Disclaimer: If I owned Yu Yu Hakusho, would I be writing this right now? NO!
I have to continue, no matter how brain-dead and idea-less I am. I HAVE to. I started a new project, and then deleted it by accident, and it was REALLY good, too! Argh! But I shouldn't have. I MUST finish this first. So, I will.
Chapter 13 Title chapter
BD curled her knees up to her chest, her eyes wide and unblinking. Deep in thought, she slowly began to rock back and forth in the tree, just outside of Genkai's. It was sometime past two in the morning, but she couldn't sleep. Her head throbbed painfully, and she couldn't figure out why.
The figure cloaked in black . . . he'd stolen that golden book thingy. Yeah. Suddenly she was struck forcefully with a thought, so forcefully in fact that she managed to fall out of the tree.
"Oww . . . damnit!" she cursed, rubbing her back. Standing swiftly, she ran around Genkai's temple to the back, headed for the spot where they'd fought with the demon only hours ago.
"Aha!" she proclaimed excitedly. In the spot where a dead demon should lie, only a small puddle of sticky blue blood remained. Searching the spot for footprints, she found none. As she headed back, considering the possibility that a wild animal or two had eaten him, she stepped in a spot of sticky blood.
"Oh, gross!" she backed up, only to step in the large puddle where he'd been slain.
"EWWW!" leaping several feet backwards, she sat down to rub her head a bit, which was still throbbing with a migraine. As she wiped the blood from her foot, she heard soft footsteps padding around the blood, and directly towards her.
"Genkai?" she asked, seeing only a short figure in the dark.
"Yes, what are you doing out here in the dark? You woke us all up, and scared the hell out of Amori," Genkai informed her.
BD blinked. "Oh. Gomen nasai," she apologized. "But Genkai, look. The demon . . . he isn't dead!"
Genkai lifted her hands, illuminating the entire area with her reiki's blue light. Indeed, next to the large, sticky, gross puddle of bluish blood, was another one. Smaller, but still there. Genkai walked over to it, and as her light followed her, they saw another spot of blood. And another, and another . . .
"Footsteps!" BD shouted in triumph.
Genkai rolled her eyes. "Duh."
Another figure had walked up to them, staying in the shadows behind them, away from the bluish glow. As they turned back, he was uncovered by the glow emitting from Genkai's hands.
"Hiei?" BD asked dumbly.
"Duh," Genkai said again.
"Hn." Hiei stared at them both; his look was all that was required to demand an explanation.
"Footsteps!" BD shouted again, pointing. Hiei gave her a quizzical look, and Genkai sighed.
"The demon you guys supposedly killed is alive," Genkai said coolly. Hiei seemed unimpressed.
"I thought so," he said quietly.
BD plopped herself down on the ground again, rubbing her temples. The other two stared at her.
"My head," she explained, "it hurts."
Hiei shrugged, turning to Genkai.
"Advil?" she suggested.
The three of them made their way back into the temple, none tired. Now that they'd been awoken, none of them saw the need to go back to sleep.
"Tea?" Genkai offered, sipping her own. Hiei and BD sweat dropped, and accepted.
"What does he want?" BD asked.
"We aren't sure," Genkai answered. "If you want answers, you'll have to speak with Koenma."
"Ugh, that stupid toddler-baby? He knows things?" BD seemed surprised, as Hiei just stared at her, wondering where all the stupidity was coming from.
"He is head of Reikai," Hiei added as an afterthought.
"Oh, yeah," BD mumbled. "Forgot."
"BD no baka," Genkai piped, sipping her tea noisily.
Standing up from her spot on the floor around Genkai's table, BD promptly fell down again. Genkai showed a faint spark of concern, and Hiei 'hn-ed.'
"I'm okay," she said. "No need to help," she added sarcastically. Standing again, BD flicked on the light, to reveal Yukina.
Blinking, Yukina was just walking in from the hallway. Hiei looked up with interest, only to turn back to his tea quickly. Yukina smiled.
"Couldn't sleep?" Genkai asked.
"No," Yukina confessed. "Is she okay?" Yukina motioned to BD, who was sitting on the floor rubbing her temples again.
