfalls, while Keiko and Kuwabara just laughed until they couldn't breathe. Kagome and Souta had put their nimble fingers to work on the poor boy's abdomen, reducing him to a laughing pile of goop. Five minutes later, Kagome let up and sighed. "That, dear cousin, is what makes you third. The top two, of course, being me and Souta. Let's face it, you could never beat us at this." She looked down at him. Souta had taken over and the poor punk was having trouble breathing. "All right, brother. That's enough. Remember, he's our ride. We need him alive for now. We'll pick this up later tonight."
Souta complied and went to the train and got their baggage. When he got back, Yusuke was still crying and trying to breathe. Keiko and Kuwabara were congratulating Kagome on a job well done. He shook his head and called out to his sister. "Yo, Kags, help me with the luggage, will ya?! Your shit is heavy!"
Kagome threw a glare over her shoulder at the boy for his use of language, but walked over to him. She bowed her head and placed her hands together, as if she were praying, and began muttering something under her breath. Thank goodness they were the only five people left on the platform, or people would begin to question what happened next.
A soft wind blew her ponytail around her and her trench coat billowed slightly. A pink glow surrounded her as Kuwabara felt her energy rise to near-impossible heights. Souta watched, bored, but still interested. Bored because he had seen her do this before, but interested because he still didn't know how it worked.
Just when Kuwabara thought that the girl would explode from all the pent-up energy, it was released into the luggage. Yusuke, Keiko, Kuwabara, and Souta all watched, amazed and frightened, as all thirteen pieces of luggage shrank to the size of a marble. Kagome then stuffed them into a pocket in her coat and turned to her cousin once more.
She raised an eyebrow at the looks she was getting but ignored them. "Dearest cousin, do close your mouth. It's most unbecoming to have a nest of flies swarming out when you try to talk. Are you going to introduce us to your friends anytime soon?"
Yusuke sobered up quickly and threw his arms back around his cousins' shoulders, leading them to his friends. "Kagome, Souta, I'd like you to meet Keiko Yukimura, my girlfriend, and Kazuma Kuwabara, my best friend. Keiko, Kuwabara, these are my cousins Kagome and Souta Higurashi." Yusuke grinned down at Kagome. "You know, it's a good thing you minimized all of your bags. There's like, no room at all in my trunk."
Souta looked over at Kagome and whispered loudly enough for everyone to hear. "He still has that problem? I thought Auntie Atsuko potty trained him years ago!"
Yusuke blushed a magnificent shade of red while everyone else just laughed. "Yeah, yeah, laugh it up. Come on, let's go before that old hag thinks we're late and makes me do laps."
The group nodded and followed the boy out to his car. When they got there, Kagome and Souta's eyes widened. This was their cousin's car?! It was awesome! How in the hell could he afford something like this? He didn't steal it, did he? They certainly hoped not. Suddenly, Kagome got an odd twinkle in her eyes that Souta instantly feared. Without further warning, Kagome started running towards the car screeching, "SHOTGUN!!!!" With a vault, she was in the front passenger seat, buckled in and waving at them to hurry up.
Blinking a couple times, Yusuke got angrier and angrier. "Damn it, Kags! Don't do that in my car! I swear if you've hurt the leather, you're gonna pay to have it repaired!!!"
Kagome rolled her eyes and scoffed at his temper. "Chill out, Suke! I'm not even touching the leather. I'm floating an inch above it. Ask Souta, he can come over and verify it. Better yet, have Keiko do it. That way you can be sure that I'm telling the truth. Because, honestly, why would your girlfriend lie to you?"
Keiko walked over to the door and opened it. She bent down so she could get a better view. Sure enough, Kagome was floating an inch above the seat. Keiko told Yusuke as such, and laughed when his eyes bugged out of his skull. She reached over and smacked him in the back of his head, bringing him back to his senses. He stiffly walked around the car, opened up the driver's side door, and pulled the seat forward.
