Hey all! I don't own Kenshin & Co. But I do own a few of the characters that will be appearing in this fic. I will tell you which one's they are as the story progresses. They are from my book that I am writing. I hope you all liked the first chapter!
Thanks for all the lovely reviews! I just hope that I would be able to continue. I have been so busy as of late, I don't even know if I will be able to keep my job!
Chapter Two: Cross-dressers
At the sound of Kaoru's outburst, Sanosuke, Yahiko, and Kenshin entered the room. What she said was true, the man, was a woman.
"Wow, she's cute!" Sanosuke said, which lead Migumi to look up abruptly, kinda hurt.
"Yeah, a lot cuter that you, Kaoru…" Yahiko said and smirked at his own joke. Kaoru shot him the death glare and dope slapped him.
Kenshin chuckled slightly and thought, I think Kaoru is much cuter than this woman is… She is the cutest one in here, that she most certainly is.
"Mhmmm… Otosa…" the woman muttered as she slowly regained consciousness. This smell, it reminded her of home. The smell of a… a dojo. Her house smelled of one too… Otosa…
"Are you alright, miss?" Migumi asked, she was surprised that the woman could be up so quickly from all the blood loss.
"Where… am I?" the woman managed to say, she winced and grabbed at her side, then noticed that her chest was cold and shot straight up and forgot the fact that her side ached like all the seven hells.
Migumi placed her hands at the injured woman's shoulders and pushed her down. "You are at the Kamiya Kasshin Dojo. I am Migumi. One of the local doctors."
She was right. It was a dojo. She smiled slightly, she then remembered the pain and shouted out a curse and winced.
Kenshin and Kaoru both backed away slightly at the woman's language. Sanosuke couldn't help but laugh and Yahiko stared in wide eyed shock at what the woman said.
Migumi kept her hands at the woman's shoulders. "Watch your tongue, you are a woman therefore you should act like one. But please, don't take Kaoru's path to smelly tom-boydom…" Migumi said harshly. She just HAD to add on the bit about Kaoru, she couldn't help it.
"MIGUMI! HOW DARE YOU!" Kaoru shouted, obviously outraged. She was so not a tom-boy, and she was so not smelly…
"Calm down, Miss Kaoru, I do not think you are smelly, that I don't." Kenshin tried to reassure her. Migumi shot him a dirty/ hurt look and returned her attention to the woman.
"Are you feeling any better, Miss? You had a very serious wound. Be glad that I got here in time, other wise, you would have died." Migumi said softly.
"I thank you for your time. I could have managed by myself, though…" the young woman said bitterly. She scanned the room slowly with her dark eyes. There were three men, and two women (not including herself, of course…)
"Yeah right," Migumi scoffed. "You were almost dead when you passed out in front of this dojo. Now, do you mind answering some questions for us?"
"I do not mind to answer your questions." the young woman said, closing her eyes and folding her arms in front of her chest.
"Good. Now, first off, what's your name?" Migumi said, in a certain business-woman tone of voice.
"Nigumi. Sakura Nigumi." Sakura said, not opening her eyes.
"Good, pleasure to meet you, Miss Nigumi. Now, how exactly did you receive such a serious wound?" Migumi continued. Slight concern edging into her features and her voice.
"I got this wound a long time ago. When I was about nine years old. When…" her voice trailed off as she remembered her painful experience that fateful day. The day… her father was…
"What happened. I'm sorry for being so forward, but I am just curious. I've never seen a wound such as this."
Sakura took a deep breath. It had to come out. Even though she didn't trust the other occupants in the room. "It was when my Otosa was murdered… By the Shinsengumi Shoganate."
Everyone in the room froze. The Shinsengumi did this? But, the Shinsengumi only went after rebels of the revolution. Why would her father have been a target for their ruthless attacking?
"What do you mean, Miss Nigumi? What caused your father to get killed by them?" Kenshin asked, a worried look on his face. He knew it wasn't his doing because at the time, he was with his first wife, Tomo. Plus, he wasn't with the Shinsengumi…
Sakura looked at the red head. "Why would you care… Battousai." she said this flatly, opening her eyes to glare daggers at him.
