|The Shikigami user and the Gorgeous Goddess
Author: Uruz 11 PM
Shortly after the Cursed Mask. Michiru is forced to spend part of the summer at a relative's house which is occupied by heavenly goddess, will romance bloom amidst the humour and mischief that occur during his stay? Chapter 2 is rewritten. Michiru/PeorthRated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Michiru K. & Peorth - Chapters: 4 - Words: 37,528 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 02-10-13 - Published: 02-26-12 - id: 7876318
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Disclaimer: I do not own Inuyasha, Oh My Goddess, or anything associated with either of them. This story is being written just for fun and enjoyment.
Chapter #2: Getting Acquainted with Everyone
It was now roughly five o'clock in the afternoon and Michiru was still fast asleep on the couch, with Urd and Peorth watching over him; ready to assure their guest that they meant no harm and that all was right. They found it rather strange that this mortal boy possessed magic powers and also the fact that he would stay asleep for nearly four hours of the afternoon just from merely fainting at the sight of Belldandy emerging from the mirror and Peorth from Michiru's cellular phone screen, but perhaps the shock of witnessing such supernatural events was too much for the boy's mind to handle which is why he needed over several hours of sleep to recover from it. Belldandy would have joined them, but it was nearly dinner time and so she remained in the kitchen to prepare supper for everyone; including their new guest and also for Keiichi once he eventually arrived home from the Auto Club. Needless to say, Belldandy was quite surprised when she opened the fridge and found the bags of freshly bought groceries sitting inside which she easily deduced must have been brought over by their new guest along with his own personal belongings which she also discovered a short time earlier after opening up the cardboard box she had seen in the corner of the living room. Skuld had stayed in the living room for a brief amount of time, expecting the boy to awaken very quickly; but she eventually got bored and went to her room to occupy herself with tinkering and playing with her inventions once it was obvious that the stranger was going to stay asleep for a longer period of time than she had anticipated.
Peorth was sitting in a chair watching Michiru, fantasizing to herself about granting a special wish for this boy who had now become her client; something which Urd could clearly deduce after taking a careful glance at the other goddess sitting in the same room as she was. Urd had wondered why this young man had managed to call the Earth Help Center or the Goddess Relief Office, it was difficult for her to believe that a mortal who possessed magic powers still suffered from being burdened with misfortune; but she finally came to the conclusion that having magic doesn't necessarily mean that a person can solve all of their everyday problems in life which she herself has to admit given that everyone has problems to deal with whether they are mere mortals or goddesses. Peorth was still daydreaming to herself as she sat quietly without uttering a word, it was the first time Urd had seen Peorth so interested in a client before; at least since the first class goddess had been summoned down to earth by receiving a phone call from Keiichi which was quite a long while ago. Urd was now suspicious that Peorth was slowly developing an attachment to her new client just as she had also done in the past with Keiichi, but unlike her last visit however; this wasn't to be a double contract which involved another goddess which meant that it would just be between Peorth and this young man who had mysteriously come to the home of the where Keiichi and the Goddesses resided together.
"He's still asleep?" Skuld said with a questionable tone of voice as she entered into the living room, accompanied by her humanoid robot Banpie who followed closely behind; taking notice of the unconscious stranger whom he did not recognize. "If he doesn't wake up soon, I say we wake him ourselves so we can find out what he was doing here while we were out; we do need an explanation."
"And I can assure you that we'll get one Skuld, once he wakes up; he'll probably tell us everything we need to know so just be patient and wait." Urd stated. "And while you're at it, you'd better program Banpie not to attack the boy just because he's a stranger; you wouldn't want to start another brawl inside of the house now that it's nearly time for dinner."
"Relax, I'm only testing out a new battery I built for Banpie so I can see how long he can operate before needing a recharge." Skuld replied, fiddling around with her power output pad which indicated the electric power supply of Banpie's battery. "I was so excited to go see that movie with you and big sis this morning that I forgot to replace the old Battery in Banpie for a new one, and since Keiichi had to take the only power cable in the house; Banpie naturally ran out of power while we were gone which is probably why both Mara and this boy got inside of the house so easily without opposition."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah; that's what happens when you don't look after you're inventions properly." Urd commented.
"What was that?" Skuld asked with an angry face, becoming lost in her own self image as she continued talking. "I do so look after my inventions, I am a great inventor in fact; I'm the best inventing genius ever to walk the face of the earth!"