"Yes," Hiei and Genkai said at the same time.
BD glared at them. "Guys, we have to find out where that demon went."
"The demon . . .?" Yukina asked, shocked. "Another one?"
"No, the same one," Hiei said.
"How do we find him?" BD asked.
Genkai sighed. "I thought we've been over this. Koenma."
"Oh," Yukina seemed nervous now.
"Don't worry, you'll be safe here." Hiei's voice startled them all, and Yukina smiled.
"Arigatou," she bowed politely. Hiei only 'hn-ed' and looked into his teacup, to occupy himself.
Filled with inspiration, BD leapt to her feet. "We should go get him!"
Genkai rolled her eyes. "Count me out."
"Uhh, I think I have to stay here . . . sorry . . ." Yukina mumbled.
BD sighed. "That's okay! Hiei and I'll go! Right Hiei?"
Hiei twitched in annoyance.
"Please?" she begged in response. Genkai smiled in amusement, and Yukina gave a slight giggle.
"Get the fox to do it," Hiei spat, turning away.
"Aww, but I want you to go!" she protested.
"What does that mean?!"
BD sighed. "You're so impossible! Ugh!"
Yukina laughed aloud, amused. Genkai smiled and sipped her tea again. And Hiei smirked, having won his argument as usual.
"You're still going," BD announced as she pranced out of the room, going to find her shoes. Which, she suddenly thought, would have been helpful for not stepping in the icky blue blood.
Yukina laughed harder, patting Hiei on the back. "It'll be fun, going to Reikai," she comforted him.
"Hn," he mumbled in defeat, following BD out of the temple with his arms folded across his chest in defiance.
"You think they'll survive each other?" Genkai mused.
" . . . Well I hope so, but . . ." Yukina said quietly, and then laughed.
Sleepily stamping away at his papers, Koenma was just hoping for a trained circus monkey, minding his own business. Botan was asleep in her bedroom, duh, and George the faithful oni was elsewhere, probably slacking off as usual.
Koenma snorted and continued to stamp his papers with his little stamp thingy, pausing only to dip it in red ink.
Suddenly, the door to his office burst, and Hiei and BD barged in. BD was shouting.
"You just can't handle the fact that I won, and you lost, so just get over it!" she was saying.
"I didn't lose anything, I only came because you can't handle it yourself," he said, louder than his usual tone of voice.
"Hn," he added for good measure.
"Well hn back at you!" she yelled.
Koenma's jaw dropped, wondering just how badly he needed that circus monkey. Note to self, he thought, get circus monkey to do job for me. Too much stress.
"Hello . . .?" Koenma offered casually.
"Hello!" BD answered with a rage. Koenma cocked a confused brow.
"What seems to be the problem?" he asked.
"The demon's alive," Hiei said quickly. "Tell us where it is so we can kill it."
"It's what?!" Koenma's eyes went swirly.
"Enough with the surprise! Just find it!" BD yelled, in a bad mood.
Koenma flipped through channels for what seemed like an eternity, before turning to his guests.
"I can't find it!" he announced.
BD rubbed her temples. "This isn't helping," she mumbled.
"Got a headache?" Koenma asked. BD nodded in response.
"You know, I had a this weird dream that the scary demon guy was trying to kill me. It was freaky, because then it happened." BD randomly brushed her fingers through her hair.
Koenma pondered this, thoughtful for a moment. "BD," he started. "Concentrate very, very hard . . . I think the demon, or at least his energy, is residing inside your . . . Uhh . . . head."
"NANI?!" BD's eyes went swirly, and Hiei looked mildly surprised.
"Yes," Koenma said. "Now, concentrate."
BD closed her eyes and thought, but couldn't make anything work.
"You'll have to get someone to go in through telepathy. Amori would work well, since you used to live in her head, I think," Koenma had barely finished speaking when Hiei closed his eyes and telepathically contacted BD.
She twitched for a moment, flinching as though in pain. Hiei writhed a bit where he was standing, and all of this scared Koenma quite a bit.
"Or," he added, "We can all just not listen to me."