"I am no longer the Battousai. I am just a wanderer now, that I am. I was curious as to why the Shinsengumi would want to kill your father." Kenshin said reasonably. His voice calm. Kaoru looked at him, slightly worried.
"You will always be a man slayer to the public's eye." Sakura said harshly.
Kaoru balled her fists at her sides. Trying with all her might not to beat the tar out of the young woman before her. Through gritted teeth, Kaoru said, "Kenshin is a good man. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is a fool for being so narrow minded."
Sakura turned to face her. "And what are you… his woman? His whore? Why would you want to protect the Battousai? He had killed thousands of innocent lives."
"That is untrue. The men I killed were radicals who still wanted the old life. I was an assassin, yes, but no longer. I will never kill again as repentance for the lives I took with my sword." Kenshin said softly. His blue eyes looking at the girl sagely.
"AND I AM NOT HIS WOMAN!" Kaoru shouted. How dare she say that about the Assistant Master of the Kamiya Kasshin Dojo! Kenshin shot her a slightly hurt look.
The other three listened. Not wanting to make any of the matters worse. Yahiko wanted so badly to make fun of Kaoru, but was held back the Sanosuke's hand which was filmy cupped over the little boy's mouth. Migumi was replacing the items she used in her bag, pretending as if she didn't care about the conversation anymore.
Sakura scowled. This was the weirdest group of people. And who ever heard of the Battousai living a life without killing… She really didn't want to answer anymore questions and told the group there so.
"Fine." Migumi said, a slightly chill to her worlds, "You must rest now anyway, so, stay put until tomorrow. That is when I will come and see how you are doing." With that, she walked out, Sanosuke fallowed.
"Well, I must see to the dinner. Miss Sakura, it was nice getting to meet you." Kenshin said over his shoulder and walking out of the room. Yahiko fallowed, wondering what they were having. He was, of course, starving…
"I do not see how The Battousai would ever cook in his life…" Sakura muttered under her breath.
Kaoru heard, "He likes to. He's such a big help around here. I don't see how I could have ever lived without him…" She quickly covered her mouth after she said that. What was she thinking?! Oh, Kami… what if he heard that!
"I knew there was something between you two…" Sakura said mischievously. She had a smirk tugging at the corner of her lips. "So, how long are you going to wait?"
"Till you tell him of course. Kami, you are such a total baka…" Sakura folded her arms over her chest and turned her head to the side.
Kaoru stared at the young woman in wide eyed shock. Who is this woman and why was she in the body of the girl they just met?!
"Nice to see I've got you thinking…" Sakura said smugly. She loved to act like that sometimes. She just hated it when people acted like total loons when it came to such trivial subjects.
"You have some nerve!" Kaoru shouted. "How dare you act like that to the assistant master of the Kamiya Kasshin Dojo! And after we saved your life!"
"Calm down! I didn't mean to be rude… I was just joking." Sakura said getting up to her knees to look Kaoru straight in the eyes. Her side didn't hurt as much anymore and she started to feel her strength coming back to her.
"Then why were you acting that way earlier?" Kaoru asked puzzled.
"I was in a bad mood. Too many people prying into my life." Sakura said smiling slightly.
"Oh, I see…" This person is strange… At first, she is all cold to us, and now she is teasing… I just don't get people sometimes.
"Well, Kaoru. You're name is Kaoru, right?" Sakura tried to change the subject. Kaoru nodded. "How did you come to own this dojo?"
"My father died when I was young. He left this dojo to me so I could continue teaching the Kamiya Kasshin Ryu." Kaoru said kindly. "Why, d you ask?"
"Well, my Otosa was a dojo master. He never taught me his art though. It was a sword technique and was very strong. He thought that women should not be able to use a sword. Thus, the no teaching thing." Sakura said, a small smile escaping her lips. "I was bad though. I had one of his best students teach me the technique in the forest by the village." She giggles at that.
"Was your father a traditional man?" Kaoru asked, though she knew her answer.
"One of the most traditional men in all of Japan!" Sakura said. Kaoru chuckled.
The girls continued to talk until Kenshin called them to dinner.
I hope you liked that chapter! Sorry it took so long to update! *performs "crouch of the wild tiger"* Well, I'm glad to be writing again. I hope over the summer I will be able to continue…
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