"My, my, she always gets too full of herself doesn't she Peorth?" Urd said softly before turning her attention to Peorth, who for some reason hadn't heard a word she said or even noticed the presence of Skuld or Banpie. "Are you even listening to me Peorth?"
"Hmm? Oh sorry Urd, I must have been too deep in thought to notice you were talking to me." Peorth said apologetically, returning to her senses and politely turning her head so she could engage in conversation with Urd.
"I'll say, you've been day dreaming ever since you were summoned down to earth by that young man; its written all over your face." Urd replied with a mischievous smile at having caught the first class goddess off guard.
"And what if I was? Its perfectly natural for a goddess such as me to focus on granting his wish so that I can make him a happier person and relieve him of his misfortune." Peorth said with a serious tone of voice, refusing to be teased by the likes of a second class goddess.
"Oh don't give me that Peorth; I've already guessed what's really been going on in your mind." Urd countered, taking the conversation to the next level. "You like him don't you? I knew it, I knew it; I can tell just by the look in your eyes."
"No, no; I don't like him. I've only just met him, I haven't had the chance to get to know him or even ask him what his precious wish is." Peorth sputtered uncontrollably, her face betraying the guilty look she so desperately tried to hide in vain from those around her. "I-I merely want to find out more about him and why a mortal human such as he comes to possess magic powers, that's all; I haven't developed any infatuation or affection for him!"
"Well that's an ear full, such a mouth full of words coming from someone who says she doesn't have any personal interest in her new client outside of the contract she now has with him; but there's just one little flaw with your little denial my dear." Urd stated as she grinned mischievously while talking with the same kind voice she liked to use. "Despite your powers and talents, you are a first class goddess; you don't know how to lie and could never attempt to lie so we both know how you truly feel about this boy don't we Peorth?"
The first class goddess could only freeze with guilt at being found out and outsmarted by the other goddess sitting nearby her, this was the first time Peorth had ever felt so embarrassed and she was secretly thankful that both Skuld and Belldandy were both too busy to hear the conversation which passed between herself and Urd; she was even more thankful that her new client was still sleeping so that Urd's little teasing game wouldn't spoil the opportunity she had been awaiting for so long. Although Skuld was standing in the living room the entire time during their girl talk, the youthful second class goddess was listening to some music which was playing on a walkman with a set of head phones covering her ears; she had turned it on as soon as she became lost in her own self image and glory from all the numerous inventions she had created thus far. Meanwhile Belldandy was still cooking in the kitchen and supper was just about done, she had left Michiru's groceries untouched in the fridge out of politeness and also because of the fact that those which were already inside before hand were not as fresh; so she was eager to use them up in preparing various meals before they would expire and become spoiled.
During the several hours of sleep, Michiru's unconscious mind was having flashbacks of his adventures throughout Feudal Japan; including brief glimpses of the female strangers he had come across at his Uncle house which began to blend with them and causing him to slowly wake up as his mind slowly became active again with each passing minute. His awakening was sped up as his nostrils clearly picked up the smells and scents of freshly cooked food which told him it must be late in the afternoon and that supper time had arrived, the Kururugi boy opened his eyes ever so slowly; hoping to keep his awakening a secret so he could ponder for perhaps a minute or so and figure out what to do now that he was surrounded by these strangers who obviously possessed supernatural powers well beyond any that he or his ancestors Kakuju and Utsugi had in their lives while they were living. It was clear that they had the chance to kill him after he had fainted and fallen unconscious a short while ago, but instead they had taken him indoors and allowed him to rest on the couch so they couldn't be bad people; which meant that Michiru would have repay the kindness they had shown him by acting properly like the well mannered young man that he was in order to resolve this little misunderstanding which had been created.
"Oh my, awake at last." Urd remarked, taking notice of Michiru's movements as the mortal slowly sat up and observed his surroundings. "Are you feeling any better after having a long nap? Belldandy? The young boy is up!"
"Yes I'm feeling better, thank you." Michiru answered, addressing the tanned skinned beauty that had now stood up to go inform Belldandy that their guest had finally woken up. "I'm sorry for any trouble or alarm that I may have caused you when you saw me, but I have to ask; who are all of you and what are you doing here in my Uncle's house?"
"This is your Uncle's house?" Belldandy asked as she entered the living room, walking over and kneeling down in front of Michiru so she could grasp his hands in hers; giving the unprepared boy an apologetic expression on her face. "I'm so very sorry, I had no idea that Mr. Koshian had a nephew or any family for that matter; I never even asked him if he had any relatives living close by and he never mentioned it so I suppose this misunderstanding has all been my fault. On behalf of everyone here, I am so very sorry for all of us mistaking you for being a burglar; please forgive us."