Opening their eyes simultaneously and panting, Hiei and BD stared at each other, wide-eyed.
"And . . .?" Koenma asked.
"How the hell do you live with that in your head?!" Hiei gasped.
BD blinked, resembling an imbecile. " . . . Huh?"
Hiei turned to Koenma and nodded. "He's in there."
Koenma stared. "Well . . ." he pondered.
"Well . . . spit it out! What do we do?!" BD snapped.
Koenma sweat dropped. "You aren't going to like it, but . . ."
~*~*~*~*(Koenma gives the plan, and . . .)
"NO." Hiei said.
"You have to!" Koenma argued. "She could die."
Hiei seemed unaffected by this.
"Hiei, I don't want to die, so get your sorry little ass inside my head now!" she paused. "And I can't believe I just said that."
Hiei snorted. "Make somebody else go in there. I'm not."
"You didn't have a problem about going the first time!" BD argued.
"That was before I knew what was in there, baka."
BD's lip quivered. "Onegai?"
Hiei gave her a look of disgust. "You think that's going to win me over? Hn. Baka."
~*~*~*~*(Four and a half minutes later)
BD twitched in pain, as a battle ensued inside her head. Hiei's eyes were closed tight in concentration, as he reached her mind through telepathy. BD yelped in pain, as now there were three subconscious in her head, instead of one. Hers, Hiei's, and the mystery demon guy's, and they were all causing her head to throb painfully.
"Why me . . .?" she managed to mumble, as Koenma watched from his comfortable position in his chair.
After several minutes of writhing, twitching, and a scary sort of battle inside BD's head, Hiei came back to reality.
BD blinked. "Did it work?"
He glared at her. "The damn thing . . . it gave me a headache . . ."
Koenma looked nervous. "So . . . you did kill it, right?"
Hiei scowled at the world. "That was only its subconscious, baka!"
"Ooh," BD and Koenma shared a moment of epiphany.
"So now . . . we have to find it!!" BD shouted in triumph, having understood.
Hiei nodded solemnly, pointing to the TV thingy. Koenma, right on cue, picked up his remote and flicked through the channels.
After nearly an hour of searching, Koenma shouted. "AHA!"
BD rubbed her eyes sleepily, waking from a dreamless sleep. Remembering where she was, she felt something leaning against her back . . . breathing . . .
"ACK! HIEI!" she shouted, scrambling to her feet. They'd fallen asleep, leaning back-to-back, sitting beside Koenma's desk. Hiei fell backwards when she stood, and glared angrily at her.
"What?!" he snapped. She blushed heavily, and he remembered where they were.
Koenma just rolled his eyes. "I found him," he announced weakly.
Indeed, there was the mystery demon, on the screen. He was in Makai, sitting in a tree, healing himself.
"Let's go kill him!" BD grinned an evil sort of grin. Koenma blinked.
"Well, he isn't doing anything wrong anymore."
"So you're saying we can't kill him?" Hiei looked annoyed. "All that for nothing?"
"Well, I didn't die," BD piped. "Does that count?"
The other two looked at her for a moment, and Koenma nodded, if only to shut her up.
Botan walked out of her bedroom, rubbing her eyes sleepily. "Ohiyo," she noticed BD and Hiei. "Eek! Hi guys!"
BD nodded a greeting, and Hiei, once again, 'hn-ed.'
Smiling giddily, Botan bounced over to her friends. "I have to work today," she said sadly.
"We were just leaving," Hiei said coldly, turning to leave without BD.
"Hiei!! Sorry, Botan. I think we should go, though. Thanks, Koenma. My head feels better," BD turned to Koenma, who, surprisingly enough, was a teenager now.
"Yo," he said.
"AAH!" BD stumbled backwards a little, and Koenma laughed.
Botan rolled her eyes. "Oh, Koenma, always joking."
Koenma shrugged. "I was bored, so sue me."
Hiei looked disgusted with all of them. "I'm leaving now," he announced, and continued to do just that: leave.
Botan waved and smiled, "Bye BD!" With that, she hopped onto her oar and flew out, straight past BD and Hiei as they left.
