Author: operaghost96 PM
Thanks to Rin's brilliant idea, the cram school is taking in half-demon hybrids for training. But how is that going to work when demons show up from Rin's past? Or when the students are killing each other? Submissions Closed!Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Rin O. - Chapters: 24 - Words: 40,978 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 05-10-13 - Published: 10-17-12 - id: 8617849
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A/N: Here's another chapter for you guys! I know the Rin/Shiemi ship doesn't really have many supporters, so I'm just warning you, the last section has so much Rin/Shiemi fluff, that it bought out Build-A-Bear. Oh, and one more thing concerning last chapter: I am so sorry if I implied ANYTHING between Ryuu and Akashi. They practiced their time control powers. It's no secret that I hate yaoi, so you will not find it in any of my stories. I only own Iblis and Maya (who isn't really in this chap)
The next day was pretty much hell, especially because Iblis had gotten in Slutty's Yuengling stash. Note to self: no more drinking on weeknights. Well, at least he had most of the day off, since his little brother's girlfriend was doing most of the work. He checked his watch: 6:00. She should be here by now… he heard a squeak down the hall.
He walked out, hoping it wasn't one of the normal cram school kids. He'd heard that they've been giving his students a hard time… What are you thinking? YOUR students? You're just helping Samael so once we kill Dad you get to share the throne. Don't get attached, especially to your daughter again. You forgot her once and you can do it again.
Finding the damsel in distress, he helped her up. She was about twenty-one, wearing a pink kimono, with curly blond hair that reached her (quite ample) chest and massive green eyes. Her face automatically turned red.
"I'm so sorry, Iblis-san! I know I should've managed my time better, but Rin and I were out late last night because Shura's adoptive little brother wanted to have a party at her place and we wanted them to have fun and I know that I was supposed to come in today to teach your students mythology and—" she started tearing up.
"Hey, slow down and catch your breath. You're only a couple minutes late. Moriyama Shiemi, correct?" He couldn't help himself. When he first came to Assiah, in West Virginia shortly before World War Two began, he learned that manners regarding women were usually enforced. Though when he came, he looked like a college student, he was taught to say 'ma'am' and watch his language. The habit had stuck, and at the moment, blushing and on the verge of tears, she looked so much like Misao had when they had met. He could imagine her with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a sky blue kimono, running into his shop, soaked to the bone… It's not back then anymore. This is Shiemi, not Misao.
She nodded, wiping a tear from her eye.
Shiemi honestly didn't know what to think or expect of anything, really. She was a little more comfortable around people now than she was five years ago, but she wasn't exactly a social butterfly. All she knew was for the past week, Rin had come home complaining about his 'asshole fire brother' and, sometimes, 'those damn kids'. The last thing she expected was the scene in front of her.
Ten students, relatively normal-looking aside from tails and ears, were sitting in a classroom quietly chatting amongst themselves, or reading. Like a normal class. If a normal class consisted of the offspring of the nine most powerful demonic beings in existence.
"Good morning class!" she called, attempting to get their attention. This only resulted in the one with scary red eyes, the one with the brown hair in a ribbon, and the one with pink hair looking up.
She felt a hand on her shoulder. Looking up, she saw Iblis, a gentle smile on his face. "Let me take care of this one, huh?" She stepped aside, letting the redhead demon call them to attention. He slammed his fist on his desk, resulting in a small divot. The class snapped to attention. "You should teach Moriyama-sensei with more respect," he scolded. "Do you really think the poor girl wants to put up with you for an hour? You know very well that you should have had your notebooks out at six o'clock sharp!"
A chorus of apologies came from the class.
"Now, Miss Moriyama, if you would be so kind as to begin your class…"
She certainly didn't expect one of the Demon Kings to be almost… gentlemanly.
She cleared her throat. "Hello, class. My name is Moriyama Shiemi and I'll be teaching you all mythology. We'll begin with reviewing the mythology of the Egyptians and how they tie in to the Demon Kings, God, the angels, and so on. First off, one thing it would do you well to know was that the Ten Plagues really did happen. When Ramses refused to free the slaves, God did do whatever possible to bring them to the Promised Land. Who knows the order of the Plagues?" she searched around for a raised hand. The only one who responded was the normal-looking one, who Rin told her was Mephisto's son. She thought his name was Akashi. She called on him.
"That's easy enough. Blood. Frogs. Gnats. Flies. Killing of the Egyptian beasts. Boils. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Slaying of the firsborn."
"Correct. Who would care to elaborate further on these?"
Huyu raised his hand. "The River Nile was turned into blood, making it unable to use. Frogs infested the entire country. Dust was transformed into gnats and they covered every living thing, be it beast or human. Homes were filled with swarms of flies. The Egyptians' livestock were killed. The Egyptians, who were vain and proud, were covered with sores and boils. The heaviest hail in recorded history fell on Egypt with fire. Locusts killed their crops. A heavy darkness fell upon the land, when the sun didn't rise, the stars didn't shine, and the moon was dark. Finally, He sent the Angel of Death to kill the firstborn of every family. The Pharaoh lost his son. For this reason, beset by grief, he let the Hebrews go."
