WELL, HERE I AM AGAIN. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY THREE INUYASHA FICS, I'LL STILL BE UPDATING THOSE. I DON'T REALLY HAVE TIME TO WORK ON THE CROSSOVER, BUT I JUST HAD TO START WRITING THIS FIC.

I'VE READ SO MANY KENSHIN HIGH SCHOOL FICS, AND SO MANY KENSHIN THE BATTOUSAI FICS, BUT I'VE NEVER READ ANY KENSHIN THE BATTOUSAI HIGHSCHOOL FICS, SO I DECIDED I HAD TO WRITE ONE!!!! OH, AND ONE MORE THING. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOLS, SO I'M BASING IT OFF AMERICAN ONES, WHICH I DO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT. (AFTER ALL, I AM A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT).

ONE QUICK NOTE. IN THIS FIC, ALL THE MAIN MALE CHARACTERS DO KENDO,OR WHATEVER ITS CALLED. THEY ALL ARE A PART OF THE CLUB AT SCHOOL, AND THEY FIGHT WITH SWORDS, ETC. EVEN SANOSUKE USES A REGULAR SWORD. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THAT, TOUGH.

*Disclaimer* If you think I own Kenshin, you should get your head examined.

CHAPTER 1:

Everyone had heard of the Battousai. They whispered his name in fear. He was the assassin of the night.

Unlike most modern assassins, he did not kill with a gun, but with a sword, using the ancient technique of Hiten Mitsurugi.

His blade was filled with a darkness that rivaled hell, but it also held a holy light. After all, he called himself Heaven't Justice.

He could kill with ease, without remorse, and his soul remained untainted, if he even had one. He was the coldest man there ever was.

No one could catch him. Not the police, not the F.B.I. He seemed unstoppable.

Then, one day, he disappeared...

***

Karou, Megumi, and Sanosuke were eating lunch outside. After all, it was such a nice day, and the cafeteria was so congested. They sat at a table together, enjoying their lunch, talking like regular high school students...

So, what'd you get on that math test, Kaoru? Sanosuke asked. It was really hard.

Kaoru said happily.

Sanosuke cried. I got a C.

Megumi said, If you ever studied instead of working out, then you might actually graduate.

What was that?! cried Sanosuke.

Megumi did her trademark fox laugh.

Kaoru said. What'd you get, Megumi?

A, of course.

Wow, that's awesome.

At that moment, Aoshi walked up to their table. Hey, guys, can I sit with you?

Yeah, sure, Kaoru said, a little suprised. Aoshi didn't usually eat with them. What's going on, Aoshi?

Errrr... Nothing.

Oh I get it, Sanosuke said. Misao's been embarrassing you again. That girl is head over heals in love with you.

Aoshi looked down, his cheeks reddening slightly. Well, it's not really important. Anyway, did you hear we're getting a new student.

New student? Kaoru, as usual, was clueless.

Megumi said. He's supposed to be really hot. Her face turned a bit dreamy.

Sanosuke scoffed. Who cares about that? I heard that he's really good at kendo.

That ought to prove an interesting challenge, said Aoshi.

He's coming tommorrow, Megumi said excitedly.

What's the big deal? asked Kaoru. It's just a new student. (Whoa, is she in for a suprise!)

***

Kenshin walked down the hallway, feeling rather nervous. It was ironic, really. He had been the most feared assassin who ever lived, yet he was afraid of going to high school. Despite being very smart, he had never gone to school in his life. He was seventeen, and although he probably didn't need school, he did need to learn more about ordinary society.

Kenshin could feel the stares other students gave him. Not only because he was new, but because of his slightly strange appearance. His long, red hair was tied back in a low ponytail, and his large purple eyes gleamed. There was a cross-shaped scar on his left cheek.

Kenshin glanced down at the scrap of paper in his hand. His first class was Physics, with Mr. Whitters. Room 107.

When he reached the room, he walked in, feeling more nervous than he ever had before.

There were about twelve people already in the classroom, milling around and talking to each other. Kenshin set his backpack down nervously on his desk.

The rest of class glanced at him. Kenshin tried to smile, but didn't think that he'd succeeded. After all, it had been so long since he'd smiled.

***

Definitely not. Misao is the only girl for Aoshi, Kaoru said.

said Megumi. Whoever gets him is lucky. He's such a hunk. Speaking of hunks... Megumi glanced across the room at the new guy. He was absolutely gorgeous, with long red hair and a cute cross-shaped scar, and those deep purple eyes...

Is that the new guy? asked Kaoru.

Yeah... Isn't he dreamy?

I'm gonna go say hi.

Wait, Kaoru!

Kaoru had already walked over to the new boy. Hi. I'm Kaoru Kamiya. I'm guessing you're new. Welcome to Kasmatubu High School. She extended her hand.

He stared at it for a moment uncomfortably. Then he slowly extended his hand.

Kaoru couldn't help but wonder: Has he ever shook hands with someone before?

I'm Kenshin Himura.

Kaoru barely supressed a gasp as their hands touched. His handshake was gently, but she felt something pass through her like electricity, as if Kenshin held some kind of unfathomable power. This is just weird, she thought. Then she noticed something else as their hands seperated. There was a small blister on his hand... That could only come from holding a sword.

Meanwhile, Kenshin was reflecting on how soft her hands were. They reminded him of... No, he would not think about her.

Hey, do you do kendo? Kaoru asked.

Kenshin froze. What was he supposed to say? He couldn't blatently lie, but he couldn't let anyone find out... Umm, a little.

Awesome. So, are you coming to the kendo meet after school today?

Errr, I can't. I mean, I have somewhere to go.