Kuwabara, Souta, and Keiko all filed in, in that order. Yusuke pushed the seat back, and, after checking that his girlfriend had enough leg room, started the car and drove off. Keiko and Kuwabara immediately clutched whatever was nearest to them. Those poor O.S. handles. Kagome noticed this and asked them about it. She didn't like the answer she got. Frowning, she turned to Yusuke. "Yusuke, if you even dare to think about going even one mile over the speed, I'm going to get you where it hurts. That's a promise."
Yusuke gulped and nodded. He wasn't quite sure what she meant by that, but he wasn't going to push her on it. She could be really scary. Keiko and Kuwabara were amazed when not only did Yusuke not go over the limit, he was actually under it! Kagome turned to the back and gave them a thumbs up and a victory grin. Souta just sat there and tried to stretch his legs, but that didn't work out so well.
About an hour and a half later, they arrived at Genkai's temple. As everyone climbed out of the car, they stretched and groaned as they heard their joints crack and pop. Kagome bent over backwards and cried out when her back gave a particularly vicious pop. She stood back up and faced the stairs. Souta did the same, after straightening his legs out. They looked at the stairs for about five minutes before turning to each other. Yusuke came to stand behind them.
"I know the stairs look bad now," he started.
"But don't worry about them," continued Kuwabara.
"You'll get used to them eventually," finished Keiko.
Kagome and Souta burst out laughing. Seeing the confused looks on their faces, they quickly stopped and explained. "Well, you see," began Kagome.
"We live at a shrine," stated Souta.
"As you probably already know…"
"We were just counting the stairs…"
"And comparing the stairs at our shrine to the stairs at this temple…"
"To see who has more."
"And as it turns out…"
They grinned and spoke in unison. "We have more. Way more."
Kuwabara asked the question on Yusuke's mind. "How many more?"
He was looking at Souta, but it was Kagome who answered. "This is only a fifth of what we have. I counted the stairs at our shrine once. I got 6,250, give or take a few. Can you imagine having to run those twice a day, five days in a row? Plus being on the track team, and swim team, and in the archery club? It's killer, I swear. But, your legs tone and firm real nice. I love it!"
Everyone stared at her like she was crazy. Even Souta. Kagome just shrugged it off and began climbing. She glanced back over her shoulder when she didn't hear movement. She frowned, then smirked. "Hey, Yusuke. I gots a proposition for ya."
Said punk listened intently. "Go on. I'm all ears."
"I'll race you to the top. If I win, I get to tell a really dark secret to everyone at the temple. If you win, you get to do the same to me."
Yusuke thought it over for all of three seconds. "You're on. What are the rules of this little wager?"
Kagome smirked. "No using demonic powers, or, in my case, miko powers. Human-based strength alone. No tripping or messing up the other person. Basically, just run as if your ass is on fire."
Yusuke nodded and joined Kagome at the base of the stairs. "On three, then. One."
Kagome crouched down, preparing to run. Yusuke did the same. "Two."
They tensed up, ready to spring. In unison, they called the last number. "Three!!!"
And they were off. Yusuke and Kagome were tied with each other halfway up the stairs. Then Kagome got bored and started talking. "Yusuke, are you running as fast as you can?"
He didn't say anything. He just nodded and Kagome laughed. He frowned. "What's so funny?!"
"I'll see you at the top then." And with that, Kagome picked up speed and quickly disappeared from view.
Souta rolled his eyes as Keiko and Kuwabara looked on in shock. Yusuke just about fell over in surprise. Then, realizing what it would mean if he lost, he began to swear and picked up the pace. Alas, it was too little too late, for when he got to the top, Kagome was sitting down, grinning from ear to ear. She waved at him.
"What took you so long? I've been waiting here for forever! You are so slow, Suke!" she cheered.
Yusuke just fell over, landing on his face. He had lost. To a girl. To his cousin. To the one person who could possibly have any dark, dirty secrets about him. He was doomed!! He looked up from the ground and stared at her. She wasn't even breathing hard while he was close to dry heaving. It wasn't fair, damn it! However, he couldn't challenge it, for when they made a promise, they always kept it. Sure, they didn't exactly say, "I promise not to use any powers," but still. They weren't likely to cheat in a bet.
