Title: Altered Reflection

Author: Rose

Email: buffybot76@hotmail.com

Classification: AU; action/adventure/romance

Parings: Hiei/Keiko

Summary: Hiei gets caught in a portal that switches him with his double from an alternate universe. There he finds that nobody is as he remembers. There is a Kurama-ish Kuwabara (ie: he isn't a klutz and is very popular with the ladies), Botan is the princess of Renkai while Koenma (in his teenage form) is a ferry boy desperately in love with her! Yusuke has a picture perfect family and is dating Yukina. And that's just the beginning!

Disclaimer: I own none of these characters, they belong to their creator

Spoilers: None

Distribution: FanFiction.Net. MediaMiner.com. If anyone else wants it, just email me and ask.

Feedback: Yes, please.

Author's Note: Okay guys, just so you don't get confused...anything that happens after it says "Natural Realm" is the original YYH characters.. anything after it says "Mirror Realm" is alternate reality YYH characters. There is a few differences in the characters from the two realms, but basically they look/act the same....basically. *Ahem* anyway, hope that will help you to furthur understand and enjoy my fic. Now....ON TO THE STORY!!!

Chapter 1: Pesky Portals

*~*~*~*~*~*

Natural Realm

*~*~*~*~*~*

"Hiei, look out!!"

Yusuke's warning came too late as he saw one of the demons that the group of Renkai Tentai had been fighting, shoot a blast of spirit energy toward his black haired friend.

The fire demon, who was intent on slicing up his latest opponent with his katana, turned a second too late to avoid the blast, even with his lightening fast speed. His friends winced as the white burst of energy caught Hiei in the side as he turned, knocking him back to crash against a nearby tree. The force of the impact was enough to stun the fire demon for a moment, but it wasn't long before he rose to his feet again, his red eyes glowing with anger. He picked up his katana, which had landed a few feet away and quickly returned to the fight.

"Alright you overgrown piss ant," Yusuke bellowed as he glared at the insect-like demon that had blasted his friend. "now you're asking for it!"

Yusuke began to power up his spirit gun, but was stopped when Hiei laid a hand on Yusuke's arm.

"Don't." Hiei said calmly, never taking his eyes off of the demon that was now beginning to back away in fear. "I'll take care of this one myself."

Yusuke shrugged, "Alright, if you insist." before rushing off to assist Kurama who was at the moment using his rose whip against two more of the ant-looking demons.

A shrill shriek was heard as Hiei exacted his revenge upon the poor demon before moving on to help Kuwabara. It seemed that the demons, much like the insects they resembled, were numerous. Once they cut one down there were two more to take its place. The group was so occupied with fighting the demons that none of them noticed when a strange disturbance appeared in the air above them. It started out as a ripple, then gradually grew and soon it seemed as if the sky was issuing a violent shudder. A sudden blast of lightening bolts erupted from the growing object, finally drawing Yusuke, Kurama, Hiei and Kuwabara's attention. The ant-like demons froze as well, then promptly scattered as everyone else looked up at the now large gaping hole of pale blue light in the sky.

*~*~*~*~*~*

Mirror Realm

*~*~*~*~*~*

"Kurama, look out!!"

Keiko's warning came too late as she saw one of the demons that the group of Renkai Tentai had been fighting, shoot a blast of spirit energy toward her silver haired friend.

The kitsune, who was intent on using one of his deadly Makai plants on the demon he was fighting, turned a second too late to avoid the blast.. His friends winced as the white burst of energy caught Kurama in his side as he turned, knocking him back to crash against a nearby tree. The force of the impact was enough to stun the fox demon for a moment, but it wasn't long before he rose to his feet again, his amber eyes glowing with fury. He quickly summoned one of his more deadly plants, and moved to rejoin the fight.

"Oooh, you've done it now," Keiko smirked as she watched the demon that had blasted her friend begin to back away from the approaching Kurama. It quickly turned and fled when one of the plant's mouths opened to reveal its jagged teeth dripping with an acidic saliva. "Hey don't run away! It's only fair that he get a shot in now!"

Keiko grabbed the twin daggars that were strapped to her side. She made to let fly with them but stopped when she heard Hiei's voice in her head.

"Don't." Hiei voice was calm,. "Kurama can handle his own battles."

Keiko nodded. "Alright, Hiei." she replied mentally before rushing off to assist Yusuke who was at the moment using his spirit gun against two more of the renegade demons.