Oh. Well, that's cool.

They were interrupted by Mr. Whitters' voice. Everyone sit down. It's time to begin class.

As clas progressed, Kaoru learned something a little suprising. Kenshin was very, very, smart... Probably even smarted than Megumi. He seemed to know everything about Physics. She wondered if he was that smart in every subject.

***

Just when Kenshin felt that everything was going okay, it was time for lunch. He entered the congested cafeteria, and looked around at all the crowded tables. Where can I sit? he thought. Oh well, best to deal with that later.

He got in line and bought a sandwich. Then he walked out into the cafeteria. If was crazy and loud, and to be honest, terrified him. Suddenly his keen senses picked up something whizzing toward his head. He quickly ducked as a cup flew over his head. What the hell? he thought. As it turns out, he was right in the middle of a food fight. Quickly, he headed towards the door, having resolved to eat outside.

***

Sanosuke was getting his lunch before heading outside to eat with Megumi and Sano. His eyes picked up the new kid's flaming red hair across the cafeteria. Suddenly, the boy ducked as a cup flew right where his head had been.

Sano's eyesbrows rose. That was moving fast, and it was coming from behind him. He must have pretty good reflexes to be able to dodge that. Maybe he really is good at kendo. That would be lots of fun.

***

Kenshin walked outside, the quiet a great blessing. He had not been in many crowded places in his life. He had always been isolated, alone. Not that he wasn't still alone.

Kenshin sat down on a nice patch of grass, and was about to start eating when he heard Kaoru's voice. Hey! Kenshin! Come eat over here! Come on!

Kenshin was suprised. Someone wanted him to eat with them? Well, he might as well. Kenshin stood up and walked over to the table. He sat down awkwardly.

Kenshin, this is Megumi and Sanosuke. Guys, this is Kenshin.

Hey Kenshin, Sano said.

Why hello, Megumi said, batting her eyelashes.

Kenshin said, totally clueless to Megumi's attention, and also clueless to Kaoru's annoyance with Megumi's antics.

So, Kenshin, do you do kendo? It was Sanosuke who asked. I saw you dodge that cup in the cafeteria. You have good reflexes.

It wasn't anything, really, but I do a little kendo.

So, are you coming after school?

He can't, Kaoru said. He has something to do.

What could be more important than kendo? cried Sano.

I don't know. What are you doing, Kenshin?

Kenshin knew he had to think of something fast. For an assassin, he really didn't lie that much. After all, he almost never talked to people. I, uh, have to go to a family thing.

That sucks, said Sano.

Are you coming tommorrow, then? Megumi asked.

I don't know, Kenshin said uncertainly.

Well you can't avoid it forever, Sano said. I'm looking forward to pounding you.

cried Kaoru.

I meant it as a compliment. It's been a while since I fought anyone good, except Aoshi.

What about Lord Aoshi? They all turned to see the only person who it could possibly be. Misao.

Hi, Misao, Kaoru said.

Hi Kaoru. Who's this? Misao asked, indicating Kenshin.

I'm Kenshin Himura.

Cool. I'm Misao.

Kenshin does kendo, Sanosuke informed her.

Really? Are you any good?

Oro? I don't know. Kenshin laughed a little.

He's good, Sanosuke said.

But how do you know that- Kenshin began, but Misao cut him off.

Well, he may be good, but no one can beat Lord Aoshi!

Everyone at the table sweat-dropped.

Anyway, do you guys know what today is? asked Kaoru.

asked Megumi.

It's been exactly a month since the Battousai has killed.

Kenshin froze. Oh God, oh God, he thought. Now what?

Yeah, I heard about that, said Misao.

He's never gone this long without killing before, Megumi said.

Maybe he's stopped killing, suggested Kaoru.

I don't think so, said Sanosuke. His face had turned dark an angry. That bastard won't ever stop killing.

Kaoru felt bad, suddenly remembering that Captain Sagara, Sanosuke's surogate father, had been killed by the Battousai. Just then, she noticed Kenshin's face. Say, Kenshin, are you okay?

Everyone turned to look at Kenshin, whose face was a pale mask. Um, yeah, he lied. I'm fine. It's just, I, um...

Did you loose someone to the Batttousai also? Sanosuke asked.

Kenshin said.

Yeah. My surogate father, Captain Sagara.

Suddenly an image passed through Kenshin's head. The dark eyes and hair... The brandished sword. Then a scream... Blood... Blood everywhere... Blood covering everything... Blood. It was on his clothes. It was infecting him. He couldn't get away from it. The body fell to the floor, limp. Dead eyes stared up at him....

Kaoru said. You're white as a ghost. Are you sure you're okay?

Did someone you know die because of the Battousai? Sano asked again.

Kenshin said finally. And it was true. He could still see her face... Tomoe... Someone very special to me.

I'm sorry, Kenshin, Kaoru said, touching his arm gently.

You shouldn't be, Kenshin thought, You shouldn't feel sorry for a murderer.

BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN, JUST LET ME TELL YOU SOME STUFF. I KNOW THAT KENSHIN DIDN'T KILL CAPTAIN SAGARA, BUT I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD HELP THE FIC IF HE HAD. ALSO, I REALIZE KENSHIN IS A LITTLE OOC, BUT THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT. THE KENSHIN IN THE SERIES HAD BEEN A WANDERER FOR TEN YEARS. THIS KENSHIN STOPPED BEING A MANSLAYER A MONTH AGO. HE'S NEVER BEEN A PART OF SOCIETY, AND HE'S REALLY NERVOUS. HE HAS NO IDEA HOW TO ACT. ANYWAY, IF YOU WANT MORE, PLEASE REVIEW!