-Streaks of Darkness-

Disclaimer - I do not own YYH.

Author's Note - This is strictly HB! Hiei/Botan, for you who didn't know what HB was.

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Secrets

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Hiei sat in his tree, reflecting. He was in no mood to talk to anyone. He could barely handle his own thoughts. He stared down at the snow. There was only a little and he was sort of grateful. The fact that there was less than an inch outside made it easier on him to train. He stared grudgingly in the direction of the ningen's park. He had his own secluded area. He didn't like to be in the sight of those worthless ningens, much less see them. He grew disgusted with each passing day. He would not leave for reasons of his own. It was mainly his sister that held him back. He considered leaving many times and had not even gotten halfway there when a tugging at his mind stopped him. His dark, brooding mood often lasted for days at a time, maybe even weeks. If something got him pissed, he would get rid of his anger by training. It only added fuel to the fire. He closed his eyes and leaned back, feeling his back press against the tree. He felt a chill wind and welcomed it. The coldness of the air made him feel superior when he thought of the heated homes of the ningens. He would sometimes stay in his tree for days on end and no one would go to find him. The one person who told them not to was none other than Hiei's partner, Kurama.

"Hiei." The little koorime looked down, hearing someone's voice interrupt his thinking. "I got sick of waiting on Kurama to tell me when you were gonna cool off." Yuusuke smirked up at him.

"Hn." Hiei didn't move from his spot. Instead, he simply stared at the spirit detective, waiting for him to say something.

"Are you still angry at us?" The koorime scowled at him. "I guess that would be a yes.." Yuusuke sat down at the base of the tree. "Y'know, Kuwabara is an idiot and I don't think he knew what he was saying-" He was surprised when the fire demon jumped down in front of him and stared at him emotionlessly.

"You are wasting your breath, detective. I know the idiot's mental capacity. There is no use defending him from me." He looked away from Yuusuke. "He isn't worth my time." Sighing, Yuusuke put his hands behind his head.

"You are so complicated, you know that?" Hiei turned back to him and glared when Yuusuke chuckled.

"Something funny, Yuusuke?" The frigid tone of his voice made Yuusuke grow cold. Hiei could always bring fear into anyone, especially those that were around him a lot. He was cold, frigid, ruthless, cutthroat, honorable, intelligent, and he was a demon.

"Not at all, Hiei." Yuusuke sweat-dropped. Hiei's expression was none other than disgust.

"Is that all? I wish to be alone."

"Yeah, that's pretty much it." The koorime then nodded once and vanished from sight, using his speed to get away before anything else could be brought up. Yuusuke sighed. He would NEVER understand Hiei. He heard a chuckle behind him and turned around to see Kurama leaning against a tree. "Hey, Kurama."

"Didn't bother waiting, I see. Well, with as much as I heard, he's going to isolate himself for a while. It is just his nature."

"I don't think I'll ever get it." The spirit detective let himself smile for a minute. "He's way too complicated for me to begin to understand."

"Sometimes, I don't think he understands himself." Kurama walked away, once again leaving Yuusuke alone. Yuusuke walked back out to the park and sat down on a bench. His team had problems. Many problems. They worked together.. sort of. He just didn't know why Hiei never opened himself up. How bad was his past that he just didn't trust anyone? Kurama's words proved true the more he thought about it. Did Hiei truly understand himself?

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Hiei swung his katana, using his speed to make it no more than a blur. He continued to battle with his invisible foe as he kept his mind on his training. He wasn't even breaking a sweat yet. He was trying to wear himself out and he knew that it was going to take a lot of time to do. His rigorous training often left him bored after a while. He needed a real challenge. But that wasn't the case now. He was focusing his entire mind and all of his energy on training. He brought up his katana, swinging downward in a graceful motion. He was far away from his tree. There were no ningens around for miles. He swung his katana again and sliced a tree with a straight, clean cut. He stopped, not moving even though the tree fell right beside him. This wasn't working.

"I need a real challenge. A real fight." But he didn't trust himself to go to Makai. He knew he might never return if he did. Then a thought struck him. Wouldn't Yukina be better off without him? But he couldn't leave without checking on her first. He used his Jagan to locate her then sheathed his katana and sped off to see her for one last time.

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Yukina finished up her work when someone entered the small ramen shop. She looked up, blinking.

"Uh, sir? We're closed.." She trailed off the instant she saw who it was. "Oh, hello." She had seen him with the group and knew he was part of the team. By the look on his face, he was about to do something that was the most challenging thing he had ever done. He walked toward her, the look in his eyes softening as she stared at him. "You're Hiei, correct? The one with the gifted eyes?" He nodded, stopping directly in front of her.

