Charm of the Forbidden
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A/N: Yay! Thanks for the reviews everyone! ^^ And someone, I believe it was BlackFire4 said "I like your work and trust you know where it is going. If not you are doing a great job pretending you know." ^^ That was a big boost to my ego. Y'know why? Because I have NO idea whatsoever of where this story is going. I just let my muse take over the keyboard and type. ^^; Oh, and sorry for the long wait. I've had lots to do. Saa..
Fuyu: Oh great, she's got an ego-boost. This can't be good, right?
Touki: It can be. Maybe now she'll get some work done. ^_^
Chap. 6: Onshuu [Love and Hate]
//The truth is rarely pure and never simple//
"Ah. So it's you." the Youko smirked. "You've got a lot of guts, to show your face to me. Now, what can I do for you?" He asked bending down to eye level with the koorime.
Hiei let go a breath he didn't know he was holding. "I…" The fire demon stuttered before regaining his composure. His eyes narrowed and hardened. "There's nothing you can do for me." He said pushing the plant-wielder's away and standing up. The other youkai stood up as well. Hiei looked at the ground. The Youko was by far taller than his human form, Shuichi. And though it was nothing new for the fire demon to have to look up for eye contact, it would be his undoing this time. In this battle of minds it would be one point for the Youko, and none for Hiei.
Youko Kurama knew this, and it made his smirk become even wider. He laughed. Hiei scowled and glared up at him. "Hm… Seems Karasu has done some alterations to the Zense no Mi Theory." the silver haired demon commented more to himself than the koorime as he looked himself over.
"Hn. And is that bad or good on your part?" Hiei asked a lot more courageously then he felt. He didn't want to admit it, but the Youko scared him. Tall and intimidating, the Youko's voice was full of confidence and superiority. As an ex-thief Hiei knew well enough to fear the Youko as a merciless warrior. But as a one who was in love with Kurama, it was different kind of fear.
"Well… I'd have to say it's good." The silver fox decided without much thought. "As Shuichi Minamino, Kurama knew what he wanted, but wouldn't go after it. But, as Youko Kurama, I know what I want, I'll get what I want." At this reasoning the kitsune licked his lips and smiled. The fire demon held back a shudder.
"What is it you want?" Asked Hiei as curiosity overtook reasoning.
"Hey Yukina!" Yuusuke called running up the many stairs leading to Genkai's Temple.
"Hello, Yuusuke. What brings you here?" Yukina asked smiling as brightly as ever.
"I was wondering if you had seen Kurama or Hiei."
"Kurama I have not seen in a long time. As for my brother, he was here earlier today."
"Your… brother? So you know?" Yuusuke asked surprised. The blue-haired youkai nodded. "Well that's news. Anyhow, you haven't seen either of them?"
The koorime shook her head. "What did you want?"
"Y'know that argument they've been having? Well, I'm kinda… responsible for that."
"The psycho was right for once." The youko smirked pinning Hiei to the ground. "I'm no longer depressed. But now… I'm outraged!" The fire demon growled as he tried to writhe free of the silver fox's hold. "Don't struggle." He cooed as thorny vines began to wrap itself around the smaller demon. More and more vines wormed their way around him. And the more Hiei struggled the tighter it became. And the tighter the vines became the more the thorns dug into his flesh.
The fire demon let out a painful breath. He couldn't let the Youko see how aggrieved he was. He squeezed his eyes shut, willing the thorns to get out of his skin. Willing the Youko to leave him alone. The odd thought of 'did he love the Youko' drifted into his head. //Well that's a fine thought to have at a time like this// he thought as another thorn ripped through his clothes and into his flesh. The thought persisted and wouldn't leave him alone. If he was loved Kurama, shouldn't he love the Youko as well. He finally gave in to his thoughts. //Yes// he thought after consideration. He could love the Youko. Given that he would give Hiei some time. All these feelings were new to him and the youkai didn't know how to deal with it. Right now, he was experiencing the odd feeling of, fear.
"You blood smells sweet." The Youko breathing licking the koorime's open wound. He flinched. "This, is what I want."
"D-Don't you… care what I want?" Hiei gasped.
Youko Kurama yawned. "Not particularly. But let's hear it."
Little did they know that they were being watched. A black haired being stood just out of their sight. He watched the two intently and grinned.
"Hiei and Kurama. How will your story end?"
"I…" Hiei was at a loss for words. What did he want?
"Come on, I haven't got all day now." The silver fox sighed becoming impatient. "Either hurry up and speak or let me get on with my business."
"I… I want to speak with Kurama!" Hiei blurted out. And as soon as the words were out of his mouth he regretted them. What in the seven hells was he thinking?
The Youko was shocked for but a second. Quickly recovering he began to laugh. "Don't be ridiculous. I am Kurama."
Hiei shook his head. "No, that Kurama died ages ago." Now that he was talking, he didn't think he could stop. "When you were killed by that hunter and was reincarnated you be came Shuichi Minamino, the human. But your youko soul still remained. However, you began to have human feelings. You began to care, to love. You were no longer the same merciless youko you once were. I used to think that humans were stupid with their strange feelings of love and friendship. But… maybe I simply wanted to feel it too. The warmth of love and friendship. And I found that in you, in Kurama. I love Kurama. But I'm afraid I couldn't realize this before. You have every right to be angry with me. It was wrong of me to make false accusations. But please, I want to speak with Kurama. Kurama who is both the human and the youko."