An agonized shriek was heard as Kurama exacted his revenge upon the poor demon before moving on to help Hiei. The group was so occupied with fighting the demons that none of them noticed when a strange disturbance appeared in the air above them. It started out as a ripple, then gradually grew and soon it seemed as if the sky was issuing a violent shudder. A sudden blast of lightening bolts erupted from the growing object, finally drawing Yusuke, Kurama, Hiei and Keiko's attention. The renegade demons froze as well, then promptly scattered as everyone else looked up at the now large gaping hole of pale blue light in the sky.

"What the hell is that?!" Yusuke exclaimed, then leapt quickly out of the way as one of the bolts struck out at him from the large portal.

Tucking and rolling to a stop, he quickly leapt to his feet to see another bolt streak directly toward Kurama, who nimbly leapt to the side to avoid the strike.

Kurama flicked his long silver locks out of his face, and without missing a beat, the fox demon replied. "It appears to be a portal of some kind. But why it has appeared or to where it leads, I have no idea."

"Well, I don't figure we wanna find out, now do we?" Yusuke grimaced. "Let's get the hell outta here."

The four nodded in agreement and attempted to leave the vicinity of the portal. Before they could go too far though, a wall of blue light spilled forth from the portal and quickly flowed outward and down to form a dome that covered a good 50 yards of the clearing. Everyone paused, giving each other looks of uncertainty. Hiei withdrew his katana and made as if to slash at the bluish wall but was stopped by a feminine hand on his arm.

"Hiei, wait."

Hiei turned to meet the lilac colored eyes of Keiko. She gently pulled back on his arm and he relented, drawing back to allow her room. Withdrawing one of her daggars from its sheath, she twirled it skillfully in her hand, catching the tip of the blade and, drawing back, let it fly at the suddenly erected barrier. A burst of blue light flared as contact was made, causing the group to shield their eyes at its brightness. When they looked again, the barrier was still in place, not a bit of damage done. But Keiko's daggar was nowhere to be seen... on either their side of the barrier, nor the other.

"Well *that's* not good." Yusuke grumbled. "Now what?"

*~*~*~*~*~*

Natural Realm

*~*~*~*~*~*

"Well *that's* not good." Yusuke grumbled, as he observed how useless his spirit gun had been on the barrier. "Now what?"

"I don't know Urameshi, but we better think of something quick cause...Look!" Kuwabara shouted, raising an arm to point toward one side of the blue-ish barrier. The barrier that seemed to be slowly closing in on them.

"What nowl?!?" Yusuke looked to where Kuwabara was pointing. He immediately noticed what Kuwabara had. "Aww, that's just *great*!" Yusuke shouted, throwing up his arms in frustration. "Can this possibly get any worse?!?"

"Hn." Hiei responded as he glowered at the barrier as it drew closer. His eyes shone a fiery red, reflecting his irritation at their situation.

Looking around them, Kurama observed that they indeed where trapped. Try as he might, he could not come up with a way out this dire circumstance.

"I don't really see how it could, Yusuke. It seems we are thoroughly trapped within this barrier." Kurama said.

When Yusuke didn't respone, the others looked over to see a look of determination on his face as he charged up his fist with his spirit energy.

"Yusuke, I wouldn't do anything rash if I were you. We have no way of knowing what reaction will come of you using your spirit shotgun on the barrier ." Kurama attempted to reason with his friend.

"Heh, who said anything about the barrier?" Yusuke retorted, then proceeded to fire a blast of spirit energy directly into the center of the portal.

The reaction was almost simultaneous. A sound erupted from the portal that was the equivalent of a loud roll of thunder. The foursome stumbled and almost lost their footing when the ground beneath their feet began to quake and shudder.

"Uh oh, Urameshi. Looks like you really pissed it off." Kuwabara shouted above the rumbling sound.

"Grrrr. SHUT UP!" Yusuke bellowed, right before all hell broke loose.

The bolts of lightening began striking again, this time in earnest as they attempted to lash out at the four trapped forms. Yusuke, Kuwabara, Hiei and Kurama were forced to constantly dodge the bolts, unsure of what would happen were they to be struck.

"Shit!" Yusuke exclaimed as he dodged his fifth bolt of lightening.

Hiei was having no problems dodging, his speed more than a match for the lightening bolts. That is, until one of the bolts mysteriously redirected its course and honed in on the fire demon. *What the -- * was all Hiei had time to think before he instinctively stopped and crouched down in anticipation of the pain.

*~*~*~*~*~*

Mirror Realm

*~*~*~*~*~*

*NO!! KEIKO!!*

Hiei saw the lightening closing in on Keiko and without a single thought used his speed to beat the bolt to its target, immediately leaping to cover her already cowering form.

An instant later, the lightening struck home.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

TBC....