Souta came over the top, followed by the other two. They all got a shock out of the sight before them. Yusuke was on the ground, weeping like a baby, and Kagome was laughing and poking him in the ribs. Keiko giggled. "I guess my boyfriend lost, huh?"
Yusuke's weeping grew louder, as did Kagome's laughing. The noise brought out the other people in the temple. The got the same shock. Yukina began to giggle, Hiei just smirked, and Kurama brought a hand up to his mouth to hide the laughter. Genkai was amused, but didn't let it show. Instead, she walked up to them and frowned.
"What is going on here?"
Kagome stopped laughing and stood up. She turned to face Genkai and bowed. "You are Genkai-sensei, yes?"
Genkai liked this girl already. "Yes, that's me. You must be Kagome. Can you explain why the dimwit is crying?"
Kagome smirked. "Of course. Yusuke and I had a simple bet. I won, he lost, and I'm going to claim my reward."
Kurama calmed down and looked at Kagome. "What was the bet?"
Her smirk became even more sinister. "Oh, it was more of a race than a bet. It was between me and Suke to see who could get to the top of the stairs first. No powers allowed."
Yukina stopped giggling, though she retained her smile. "And what is your reward for winning this little contest?"
Yusuke began to sob even louder, until he was suddenly quiet. At the lack of noise, Kagome turned to find that her dear cousin had been rendered unconscious. She looked around for the culprit, only to find no one. She shrugged and turned back to the group before her. "Well, if I won, I would get to tell a really embarrassing secret about him. If he won, he'd get to tell one about me. He's crying because I won. However, I'm not going to tell a secret unless he's awake to hear it."
Genkai nodded. "His friends will take him to his room. You and your brother will follow me."
She turned and began walking. Kagome and Souta followed without question as everyone else began delegating the task of getting Yusuke inside to his bed. Genkai led them to her training room, the one with all the games. "These games are designed to test your spirit awareness. After that has been assessed, we will continue from there."
Kagome and Souta nodded and headed over to the punching bag machine. Kagome put on the glove first. Souta stood back and watched. She took a swing at the bag and grinned at the score, which was at 113. She turned to Genkai and bowed. "May I try this game one more time, Sensei?"
Impressed by her incredible manners, Genkai nodded her consent. Kagome turned back to the machine and took a deep breath. She pulled back her arm and let it fly. Genkai frowned at the score that showed. It was just a two followed by an asterisk. Kagome grinned. "I'm guessing you've not seen that happen before, right Sensei?"
"You are correct Kagome, I have not. Why is there an asterisk?"
Souta answered. "The same thing happens on speed guns. This machine can only hold three digits. The asterisk simply means that there is a fourth digit. Basically, the machine has recorded Kagome's score at 2,000+. Not bad." He turned to his sister. "May I have the glove now?"
She nodded and handed it over. He slipped it on as Genkai called the group at the house over to watch. Souta waited for them all to show up and admire Kagome's score, or at least puzzle at it. No one told them about what the asterisk meant. Thus, they all assumed she only got a two. Souta took a deep breath, drew his hand back, and let it fly towards the bag. The score showed up as 1.5 with an asterisk. Genkai was shocked, as was the rest of the group, minus Kagome, of course. Of course, Genkai was shocked for a different reason than the rest of the group.
Kagome chuckled and explained to the confused group. "That asterisk is like an extra digit. To sum it up, rather quickly, my score was 2,000+, and Souta's is 1,500+. Bit of a disappointment, really. I'm sure Yusuke scored higher than either of us, right?"
Kurama chuckled. "Not quite. You have the highest score I have ever seen on this machine."
Kagome and Souta just grinned at each other. They then turned to Genkai. "What's next, Sensei?"
Hi everyone! Yay, I finally updated! Tell me what you think of it! Read and review plz! Oh, and by the way, the winner of Souta's heart has been chosen. Now I need someone for Kurama. The following are off limits: Kagome, Sango, Kikyo, Shiori, And Saiyou. Other than that, females are fair game. Sorry, but I don't do guy/guy action. It's nothing personal; I just disagree with gay/lesbian relationships. Anyway, yeah. Read it and tell me what you think of it!!! I love you all and I apologize for my long absence. Writer's block sucks major ass!!