"Wait for me!" BD yelped, chasing Hiei down. He didn't stop, and neither did she . . . instead, she pounced onto his shoulders and tackled him to the ground.
"What the hell was that for?!" he snapped angrily, standing up, ready to kill. She sweat dropped and giggled, and stood to brush herself off.
"Sorry, Hiei. I forgot your . . . um . . . smallness."
Hiei's right eye twitched spasmodically.
Giggling, she pulled him into a hug, only infuriating him further. "C'mon, let's go!"
"STOP!" he screeched, louder than Hiei is supposed to. BD stared at him, blinking.
"Y-Yes . . .?"
"Why . . ." he said, twitching, "must you do that?"
A small grin graced her features. "Because, you're so cuddly and kawaii!"
Hiei twitched a bit more, and BD trotted off without him.
~*~*~*~*(Two and a half minutes later, Reikai hallway, where we left our good pal Hiei)
BD wandered back up, and there stood Hiei. Right where she'd left him. Twitching.
"You gonna be okay, buddy?" she asked, poking him.
He turned his eyes to face her, and she cringed. Hiei looked quite scary.
"Don't . . . touch me."
"Okay," she said, backing away. "I won't touch you, then. Just don't like . . . kill me . . . and everything will be okay."
"Thank you," he said, and walked calmly down the hallway. Shaking her head in confusion, she followed.
~*~*~*~*~*(Reikai, back in Koenma's office)
"Koenma, sir!" Botan called, racing through the hallway on her oar.
"Yes, Botan?" he asked, still teenage.
"I have to tell you—and why are you still teenage?" she asked, blinking.
"Well anyway, that demon that Yusuke killed, he—"
"Yes, he's alive," Koenma said. "Why?"
"He's back in Ningenkai," she told him, "And he's just killed an innocent little girl."
"NANI?!" Koenma nearly had a heart attack.
~*~*~*~*~*(Yukimura Ramen Shop)
"Do we have to?" Keiko whined.
"Hiei's my friend, too! Just like Kuwabara. We can't just not invite him to the wedding!" Yusuke argued.
Ring Ring! Went Yusuke's communication mirror. Sliding it out of his pocket, he flicked it open to reveal a panicked and teenaged Koenma.
"Sir?" Yusuke asked, baffled.
"It's me, you dunce! Koenma!" he shouted, changing back.
"Ahh, there's my favorite kindergartner. What's up?" Yusuke asked.
Koenma sighed. "Remember that demon you killed at Genkai's? You may want to go kill it again."
"DAMNIT!" Yusuke shouted. "All right, I'll save the world for you, but it'd better not take long!"
Hanging up with Koenma, he turned to Keiko.
"I'm sorry," he mumbled, hugging her shoulders gently. "I'll be back soon, I swear."
Keiko nodded sadly, and watched from the window as he raced off down the street.
~*~*~*~*~*~*(Genkai's Temple, roughly an hour later)
Yusuke burst through the door, obviously pissed.
"Where is he?" he snapped.
Kurama stood up from where he'd been seated. "I know where he's gone. Botan already contacted me."
"Where are Hiei and Kuwabara?" Yusuke asked.
Genkai piped up. "Hiei and BD went to Reikai, I'm sure they know by now and are on their way back, and we couldn't get hold of Kuwabara."
"I tried," Yukina said sadly, looking at the floor. Kurama winced, as she was obviously still pining for the big orange-haired oaf.
Genkai nodded. "But you two will be fine, Hiei should be here any second, they left several hours ago."
"I'm here!" BD called out, entering through the back door. She walked into the room where everybody else was, and Hiei followed.
"Mission, Hiei. Let's go," Yusuke said impatiently. Hiei 'hn-ed' and followed, still a bit twitchy.
"Ja!" BD waved cheerily as they left. Turning to Yukina, she saw that Yukina was not quite as happy.
"What's wrong, Yukina?" BD asked, eyes full of concern.
Amori yawned, as she walked into the room. Sleepily she looked at everyone else.
"Ohiyo," she mumbled, rubbing her eyes.