"Miss, please don't feel bad or sorry just because you weren't informed; I should be apologizing for intruding inside without your permission." Michiru countered, feeling horrible for making this sweet and kind lady of unimaginable beauty wear such a sad and guilty look on her innocent face; not forgetting to apologize to the other occupants in the living room either. "I'm sorry for being the cause of all this and I'd like to have the chance to clear everything up if you'd be willing to hear me out and give me an explanation afterwards."
"That's quite alright, now that everything's settled; we can all sit down and enjoy a wonderful dinner together." Belldandy replied with a smile, one that made Michiru happy now that the misunderstanding was behind both of them so that they could move on.
Just as everyone was leaving the living room and making their way to the kitchen, another young man was just entering through the front door of the house and was also making his way to the main dining area after removing his footwear first; he was going to be in for one heck of an unexpected surprise which he himself was not prepared for. Keiichi Morisato, a boy about the same age and height as Michiru who had black hair, his skin was slightly tanned but not as dark as Urd's and he was dressed in simple blue jeans and a white T shirt. Since school was out, Michiru didn't have to wear his uniform even though he had one packed in his luggage just in case he went to his school for any reason and so he was wearing olive green pants and a T shirt which had pattern of thin horizontal dark gray and black stripes all over it. Since Peorth hadn't seen Keiichi in a while, she thought she'd get a good laugh and surprise him with her presence before he was introduced to their new guest in the house; something which everyone would also get a kick out of seeing.
"Hello Keiichi, it's been a while; welcome home." Peorth declared, floating down the hallway and giving the young man a shock, causing Michiru to suddenly have a flashback of how Peorth had mysteriously been summoned out of his cellular phone which was also a shocking sight for any mortal human being to behold.
"Ahh! What are you doing here Peorth?" Keiichi asked in a panic as the gorgeous goddess embraced him in a welcoming hug which caused both his face and Michiru's face to turn red at the sight of seeing Peorth's attractive bust pressing against the side of Keiichi's face, something which Urd had observed without their knowledge. "Belldandy! I swear I didn't summon her here! I haven't been on the phone since this morning and I had no intention of calling Peorth! I have no idea what she's doing here!"
While Michiru was trying to figure out in his mind what was going on with everyone, both Skuld and Peorth were giggling their heads off as Belldandy came up to Keiichi and gently placed a finger on his lips to silence him; for she knew everything was alright and that it had been Michiru who had accidentally summoned Peorth down to earth and not Keiichi. Peorth had released the panicking teenager from her embrace and allowed Belldandy to reassure Keiichi that there was nothing to worry about since she already knew what was doing on, although it did take a full minute for Keiichi to process everything given how embarrassed he was at Peorth's sudden surprise appearance. Urd thought this was funny as well, but she wisely suppressed the urge to giggle and laugh since she didn't want to attract attention herself as she continued to glance back and forth from Michiru to Peorth; she was going to have a lot of fun teasing him about the contract he didn't yet know existed between himself and the first class goddess still floating around ahead of him beside Belldandy and Keiichi.
"It's alright Keiichi, we all know that you didn't summon Peorth yourself so you can calm down and stop worrying." Belldandy said reassuringly with a genuine smile to help Keiichi understand that nothing was wrong and that Peorth's presence wasn't a problem. "Please come into the kitchen, dinner is ready and I'd like for you to meet our guest for the night; he's the nephew of Mr. Koshian."
"Really? I didn't know." Keiichi replied, walking down the hallway with his arm linked with Belldandy as she held him close to her side, feeling better now that they were together again; it was fairly obvious even to Michiru and these two were boyfriend and girlfriend which made him secretly hope that he would be able to find someone just as lovely, caring and special as Belldandy was. "Hello there, I'm Keiichi Morisato; this is Belldandy who you've already met; we both live here with Mr. Koshian's permission in exchange for taking care of the house and maintaining the Temple."
"I'm Urd, I'm Belldandy's older sister and Skuld is our younger sister." Urd said, introducing herself and Skuld at same time.
"Oh and this is Banpie, he's a humanoid robot that I built all by myself; I built him as a guard to protect the house." Skuld said, eager to take advantage of the whole introduction in order to impress the mortal teenager with her skills since she knew he had no knowledge of goddesses or of the powers each of them possessed individually. "Don't worry, I've reprogrammed him to recognize you as a friend so he won't attack you; unless of course I personally order him too as I am both his creator and his commander."