"Yes! Very good!" she beamed at him. When her grandmother was teaching her this material, it flowed in one ear and out the other. She'd much rather hear of the Amahara Garden, the Garden of Eden, or the land flowing with milk and honey. "Now, we will be learning of the Ancient Egyptian gods and monsters. Can anyone name a figure of Ancient Egyptian mythology that can translate to the world of exorcists?"
Emiko raised her hand. "Thoth was Samael, Nephthys was Egyn, Geb was Amaimon, and..."
"And Bes is Belial in the morning," laughed Tsukino. Emiko glared at him angrily.
"What did you say?" she asked through gritted teeth, preparing to stand up and strangle him.
He shifted in his seat. "That Belial is an extremely fearsome and powerful being, to be treated with respect."
"That's what I thought you said."
Kitkat was actually sort of… enjoying learning about the beliefs of past cultures. How the Demon Kings and Satan translated to gods in goddesses in polytheist religion was intriguing to her. She heard a knock on the classroom door and Moriyama-sensei answered it, showing Rin, who gave her a peck on the cheek.
She decided she liked Moriyama-sensei. She was nice and didn't constantly degrade them or push them too hard, and so far the harshest thing she handed out was a reprimand to Tsukino-san for being disrespectful and interrupting class. She could tell by Iblis' eyes that he wanted to do a lot more than that and the water demon.
"Can I talk to Kitkat?" he asked her, a mischievous light playing in his eyes.
She nodded, smiling.
"Come on." She followed him
"So, Okumura-sensei, what did you want?"
"Well, I have a favor to ask," he turned reddish, pulling something from his coat pocket. A box for a ring. He opened it, showing a silver ring with a soft pink flower that turned a light green towards the end, and in the center rested a small diamond. "I'm going to ask Shiemi to marry me and I want to make it special. And she loves gardens, so I was wondering if you could…"
"Make the Garden of Amahara for her?" She didn't really have that much experience with flowers, but she thought the two deserved something nice to start their lives together. "Well, I'll try. If…" she grinned, "my sessions get cut down to three times a week for a month."
He grinned. "Done!" He led her to a meadow in the middle of the woods on the True Cross campus. It was clear of trees, so she didn't have to take care of any old growth.
First, she took care of the ones she had more experience with—roses, tulips, and the sort. She formed a path lined with roses to a center area where she created a circle of orchids (those took quite an amount of energy to create). She created several more of those paths, each lined with a different flower: tulips, carnations, azaleas, poinsettias, daffodils, Easter lilies, and tiger lilies. The empty spaces she filled in with a mix of leafy plants and smaller flowers, enough to cause small pops of color among the green. Then she tried something she hadn't before: used her powers to kill the grass on the pathways and grow small wildflowers on the paths. When she finished, she wanted to pass out.
Checking back on her, Rin picked her up in a hug so tight, she could hardly breathe. "Thank you so much! She'll love it!"
When Shiemi came to their two-bedroom apartment, Rin was late. She sighed. Since Rin was raised in a Catholic monastery, their relationship had hardly evolved past chaste kisses goodnight and they even lived in separate rooms. 'Not until we marry', he had said. They had been dating for five years and he hadn't proposed to her yet. And Rin had been coming home late, and tonight was no exception. When she heard a key click in the lock, finding Rin's (happier than usual) goofy grin, she threw herself at him. "You're home!"
He smiled. "Yeah. Hey, come on. I want to show you something. It's a surprise." They walked out of their apartment complex together, and when they reached campus, he pulled off his tie and wrapped it around her eyes. She tried to pull the cloth down, but he stopped her. "Shh. No peeking." She wasn't sure about this childish impulse, but she left it be.
After an eternity of walking (towards the end, she could smell trees and… flowers?) he told her to take it off. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. It was nothing less than a fairyland, with paths of wildflowers leading to a central area and hundreds of species of plants surrounding them. The place was lit by ivy poles with floating blue flames on top and fireflies dancing through the air. It was, quite possibly, the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. Together, they walked to the center, where Rin in his suit and tie he had put back on got on one knee. She felt herself tearing up. Could this… really be happening? But when she saw the box that he opened to the most perfect ring in existence, she knew it was.
"Shiemi Moriyama, I met you five years ago in the most magical garden in existence. But it wasn't because of the plants. It was you. You looked so beautiful and happy in there that I thought you were a garden fairy, because you were too perfect to be human. And since then… since that first date, nothing has made me any less sure of my conviction of one thing. I love you, Shiemi, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. No matter what. Will you be my wife?"
In tears of happiness, she put on the ring. "Yes. Yes!"
Getting up, relief plain on his face, he lifted her and spun her and circles, finally kissing her. "You have made me the happiest man alive, Shiemi."
A/N: You will see everyone (except Takara) at some point throughout the story, so expect to be seeing some Izumo.
Also, in case you didn't get Tsukino's joke, Bes is known for being rather… unappealing.
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