"Yukina, I have something to tell you." His voice was soft, filled with more emotion than normal. She remembered the look on his face before when she had told him something was familiar about him. She stared into his crimson eyes, unable to look away for some odd reason. She felt paralyzed. "The search for your brother is over. I could not leave without first telling you the truth. I knew I would never be able to forgive myself if you were left in the dark."

"What are you saying?" She asked quietly. He didn't look happy to be saying those things. "Do you know who my brother is?" He nodded, closing his eyes and looking away. He reached up and tore off the bandanna hiding the Jagan eye. She gasped lightly when he turned to look at her.

"It is not natural." He clenched his fist holding the white cloth. It was time to tell her the truth. "I am your brother, Yukina." Her eyes widened. That was why all this time no one had found him. He had been in front of her all along. That was why he seemed so familiar. "I got the Jagan eye so that I could watch over you and make certain that you were safe." He paused. "I did not want you to know because I didn't think you wanted to know that your brother was a felon." This was her chance to speak. She stared at him with the same surprised look on her face. He closed his eyes, thinking her silence meant that she was disappointed. He turned to leave when he felt a gentle touch on his shoulder.

"I don't care what you were.." He turned back around to look at her and his eye twitched. She was crying. "Please, don't leave." She hugged him and he stiffened. He closed his eyes and put his arms around her. He had finally told her the truth.. and she had accepted that he was her brother. He had been secretly hoping that she would have this reaction but he had also been hoping that she would have been disappointed so that it would've been easier to leave. He heard her tears hit the floor, turning into gems as soon as they left her face.

"Please, don't cry. I hate to see you cry. I don't like it when you are hurt." She looked up at him and smiled.

"I can't help it.." She felt a warm touch on her face. He was wiping her tears away. "I was never able to place your face.. now I am." She tightened her grip on him then buried her face in his shirt. "Please.. promise me that you won't leave me.. All I want is to be with you, Hiei." He couldn't promise that he wouldn't leave. The most he could promise was the he would protect her whenever he could. But he knew that he couldn't leave now. He knew he was here for a long time.

"I.. I can't." She looked up at him. "I was planning on leaving after I told you.." He saw sadness in her pretty crimson eyes. He was hurting her. He had vowed to himself never to do that. He sighed and pulled her closer. "I promise, sister." She smiled and rested her head against his chest.

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Hiei pulled his cloak back on after his hour worth of training. He had revealed his secret to Yukina last night then he had left to go sleep in his tree. He looked back at the snow-covered ground where he had trained. He then looked up at the sky. Pure white snowflakes drifted gracefully down to earth, finally joining the white snow covering on the ground. He scowled. The snow was way too bright for him. He continued on his way to his tree then jumped up to the branch in which he usually sat. Pulling his cloak closer around him, he sat in brooding silence. His eyes closed and he fell into a deep sleep.

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"Have you seen Hiei around, Kazuma?" Yukina asked, her eyes searching around for that familiar scowl.

"No." Kuwabara answered. "Why do you want to know where HE is, anyway?" He made a face, thinking about the last fight he had with the little demon. "He's scary and moody. I don't want him upsetting you, Yukina." Sighing, the koorime looked over at him.

"But he wouldn't do that, Kazuma." She said quietly. "He told me that he doesn't like to see me hurt." Kuwabara stopped walking and looked back at her, his eye twitching.

"Shorty wouldn't say something like that." He paused. "And when did you talk to him?" She stopped.

"Yesterday. He came to talk to me when I was finishing up at the ramen shop. When I was there alone." His eyes widened.

"He didn't hurt you, did he?"

"No." She tilted her head. "He's my brother.. why would he hurt me?" Kuwabara's heart skipped a beat.

"Your.. brother? Shorty is.. your brother?" Now Kuwabara knew why the the coldness the koorime had toward him had increased.

"Yes, you didn't know?" He shook his head. He was beginning to think that she was unattainable.

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Botan floated above the park, looking down dejectedly. She closed her eyes. No one would want to see her after the news she had for them. Another mission. She was looking for Hiei to tell him. She had heard about the fight with Kuwabara where Hiei had actually drawn his katana on the big oaf and threatened him. She frowned, not seeing him anywhere. It had been snowing for over two hours. She took out her communicator and dialed Kurama's number.

"Hello?"