"Wow, you're skills are impressive, not to mention unmatched." Michiru replied, looking in awe at the robotic life form as well as with admiration for Skuld's unequalled achievement which she was only too happy to soak up for herself; having an audience to admire her work and not just see her as a kid was something she wanted for such a long time. "Oh and my name is Michiru, Michiru Kururugi; it's very nice to meet all of you."
"And my name is Peorth!" the first class goddess declared, taking both Michiru's hands in her own and holding them affectionately while introducing herself to the Shikigami user who had just recently become her new client even though he had not yet found out about it himself. "It is such a pleasure to meet you Michiru."
"There she goes again, overdoing it and acting like a complete airhead; I'll have to tease her about it later on when we're both alone." Urd whispered quietly to herself as she watched Peorth reintroducing herself to Michiru. "This poor boy doesn't know what he's in for, ha, ha."
"Ah ha, it's a pleasure to meet you too Peorth…" Michiru replied, feeling a bit awkward that this gorgeous female beauty had suddenly focussed her attention on him without any logical reason at all; it was a new feeling to Michiru since no girl of this level of beauty had ever taken an interest in someone with his status before which made him wonder if perhaps a higher power in the heavens was influencing fate or something along those lines.
After the introductions were finally over, Belldandy lead Keiichi and everyone else to the kitchen where she could serve them all supper; now that everything had been cooked to perfection. Everyone sat down together around the table as best as they could now that there were six people dining together instead of four, Keiichi sat between Belldandy and Urd while Michiru found himself between Skuld who was on his left and Peorth who was on his right; Banpie was standing outside of the kitchen on guard duty to stay alert in case any intruders or threats came around while everyone was eating together and unaware of activity in the rest of the house. Hot tea, rice balls, salad, chicken and beef teriyaki along with stir fry vegetables made up the main course and for dessert, there was ice cream and apple cobbler; this was definitely a feast in the eyes of the Kururugi boy who could only admire the tasty dishes in front of him until Skuld finally elbowed him in the side and told him to start eating like the rest of them were doing.
"So Michiru how is it that you possess magic powers?" Urd asked, eager to start up a conversation which would get everyone's attention and interest so they could talk together as they continued eating.
"Well it's kind of a long story, but I'll try my best to explain it as simply as I can so I don't take too long." Michiru answered, as he prepared himself for the task of story telling. "Three weeks ago, I had just arrived home late from school because my homeroom class had gone on for a longer period of time than normal; it was the night of the Doll Festival of Wishes and my parents were already dressed up in traditional kimonos so they could direct and run festival events taking place at the Kururugi Shrine which was part of our home as well."
While Michiru continued explaining the events which had been responsible for transporting him into the past during Japan's Feudal era and how he had befriended his friends, beginning with Inuyasha the half demon, Kagome a high school girl also from the modern time and so on; all the goddesses as well as Keiichi had their minds blown away. Even after all the experiences they had dealt with together over the many months that they had lived inside of this house, none of them ever believed that any supernatural occurrences were taking place without their knowledge or without being caused or detected by the Yggdrasil system up in Heaven; it was clear to them now that they could not govern everything in order to keep the delicate balance between good and evil stable and even. The most interesting parts of the story other than the deadly battles against Naraku or his minions were when Michiru gradually learned new spells to enhance his experience at using his rare Shikigami powers which had stayed dormant within him until his life was in danger when he had come under attack from a hungry demon shortly after his arrival in Feudal Japan.
But not all of Michiru's tales made his audience hush with awe and excitement, they were laughing at him when he told them of some incidents involving some of his travelling companions who he had met and befriended over the course of his adventure; Urd and Peorth were both laughing their heads off when Michiru told them of Miroku and how the so called monk constantly flirted with pretty girls among other things which made Skuld choke on her food more than once on occasion at the dinner table. Michiru told some stories of each of his friends during the days that they had all taken breaks on in order to relax and so on which took a break from all the deadly battles against Naraku among other demons that he and his band of friends frequently fought in between villages during their travels to together. Peorth was now imagining herself alone with the Kururugi boy who was her client according to the contract which bound them together thanks to the phone call he had made, she wondered if she would be able to grant him his special wish; and most of all she secretly hoped that his wish would be similar to the very wish that Keiichi had made with Belldandy when the two of them had met each other for the first time in their lives. However, Peorth's private thoughts were brought to an end as Michiru finally arrived at the end of his tale; now it would be her turn to do some explaining.
