Welcome all my honored guests! It's nice to see you. I see many familiar faces, oh, and I see some

new faces as well! Wonderful! I invite all of you to read the next story in the series.....which just

happens to be this one! I know that the installment before this was rather short, and I hate to type it,

but I think this one may be short as well. But I'm gonna try my hardest to make this story good and

to update it as fast as I can! I just hope that I'm not losing my touch :(. After all, it's hard to keep

things interesting when you've already written 3 stories..... But that's not important! I hope you all

will send me lots of reviews and, like I always say, if you haven't read the stories before this one,

then you really should (especially with this one b/c you WILL get lost if you don't at least read A

Time Forgotten and Roads Go Ever, Ever On). Well, now that that's done....here we go! ENJOY :)!

I do not own Jin and Touya nor yu yu hakusho (happy is the one who eats not the yellow snow)

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"Roads go ever. Ever on.

Over rock and under tree.

By caves where never sun has shown.

By streams that never find the sea.

Over snow by winter sown,

And through the merry flowers of June.

Over grass and over stone.

Under the mountains in the moon.

Roads go ever, ever on.

Under...under....under...um. Errrr DAMN IT! How did the rest a that go? I been walkin'

around for three days straight and havn't so much as remembered another damn line!" It was true.

The wind demon had indeed been traveling for three long days and hadn't stopped once to rest (save

for an incident with a youkai koinu (puppy) that didn't seem to understand the meaning of the word

"stay"). The journey had been long and hard, but at last it was starting to bare fruit. Jin suspected

that he would be reaching his destination within the next few hours, and from there it would only be

a matter of time before he completed the mission. "I just hope I'm not bein' too late ta help him...".

Jin looked once more at the map the Beautiful Sazuka had given him. It didn't exactly give

clear directions, in fact, many of the lines appeared to be smudged. Not to mention the fact, that the

makai had grown quite a bit since it had been made, resulting in extra roads and a VERY confused

former shinobi. "Collector a magical items! Hn. More like ancient, dusty ones! How can he be

thinkin' anyone can use this ta find their way outta a paper bag let alone ta the end a the makai!"

He folded the map and placed it once more into the pocket of his white pants. "Well I guess there's

no sense in yappin' about it. I mean as Chu would say 'you're grippin' is about as useless as tits on

a bore.'!" He turned and looked over his shoulder. "Ain't that right Tou....oh ya...right."

The wind demon had made that mistake several times throughout the course of his journey.

He knew that Touya wasn't there with him, but in his heart he hoped that he would be. That by

some miraculous twist of fate, he would turn around and there would be the ice demon, smiling at

the joke or bad impression he just made. But it never was.

Up ahead, the road began to curve and in front of him, Jin could see the rim of a massive

lake, its waters almost a glowing silver in color. Around that lake, were the flickering lights of a

city, one that seemed to surpass even the beauty of Gandara as it sparkled in the light of the falling

sun. the youkai stopped his march for a moment and gazed at what lay before him. His breath

seemed to fail him as he took it all in, and Jin knew it would be impossible to describe to anyone

what it was like if they asked. Almost like asking an angel what it sees when it looks upon heaven.

"So this be bein' Mizuumi no Himitsu? How can it be that I wasn't knowin' a place like this could

be existin'? Here I was thinkin' Gandara was bein' the finest place in the makai, but now...." His

sentence lingered in the air, caught in the very wind he controlled. To Jin, it was not necessary to

finish it, for no words, mortal nor demon, could. Mizuumi no Himitsu simply was and, like many

things, it was something one had to see his own eyes in order to believe in it's existence.

The youkai then started on his trek again, feet moving slightly faster than before.

Somewhere in this very city was the item that would cure Touya, the item that would allow them to

be together as they should have been long before. And somewhere in this city was the answer to the

riddle written within the book:

Place the one with blue eyes fair,

upon the alter lying there.

The second one in two days come,

to complete the bond with which they share.

"Don't ya worry Touya, I'll be figurin' it out. And when I get back, ya can be sure I'll be

tellin' ya twice as many jokes........ta make up fer the ones ya weren't around ta hear......"

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Well, that's another piece of the puzzle for all of you to chew on for a while. I know that I haven't

been too clear on the whole "mission" thing, but that's just b/c I WANT to be secretive about the

whole thing! :) Sorry about the chapter not being so long, but like with every story, there's only so

much you can reveal in the first chapter w/o ruining the story. Speaking of which, the second

chapter is gonna take a while to put up. It seems that I'm having some slight writer's block, but

don't worry, I'll get through it. Hmmmmm....is that all? Why yes, I believe it is! See you all at

chapter two!

P.s Before I forget, YuYuHakushoismyLIFE, you asked who the next story is going to be for. Well

guess what? THIS ONE'S FOR YOU! I hope you enjoy it! :)