BD shook her head. "And to think we were once attached. It's like . . . 3 in the afternoon."
"Oh," Amori smiled.
"Have a nice sleep?" Yukina said politely, masking her sadness.
Amori nodded, completely oblivious. "And yourself?"
Yukina nodded back, as Genkai and BD shook their heads in disgust.
"Enough of happy hour. What's the matter, Yukina? Tell me." BD looked Yukina in the eye, demanding that the sadness come back and explain itself.
"It's just . . ." she eyed Amori carefully. "Nothing."
BD rolled her eyes. "You hide your emotions, just like— never mind."
Genkai, Amori, and Yukina all gave BD looks of 'okaaaaaay . . .'
BD sweat dropped and turned to Amori. "Go make yourself breakfast, or lunch, or something."
"Okay . . ." Amori looked puzzled, but she was hungry anyway.
Genkai looked at Yukina as well, as if asking her the same question.
"Are you okay?" BD prodded again.
Yukina nodded. "Yes, I'm fine."
Genkai gave up, and followed Amori into the kitchen. BD wasn't so quick to give it up.
"Yukina, you can tell me. It's Kuwabara, isn't it?" she asked, already knowing the answer.
Yukina looked down at the floor, and nodded.
BD shook her head. "Listen, you have to forget him. He's a loser. You know he is, when he goes out with Amori," BD explained.
Yukina still looked upset, so BD continued.
"You'll find somebody better," she comforted.
"Arigatou," Yukina said politely. "I feel much better."
~*~*~*~*~*(Random area of Random Forest-y place)
"He's around here somewhere," Kurama announced.
"Right," Yusuke looked around, trying to sense the demon. Hiei followed silently.
"We've never had a mission with just the three of us," Yusuke mused. "I think I like it."
Hiei nodded silently in agreement.
"I admit, it is quieter," Kurama said, feeling guilty to admit that Kuwabara was a nuisance.
Yusuke pointed into the shadows, directly to the group's left. Kurama pulled out his rose and held it elegantly, and Hiei unsheathed his katana in a quick motion.
"There," Yusuke said, pointing.
The familiar, dark cloaked figure stepped out of the shadows. It's clothing was torn and tattered, though it's face still invisible to the Tantei.
"Very good," it congratulated in a raspy voice. "I expected you to find me, though not so quickly."
"Who are—" Yusuke started.
"Spare us your heroism," Hiei snapped, slicing at the demon sharply. Kurama and Yusuke blinked a few times before helping. Hiei was attacking the demon with a vengeance, taking out his rage. Their opponent shrieked in rage as Hiei's sword penetrated its chest, spurting the familiar dark blue blood.
Yusuke was ready to say that Hiei had won, and allowed his hand to drop to his side. Kurama, however, continued to attack the demon. Slicing cleanly from one side, the Rose Whip cut through the demon's waistline in a diagonal line.
Shrieking in pain, the demon's top half separated from the bottom, and he was dead. For effect, and his own pleasure, Hiei twisted his sword back and forth a few times inside the demon's chest. Making an awful crack sound, Yusuke winced.
"Okay, pal, that's enough," Yusuke coaxed. "Let's get out of here."
"Not so fast, Yusuke," Kurama argued. "First we should see who it really is."
Kurama walked up behind Hiei to unveil the corpse, as Hiei continued to mutilate it. Gently pushing him aside, Kurama unmasked the demon.
"As I suspected. A low-class thief that stole some power," Kurama pointed to the demon's chest, which was now split wide open, and a red energy was slowly dying.
"I see," Yusuke mumbled. "Now can we go? I have a wedding to plan."
"Hn," Hiei shook his head in disgust, his mind elsewhere.
As they walked back, Yusuke began to babble about his wedding. Though he usually kept up his badass front, this event was exciting him.
Nearing the portal to Ningenkai, Hiei surprised them all, "Kurama, I have a question."
Kurama blinked. "Um, sure Hiei. Shoot."
Yusuke stopped walking and turned around, so that the three of them formed a triangle where they were standing. Hiei looked up and them, sighing.