"Well, that was three weeks ago today that it happened and when I was magically returned home again; not a single ounce of time had gone by during my absence." Michiru wrapped up. "However, in regards to why I've come here; my parents asked me to stay and watch over my Uncle's house since they haven't been able to stay in contact with him for a while. His cell phone won't answer and we haven't received any mail from him so my parents were just worried that he left on one of his long trips without keeping the house and temple maintained which is why they brought me to live here and watch over it for two weeks until my dad can take over once he returns from his business trip. Although all of you have my Uncle's permission for living here and looking after the property, I still have to look around the house and the temple to make sure everything is in good order; my parents still require me to provide an explanation along with some hard evidence to back up what you've told me. Is there any chance that you could help me track down my Uncle's present whereabouts tomorrow morning so I could hear his side of the story? That would be the easiest way to put any worries my parents might have to rest."
"That was a wonderful story Michiru, a dangerous experience for you and your friends; but very adventurous and memorable." Belldandy commented. "Of course we'll help out find your Uncle, we've only just gotten to know you and as you said; finding him will resolve the matter in the simplest way which will satisfy your parents and also ourselves as well. Urd? If you would please explain things to Michiru while I prepare serving all of our dessert; I would very much appreciate it."
"Not a problem Belldandy, now Michiru; I have an equally entertaining story to tell so please pay attention." Urd began, clearing her throat as the teenager listened closely. "Keiichi is an ordinary young man just as you are, and while he doesn't possess any magic powers; he also has friends who are shall we say not of your world. Namely all of us, Peorth, Skuld, Belldandy and I are all Goddesses who reside in heaven, and some of us have chosen to live down here on earth of our own free will while others have not. Keiichi dialled the Goddess Relief Office by accident and Belldandy was the Goddess who came down to grant him a single wish which can be anything he wanted or desired, he wised for a goddess like her to stay by his side forever and that is why the two of them have been living together under this roof ever since. Skuld and I are down here because it's far too boring up in heaven and there's nothing to do but work and monitor Yggdrasil which is the name for our supercomputer system that we use for monitoring the balance of each person's between fortune and misfortune. Because Keiichi is a good natured and honest person, he is entitled to receive aid from the Goddess Relief Office and that's why he was able to dial the phone number to contact a Goddess for help even though he never knew about it at the time. Are you following me so far?"
"I think I understand the basics of what you're telling me, after all; that does explain why Skuld is such a skilled inventor and why all four of you can freely fly and levitate when ever you want." Michiru answered. "But I do have one question though which may bring up something I think you've forgotten in your explanation. Who is Mara and why is it that she dances out of control against her will when ever she hears hard rock music playing in her hears?"
"Mara is a demon and thanks to her demonic heritage, she has a weakness which is based on hard rock music; she's forced to dance continuously against her will until she becomes exhausted just like you saw her doing earlier today." Urd answered. "Do you understand?"
"I think so, it was such an unexpected sight to see after all the demons that I've seen and battled against during my days in Japan's Feudal era; I don't think any of my friends or even Inuyasha has ever seen any demon fall prey due to a bizarre weakness like the one Mara has." Michiru answered back, slowly processing what Urd had told him. "Inuyasha is half demon and half human, but I'm sure he would also find seeing Mara dance uncontrollably to be a very hilarious sight; I'll even wager he'd wish that Naraku had the same weakness just so he could laugh at him and taunt him as that evil monster was forced to dance against his will as well. In fact, all of my feudal era friends would find that funny, poor Shippo would be laughing so hard; it would make his stomach all sore inside."
"So what does Shippo do in combat if he's only a little kid with not much power like Skuld?" Urd asked, making Skuld cringe with anger.
"He uses his fox magic to increase the defensive stamina of my friends and I, and he can also help us out by equipping each of us with vital medicinal items in order to keep up our strength so we don't tire ourselves out on the battlefield; so he's a valuable friend to have even though he's quite young and small." Michiru answered before turning to Skuld. "He can perform magic tricks and disguise himself to look like me or anyone he wishes if he tries hard enough, you and him would probably get along great as friends Skuld because I know he'd be really interested in playing with some of your crafty inventions; he always has an interest in modern stuff that Kagome brings with her from her home in our era so I think he'd be really interested to meet you and see all of your high tech toys and tools that you built."
"Really?" Skuld asked in surprise as the Kururugi boy gave her a nod before she started daydreaming to herself for a moment. "Hmm."