"Kurama? Have you seen Hiei? I don't see him in his training area or his tree." Kurama didn't answer.

"No, I just looked out my window to make sure he wasn't in the tree. I haven't heard from him since Yuusuke found him earlier." He didn't sound concerned. "Why?"

"Because.. I need to talk to him. I'll tell you guys later in person. I want everyone there. Can we get together at your house? I mean, I know it's last minute and all.."

"It's fine, Botan. I'll call them and tell them." She shut the communicator and looked down worriedly. She flew down to the ground and got off her oar. She saw something black below the tree. She kneeled down and started to seperate the snow. She pulled Hiei out of the snow. He was really pale and his lips were turning a light blue color. She made her oar appear again then pulled him on in front of her. She held firmly onto him and sped off to Kurama's.

"Oh dear, Hiei.." She raced as fast as she could and got there within two minutes. "Kurama!" She knocked furiously on his window. When he came into his room and opened the window, she flew in with the little koorime still in her arms.

"What happened?" He asked, his eyes wide.

"I found him buried in the snow.." She set him down on the bed and took out a clean handkerchief and wiped his face off. "What should we do?" She was starting to panic.

"Calm down." He said wisely. She took his cloak off and wrapped him in a blanket Kurama provided. She called everyone and told them that something happened to Hiei. They practically flew there after that. Botan sat down next to the koorime and sat him up, wrapping her arms around him so that he could stay up. Yukina was the first through the door.

"Oh no.." She was close to tears. Some of the color had returned to his cheeks.

"Yukina?" Botan saw her stare at Hiei as if the end of the world had just come to pass.

"Is he going to be okay?" She sat down on the other side of him and brushed his black bangs out of his eyes. Hiei opened his eyes and looked over at her. "Hiei.." The others stared. "Please, brother.. I just found out.. I don't want to lose you." Botan told them that she had no idea how long he was like that. He had been face-down in the snow and obviously, some of the snow from the branches had fallen off. Her voice almost cracked but she kept it under control.

"There really is not that much need for worring. Hiei is strong. He wouldn't give up like this." Kurama said softly. Hiei fell back asleep, leaning on Botan. She blushed lightly.

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Hiei opened his eyes. The last thing he remembered was Yukina and Botan's faces. Yukina had said something to him. Something like 'I don't want to lose you'. He felt something wrapped up in his arms and looked down to see the deity curled up in his embrace. He was warm and didn't want to move. If he did move, he would wake her up and have to hear her mouth. It was still dark outside. He took this time to study Botan. What had happened? He had heard that she had found him. He had heard her voice crack, though she had tried to hide it. She had always tried to avoid confrontation with him. She was afraid of him. He could see it clearly in her eyes. And yet, she had practically saved him when she could have just left him there. He was having enough of these thoughts but they continued to appear and bother him. She stirred in his arms and opened her eyes. The first thing she did was look up and smile.

"You're awake.." Her eyes were glazed with sleep and she looked drowsy. "I was so worried about you." Her voice was soft. She sat up, brushing her hand against his cheek.

"You were worried?" He gave her a confused look. She nodded. "Why? You're afraid of me." She frowned and looked away from him.

"Well.. how could I not be worried about a team member? I mean.. what would we do if we lost you?" She didn't know what to say and she knew she was rambling. She shut her mouth and hugged herself. "Yukina is worried about you." He looked away from her. He didn't want to expose emotion to her. "When did you tell her?"

"About two days ago." He didn't exactly know how long he was out so it wasn't safe to say yesterday.. it would've been really stupid.

"Why would you say it now and not before?"

"None of your business." She looked out the window from the bed and pulled her knees up to her chest.

"I-I.. just wanted to know." Her eyes gained a faraway look. The silence went unbroken for what seemed like forever to both of them. Botan was afraid to say anything to him and break the deafening silence. She eventually looked over at him to see him staring at her with an expressionless look. She blinked and looked back away.

"Why do you care?" She didn't answer but got up and looked at him. Then she turned and left the room. He stared after her, confused. What was wrong with her?

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That's all for your first chapter. In case you're confused about the beginning and all, it will be elaborated in the upcoming chapters. Speaking of the next chapter, here's a little sneak peek to - Darkness

"It is my concern." He glared at her. "Now, tell me, onna." She didn't say a word. Her eyes were depthless, piercing his soul when she looked at him, her eyes brimming with tears. It was like he was looking into an amethyst ocean. He looked away from her, focusing his eyes on something else as he carried her back to Kurama's home.

-Jess