Gradually the thorny vines crept away from Hiei's body and back into the earth. Painfully he managed to sit up. He glanced at the Youko and saw that he was glowing faintly. He smiled. "It's about time you realized your feelings, Hiei. Maybe you and Kurama will let me love you too." Hiei nodded, a smile gracing his bleeding lips. With that said, the image of Youko Kurama shrank and faded out coming back to become Kurama. Normal, red-headed, human Kurama. Kurama who was both the human, and the youko.
Slowly he opened his eyes to look upon Hiei. He smiled and fell into the fire demon's strong arms. "Hiei…" He sighed before losing consciousness.
Kurama's eyes flickered open. He was his own bedroom, lying on his bed. Turning his head to the side he saw Hiei sitting on a chair beside his bed.
"Feeling better? That transformations seemed to have drained most of your youki." "H-Hiei?" Kurama asked questioningly.
"Who else? Look, if you're still mad, that's fine. I can leave at anyti-"
"Hiei!" he cried out flinging himself the small fire demon, cutting of his sentence.
"Oww… not so rough. I've still got a few open wounds."
"Oh, right." the emerald eyed youkai said. "You know, Hiei. I had the strangest dream." The koorime glanced at his companion curiously. "You were in it. We got into a fight. And then you wouldn't talk to me for a long time. Then Karasu made me drink something to turn me into the Youko and you said you loved me." Hiei's eyes went big. "Funny, isn't it? That'd never happen." Hiei became a little flushed. "Did it happen?" Kurama asked as realization and mixed memories came rushing back. The fire demon gave a slight nod. "So, did you mean it?"
"Mean what?" he asked pretending not to understand.
"That you loved me?" Kurama asked giving him a playful smile.
"Aw… that's so sweet." The youko exclaimed hugging him again. Hiei flinched. "Oh, right."
"So?" Hiei asked rubbing his injured arm. The pain was gone, but somehow holding it made him feel… comforted. And at the moment he need all the comfort he could get. What he was thinking would leave him very uncomfortable.
"So, what?" Kurama asked truly confused.
"hm…? Oh. Yes. I love you too, Hiei." Kurama said realizing what the fire demon meant. "More then you'll ever know."
Hiei blushed. "So, do you… remember what happened when you were the Youko?"
Kurama nodded. "And I'm very sorry about-"
The fire youkai shook his head. "Just don't ever repeat anything that I said and we'll call it even."
Kurama smiled. "Alright, koi."
"Short for Koibito, which means 'lover'. You'll be my lover, right Hiei?"
There was a knock at the door. Shiori Minamino put down her papers to answer it.
"Yes?" she called opening the door. "Oh, hello, Yuusuke-kun."
"Is Kura- I mean Shuichi here?"
"Yes. But I believe he's asleep. Your friend brought him here yesterday and hasn't left his side. Said he fainted at the park."
"My friend?" Yuusuke asked confused.
"The small one with spiky black hair."
"Oh." Yuusuke laughed. "Well, can I go see him?"
"Of course, Yuusuke-kun. If he's up, ask him if he'd like something to eat."
"I will." The black haired youth called back heading up to Kurama's room.
Yuusuke Urameshi didn't believe in knocking before entering. Maybe he should have this time though. "Hey Kura--!" Yuusuke was cut short at the sight he saw before him. Slowly he relocated his jaw and closed the door. Shaking his head he tried to gather his thoughts up. Okay, one, he saw Kurama in there. Which was only natural as it was his room. Two, there was somebody with him. Was it Hiei? It had looked like him but… and three, Kurama and whoever that was had been… making out on his bed?! If that was the case then it definitely couldn't be the anti-social little fire demon. Right? Yuusuke felt woozy.
"I think I'm gonna faint from all that thinking." He said to himself. "Hiei and Kurama, huh? I guess it worked out after all." He smiled as he walked down the stairs. "I guess I'll apologize in the morning. Or whenever it is they're through."
"Was Shuu-chan awake, Yuusuke-kun? Was he hungry" Shiori asked as Yuusuke made his way to the front door.
"Yeah, he was awake, but I think he was eating already." Yuusuke laughed. "I don't think you should disturb him just yet. Tell him I was here." he said as he left quite amused.
"What a silly boy he is." Shiori commented before going back to her paperwork.
Little did the two lovers know, that a stranger watched over them from afar. Karasu. He smiled at them. "One who tries to live alone will not succeed." Karasu whispered to the wind. "His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. The koorime's closed heart has been opened. Perhaps his life of solitude will come to an end. Forgiveness. Can they forgive each other? The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. Even if they move on to other partners they will remember this incident for years to come. But I trust that they will forgive. Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch. I will watch from afar as both their hearts flower and grow together. Hiei, I leave Kurama in your care. Mind him well, or you will find an outraged Karasu on your tail." And with all said and done, Karasu made his way back to the Makai. "Mission… accomplished."
Kurama broke the kiss with Hiei and stared at him awkwardly.
"What?" Hiei scowled, slightly disappointed.
"We'll be together forever, right Hiei?" Kurama asked smiling at his koibito.
Hiei glared at him for a moment thinking he was joking. But Kurama's smile was genuine and his question sincere. Hiei replied with a smile of his own. "Forever fornever… Kurama."
//The course of true love never did run smooth//
A/N: So what'd you think? Only the second fanfic I've finished in my LIFE! O.o tell me what you thought. Reviews are greatly appreciated and even flames amuse me. ^^; I hope you enjoyed this series. It was my first angst fic. I usually write humor. ^_^;; I had originally planned to have an epilogue but I feel this is enough and incorporated the more important things that were going to be in the epilogue in this last chapter. The thing that Karasu says at the end is taken from various quotes with my own twist to it. I'm a quote freak so that would explain it. ^^ Thanks for sticking with this fic till the end. Sankyuu!