"Dessert is ready; please let me know how much ice cream each of you would like." Belldandy announced as she served the bowls of freshly baked apple cobbler before going to get the container of vanilla ice cream from the fridge. "The apple cobbler is still hot out of the oven so be careful while you eat it."
"Thanks very much Belldandy, it looks delicious." Michiru said, trying to be polite.
"Hey Michiru. Do you want to see something cool?" Skuld asked, standing up from the table as Michiru turned to face her. "Watch this."
"You have wings?" Michiru responded in astonishment, his eyes widening as he watched the pair of beautiful white angel wings which had just emerged from Skuld's back.
"Uh huh, and I also have my own personal angel; say hello to Noble Scarlet." Skuld answered, showing herself off as she summoned her angel; a tiny little girl no bigger than Kirara's kitten form who also had a pair of white angel wings. She had short blond hair with a tiny tank top covering her chest and a matching white garment which was shaped like a cocoon, helping to hide the remainder of her body below her waist even though it wasn't actually touching her body. "Noble Scarlet, meet Michiru."
"H-Hello, it's nice to meet you." Michiru said while waving his hand politely and receiving the same gesture from Skuld's angel who smiled back at him without speaking.
The other goddesses in the kitchen stood up from the table also and backed up a little ways so they could also call out their angels as well as show off each of their own personal pair of angel wings, except for Urd who remained seated; eagerly waiting to see how their mortal guest would react. Belldandy and Peorth each had white angel wings just like Skuld, and both of their angels nearly looked identical, they each had long blond hair and pale white skin; the only difference was that Peorth's angel was clothed using huge winding rose vines which encircled her body just enough to hide her private areas while Belldandy's angel wore the same kind of white coloured cloths as Noble Scarlet. However, unlike Noble Scarlet who was very small; these two angels were full grown just like the two older goddesses to whom they were each paired with. Michiru watched in awe and was completely captivated by the heavenly sight of such divine and beautiful maidens who were inside of this kitchen with him and Keiichi, the mortal teenager mentally laughed at his predicament; imagining how envious Miroku would be if that lecherous monk ever found out that he was now living under the same roof with four gorgeous goddesses for two whole weeks. The sight was too much for him to take, his nose suddenly felt as though it was going to explode; causing the boy to pinch it shut to avoid any blood that might threaten to flow out of his nostrils.
"Holy Bell, this is our guest Michiru; he's the nephew of Mr. Koshian who lets all of us live here together." Belldandy said with a warm smile as her angel waved at the Shikigami user.
"Michiru? Please say hi to Gorgeous Rose." Peorth instructed with an excited look on her face. "Gorgeous Rose, allow me to introduce you to Michiru; our new client."
"Wow, it's really nice to meet all of you like this; I hope we can learn to become friends." Michiru replied, waving back politely as a light blush appeared on his face due to the goddesses and their equally beautiful angels smiling sweetly back at him with gentle expressions.
Urd had remained quiet the entire time, watching Michiru's face as the scene unfolded; getting immense satisfaction from seeing his embarrassed state. This told the goddess that this boy was just as inexperienced at interacting with young girls as Keiichi was, possibly even more judging by how nervous he was at having so much female attention on him; not to mention the close proximity of all the goddesses who were sitting around the kitchen table with him. Peorth was especially close to Michiru, even more close to him than Skuld who was seated on his other side to the left; being in such close contact with a hot beauty like her was more than enough reason to cause the boy some nervousness. Although most boys his age would give anything to be in his shoes right now, Urd understood that Michiru was not the kind of lecherous creep that only had one thought on his mind while in the presence of a hot female who was dressed as Peorth was; boys like that would gladly take advantage of the situation and flirt none stop until they gained what they sought. There was no doubt in Urd's mind that his young man was indeed the type of client that Peorth had been longing to find for herself as a lover, not only was he well mannered and innocent like Keiichi; but he also managed to accept people for who they were as long as they didn't act immorally or cruelly like the enemy Naraku whom she had heard about in his story of travelling throughout Feudal Japan with his friends.
"Hey Skuld! Stop wolfing down the ice cream you little hog!" Urd demanded after noticing that her youngest sister was currently stuffing her face by eating right out of the ice cream container, luckily everyone had already been served an equal share of ice cream before hand; but that didn't make it okay for Skuld to eat everything that was left over. "You're setting a bad example and you're also acting rudely in front our guest Michiru, as a goddess; you should behave better than that."
"I'm a growing girl, I need this ice cream much more than you do Urd; so stop complaining." Skuld replied, continuing to eat more.