After a pause, Yusuke piped, "And? Your question, while we're still young?"
Kurama 'ahem-ed,' "Well I am over four hundred . . ."
"Not the point, fox boy."
Hiei felt incredibly violated now, and felt the need to do something about it. Ignoring Yusuke, he turned to Kurama instead.
"Kurama, you've had obsessive girls after you, what do you do?" his serious voice didn't stop Yusuke from laughing.
Kurama had to put a hand over his mouth to hide a smirk. "Y-Yes Hiei, I have . . ." he managed, choking back hysterics.
Hiei looked quite displeased, and a bit distressed. "And?"
"Just don't kill them," Kurama snorted and suddenly began to walk again. "Come on, let's go." He jogged a few strides ahead, with Yusuke alongside. They laughed together.
"That's what she said," Hiei twitched, and followed. That was more than he'd planned on enduring today.
~*~*~*~*~*~*(Genkai's Temple, Hiei's bedroom, 3 AM)
Sighing contentedly, Hiei wondered why he'd never agreed to stay here before. This was way, way nicer than any tree he'd ever slept in. Turning over to stare at the wall, he thought about Yukina. After a few minutes, he slid off his bandana to watch her. Of course, he could have just walked to her room, but this bed was so much more comfortable.
As he watched Yukina sleep, he heard his bedroom door slide open, then closed. Sitting up quickly, he saw the one and only. His stalker.
With a twitch, he demanded, "What do you want?"
"To see you," she grinned truthfully.
He muttered profanities under his breath, wishing she'd leave him alone. "Don't you sleep?" he grumbled irritably.
She shook her head.
"Piss off," she retorted.
"Kiss my ass." Hiei was quick witted, good for an insult fight.
"Gladly," she said simply.
BD blinked, thinking. Hiei stared at her, wondering if she was thinking . . . no!
He scowled, "Why . . . just go. Leave."
BD smiled through her blush. "Nah, I think I like your room better."
He looked at her, his face puzzled. "Why?"
She rolled her eyes. "Because, you're in it."
Hiei looked petrified for a moment, before glaring at her. "Leave, before I set you on fire," he threatened.
"Try me," she stuck her tongue out defiantly.
He clenched his fist, resisting all temptation to cause her spontaneous combustion. Of course, he would, if it weren't for Yukina. The house could catch fire, and he didn't want that.
Turning away, he thought about his sister a bit more. BD watched him from behind, as he stared at the wall.
"Is the wall really that interesting?" she asked.
Hiei practically exploded. "Baka!! I'm thinking!"
BD cringed, feigning a hurt expression. Hiei, being Hiei, didn't care in the least. He just thought. Contemplating 'tell her, or not?' as he did often, more often than anyone knew.
Suddenly he gasped, as a gentle hand touched his shoulder. Turning to face her, instead of anger, she saw a shocked look.
"What?!" he demanded again. "I just want to be left alone."
"But that's not good for you. Let it out," BD advised.
"Let what out?" An honest question on Hiei's part.
"Um, your feelings? I don't know, I'm new to the emotion crap," she confessed. "I'm only trying to help, work with me here."
Hiei shook his head in silence. "Fool."
"I'll take that as a compliment, if only to piss you off," she said.
And it worked pretty damn well, too.
"Would you just . . ." he started.
She finished for him. "Go away? Leave you alone?"
"Yes," he said matter-of-factly.
BD shook her head. "Nope. Not until you open up and tell me what's the matter."
"I told you already," he answered truthfully after a moment.
"Yukina, you mean?"
Hiei nodded, and glared. "So go."
BD smiled. "You're in luck! I have a suggestion!"
He rolled his eyes. "You and the rest of the worlds."
"I knew you were going to say that. No."
"Why not?" she demanded. "Yukina deserves to know!"
"That's what Kurama says. She doesn't want a convict for a brother," Hiei told her. "I know."
"If I had a brother, I'd want him to be just like you." Emphasizing on the last three words, she gave him a light hug. He pushed her away, and in a blur he was out of the room.
Demons, he could handle. Nagging friends, he could tolerate. But this, this was too much.
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