"You'd better stop Skuld, otherwise you'll end up ruining your figure if you continue eating too much ice cream like that; its not healthy either." Michiru warned while trying to stay polite.
"No need worry about her health Michiru, Skuld's a goddess after all and eating ice cream is how she recharges herself full of energy; Urd does the same thing by drinking Saki and Belldandy gets hers by going to sleep for a while." Keiichi explained, drawing Michiru's attention. "I know it sounds weird, but each goddess has their own alternate energy source; that's just the way things are."
"Skuld can eat as much as she wants and yet; she'll still stay just as flat as an ironing board." Urd remarked with a grin, causing Skuld to stop eating out of the ice cream container.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Skuld asked angrily, her eyes widening with ire as she turned to face her oldest sister.
"Just what it sounds like." Urd answered, crossing her arms together against her chest and making her bust stick out as she leaned over to tease Skuld; causing her youngest sister to glare back at her with fury and rage.
"Um Peorth? What did you mean when you said I was your client when you were introducing Gorgeous Rose and me to each other?" Michiru asked curiously after having a flashback of being introduced to all of the angels just a minute ago.
"I'm so glad you finally asked Michiru! I've been waiting for you to tell me what your most precious wish is ever since you summoned me down here from the Earth Help Center!" Peorth replied excitedly as she moved herself closer so she was sitting right beside Michiru with her lower arm touching against his; making the poor boy feel even more nervous at being in such close proximity with such an attractive beauty. "You have been suffering from the imbalance between the fortune and misfortune that you've been faced with throughout your life, and because you are also a kind and good natured person; Yggdrasil has chosen you as a worthy candidate who may ask for one single wish which can be anything you should ever desire as long as it is accepted by the Yggdrasil system. And in order to complete the contract to which you are forever bound, I have been sent to personally grant you your special wish and as a first class goddess; I take great pride in doing the best I can to ensure your happiness! Now do you understand why you've become my client Michiru?"
This was all too much for Michiru to process, never in his wildest dreams did he ever believe something like this would ever happen to him; he thought his Feudal era adventure with Inuyasha and his other friends was the extent of his supernatural experience and that nothing else was waiting in store for him after that. How wrong he was, he was now living under the same roof with four gorgeous goddesses who were from heaven and he had also summoned one of them down to earth to grant him a wish which could be anything he wanted; it wasn't going to be an easy decision to make. The Kururugi boy knew that there were many wishes and desires he wanted so very badly, knowing most of them or all of them would never come true at all; such was the way that life in the real world worked no matter how unfair it seemed to be. Now he had been given the chance of having one single wish granted to him and it was time to think extra carefully about which of his many life long wishes were the most important to him since it was plain that a chance like this would never come again. By this point, everyone had stopped talking and arguing once they took notice of Michiru's hesitant state; it was pretty obvious to them that their guest had just been informed of the contract which now existed between Peorth and Michiru.
"Don't tense up Michiru, it's not like the fate of the world is going to be decided just because of you choosing over what wish you desire; there's not need to rush either so just take your time and it will come to you when you're finally ready to decide for yourself." Urd said reassuringly in an effort to make Michiru relax. "Just relax, eat up your dessert and go get a good night sleep; trust me when I say you'll feel much better about the whole matter when you wake up tomorrow morning."
"Yeah, and if you're having trouble choosing over a wish; just come and spend time with me in my lab; I can build you all sorts of advanced inventions so that you achieve other life long goals without having to waste your only wish on something I could build for you myself." Skuld added eager to help out and prove once and for all that she could help people without the need to actually grant a wish.
"As a client, you have the right to ask questions if you feel uncertain or indecisive about what wish to choose; and you can also talk to any of us for advice on anything that troubles you so don't hesitate to ask." Belldandy said before asking. "Did you enjoy everything?"
"Yes, very much; all of your food was delicious." Michiru answered as he stood up from the table, having finished his dessert. "You've been a most kind and generous host Belldandy, I've enjoyed being here with all of you; and I'm looking forward to spending more time with each of you individually during my stay here over the next two weeks. But now that it's late in the evening, I'd like to go get ready for bed if none of you would mind that I turn in for the night."
"Not at all, Keiichi and I will prepare a bed for you in one of the spare rooms that we have available in the house; everything should be ready for you by the time you're done brushing your teeth and so on." Belldandy replied.
"Thank you again, good night everyone." Michiru said gratefully before taking his leave.
While Michiru went to gather his belongings in order to get ready for bed, Belldandy and Keiichi went upstairs to prepare a room for their guest and also another room for Peorth. Skuld left to go to her room which was also her own personal lab where she could design and build new inventions, leaving Urd and Peorth in the kitchen together until Belldandy returned to clean everything up after dinner. Peorth was once again fantasizing to herself about granting a special wish for Michiru and although she sat quietly while she was drinking her tea, the look on her face was more than enough to tell Urd what the first class goddess was thinking about; which made her wonder what course of action Peorth was going to take in order to awaken the deep desires hidden within Michiru's heart. More importantly, would Peorth remember the past mistakes she had made during the time when she tried seducing Keiichi to win his affection; or would she repeat them and risk blowing the opportunity of finding the kind of love she had been dreaming about for so long? Only time would tell.
A few minutes later, Michiru had his entire luggage inside of the bedroom that had been prepared for him; but he decided to go outside and wonder around the grounds first before getting ready for bed so he could clear his head and think without any distractions or disturbances. He had brushed his teeth already, but was still wandering around in his clothes since he wasn't ready to turn in for the night just yet; and so he made his way downstairs until he arrived at the main entrance of the house. After walking through the doorway, the Kururugi boy found himself standing outside on the porch; he proceeded to leave the area and explore the grounds for a few minutes. Looking up at the dark sky above him, there were no clouds and the infinite number of shining stars that had pierced through the curtain of night was a beautiful sight to see; Michiru even wondered if there were other goddesses like the four he had recently met looking down on other mortal human beings so that they could observe them carefully and distinguish who was worthy to receive their help just as he had when he had contacted Peorth even though it had been an accident in his eyes. But before the young man could continue thinking any further, the peaceful silence was broken as he turned around and found Belldandy walking over to him with a flashlight in her hand.
"Why are you out here Michiru?" Belldandy asked curiously as she approached him. "Are you no longer tired enough to go to sleep?"
"No, I just wanted to take a short walk outside and breath the fresh air; sorry if I worried you." Michiru answered, causing Belldandy to shake her head in response to show that she wasn't worried in any way. "The stars are shining brightly tonight, it's a beautiful sight to see when there are no clouds in the sky to obscure them; especially since the days are so long and the nights are so short in the Summer."
"Yes, it truly is a rare and wonderful sight to see." Belldandy commented, looking up at them in admiration and awe as Michiru was doing.
"Is there a time limit for me to ask Peorth for a wish?" Michiru suddenly asked, getting the goddess's attention. "I know that she must be busy with work up in Heaven so I don't want to put her behind schedule or anything like that just because I don't know what wish I want for yet; there are so many wishes I have and I know it will be difficult to choose one out of all of them so I don't know what to do or what to…"
"There's no need for you to worry about that Michiru, you are allowed as much time as you need; you won't cause Peorth any inconvenience just because you aren't ready to make up your mind so please don't feel as though you're at fault for keeping her here." Belldandy replied reassuringly as her kind voice and gentle face dispelled any worries from Michiru's troubled mind. "If you recall at dinner time, Peorth was delighted that she had been summoned down to earth to grant you a wish; you've actually made her very happy."
"But all I did was summon her here, and by accident so how does that make her happy?" Michiru asked. "Why is she interested in me?"
"Don't you think those are questions that you should be asking her?" Belldandy countered, seeing a light blush appear on Michiru's face thanks to the flashlight in her hand. "Why so nervous Michiru? Peorth is a nice person; I don't see any reason why you can't talk to her."
"Thank you for your company and for your kind words Belldandy, I'll try talking with Peorth tomorrow morning; goodnight." Michiru replied before bowing politely and walking back to the house, leaving Belldandy alone on the grounds to think to herself for a few moments.
"Hmm…Michiru summoning Peorth, just like when Keiichi summoned me; I hope everything works out." Belldandy said softly with a smile.
Author's Note: I apologize in advance, but my computer has been giving me problems which interfere with my typing; I'm going to have to put all fan fiction stories on hold until I can put an end to the troubles I'm experiencing so I hope that you will enjoy reading this chapter for now.
Greymon leader, sorry I couldn't get this chapter done earlier, I hope that what you've read so far was worth the wait.
Trace Carter, I hope you enjoyed all the funny moments even though this chapter was only seven pages in length.
Orionpax09, you are absolutely right; Miroku is going to be very envious of Michiru; especially when he also finds out that Peorth was summoned to grant Michiru a special wish which can be anything the Kururugi boy should desire. That would also be priceless to see.