This is my very first fanfic. I do not own any of the Yu Yu Hakusho characters. Please don't sue me! This is only the introduction to my Kurama and Botan Fanfic. I promise the real story will be better. . . I hope!

A Forgotten Past

Prologue: Part I

Koenma sat lazily in his chair, exhausted from the previous mission he had assigned to the Urameshi Team. Three powerful demons had found a way to cross the barrier between the demon world and the human world by dematerializing themselves. They had slowly, little by little, snuck through the barrier. The final fight with the demons was a close call. One of the demons even grabbed Botan and used her to make the Urameshi team back off. That demon almost got away with it, had it not been for Kurama. In anger, Kurama had reverted back to his demon form, Yoko, and took the demon that held Botan down. Koenma knew why that had happened. For a while now, he could sense the growing bond between Botan and Kurama, even though that hadn't admitted it to each other, they barely admitted it to themselves. And now, it would seem that even Yoko was getting possessive of Botan. Koenma came back to reality, too tired to reminisce any further. Jorge was next to him, sorting out papers on his desk when the door opened and Botan walked in.

" You called for me, Koenma sir?" Botan asked.

"Yes Botan," Koenma answered. "I wanted to thank and congratulate you on your work with Yuuske and the others yesterday."

She bowed her head. "Thank you, Koenma sir, I was just doing my job." She smiled her usual big smile.

"Maybe, but anyway, I'm giving you the day off. I've noticed that you and the team have grown extremely close, and I thought that you guys would like a day to relax before your next big case."

"Really? Oh, thank you, Lord Koenma sir."

With that she hopped on her oar and flew out of Koenma's office.

"You never give me any days off," Jorge muttered.

Koenma ignored him. "Hm . . . Botan's grown very attached to Yuuske, Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama lately . . . especially Kurama."

"Is that a good thing, sir?"

"I don't know, Ogre."

It was 9:30 in the morning when Kurama finally awoke. He slowly got out of bed and looked at the clock.

'Nine thirty already? I must have really exhausted myself last night.'

Kurama had been on high nerves the previous day. One of the demons the team had been fighting grabbed Botan and threatened them with her life. Kurama had gotten extremely angry, so angry he transformed into his Yoko form in order to save Botan. All Kurama knew was that he got a strong, overwhelming desire to protect her and get her back. He didn't know when he started feeling this way for Botan, but lately he just couldn't seem get her off his mind.

"Good morning, Kurama," chirped Botan from his window.

Kurama was jerked back to reality from his thoughts, he turned and smiled at the always bubbly ferry girl.

"Hello, Botan," said Kurama. 'She is always so cheerful,' he thought to himself. He cleared his throat. "So what brings you here? Don't tell me we have another case already."

"Oh no," She giggled, "Koenma has just given me the day off and I thought we could all do something today."

"That sounds great. What did you have in mind?"

"I'm not sure. I thought that we could all meet in the park and decide on something to do."

"All right, Botan. I'll call everyone and let them know."

"Thank you, Kurama."

An awkward silence lasted for about a minute until Kurama cleared his throat again.

"Uh . . . well . . . I guess I should get dressed first . . . "

Botan became a bit flustered. " Oh, yes. I'm sorry. I will meet you at the park at . . . 10:30?"

"All right."

Botan flew off, and Kurama got dressed.

'That is one pleasant way to wake up in the morning,' he thought.

"What is, kitsune?" came a low voice from outside Kurama's window. Kurama turned around in surprise and found Hiei, crouching in his open window.

"Hiei, what a nice surprise. How long have you been there?"

"Long enough," Hiei answered. "She was here, wasn't she?"

Kurama tried to sound clueless. "Who?"

"Nice try, Kurama. You only get that look on your face when she is around."

"Whatever you say Hiei."

" Hn," Hiei smirked.

"Oh, by the way, we are all going to meet at the park at 10:30."

"Hn, what makes you think I want to hang around with fools all day in the Human World?"

"Yes, it would probably be more pleasant if you were not there, fighting with Kuwabara the entire day, and all in front of . . . Yukina."

Hiei glared in silence for minute. "Ugh, damn it."

He jumped out of Kurama's window and disappeared. Kurama lightly chuckled to himself, knowing Hiei now had no choice but to come.

It was almost 10:30. Botan ran toward the park; her thoughts constantly going back to her encounter with Kurama earlier that morning. 'He is so handsome when he sleeps,' she thought to herself. 'Of course, he is always handsome, but when he sleeps, I can look at him as long as I want, without worrying that he can see me.' She had arrived at Kurama's house about a minute before he woke up. She always found it hard to look away from him, day or night. Let's face it, he is perfect, and he is the one who saved her from those demons. She smiled and a little color rose to her cheeks. She was flattered that Kurama changed into his Yoko form to save her, especially since he rarely transformed at all. Recently, she found herself looking forward to seeing Kurama and hearing his soothing voice more and more, though, she didn't think that he felt the same for her.

She finally arrived at the park and spotted Kurama leaning against a tree. 'Looks like he is the only one on time as usual,' she thought to herself.

Kurama smelled the air and looked up to see Botan running toward him. He smiled, ready to greet her, when suddenly Botan began to lose control, falling headfirst toward the cement. As fast as he could, Kurama dove to catch Botan before she hit the ground. He turned her over to see her face. She was unconscious and began to pale.

"Hold on Botan," he whispered as he picked her up and ran back to his house where he would contact the rest of the group and tell about what had just happened.

Kurama sat in a chair beside his bed where Botan laid. 'She looks so pale,' he thought as he leaned over to brush her hair out of her face. He closed his eyes at the softness of her skin. He gently brushed his fingers over her cheek. He shuddered. The touch of her skin sent a burning sensation through his entire body. 'Why does she make me feel this way?' He continued to stroke her cheek when suddenly the door slammed open.

"Kurama, is Botan all right?" asked Yuuske.

"I'm not sure," answered Kurama as he took his hand away from her face, hoping nobody noticed. "She seems to be in a deep sleep of some kind."

Yuuske, Kuwabara, Keiko, Shizuru, Yukina, and even Hiei came into Kurama's room, surrounding Botan.

"Oh, Botan," said Keiko with concern.

Yukina reached over to feel Botan's forehead. "She's a little warm, but it doesn't seem to be a fever or anything."

"Yes, that was my conclusion," said Kurama

Hiei's voice entered his mind. 'Yes, I'll just bet that was why your hand was touching her face when we walked in.'

Kurama gave Hiei a deadly glare.

"So, what should we do? Should we tell Koenma or something?" Yuuske asked.

"Yes, Koenma should be informed. I'll go, but someone should stay here with Botan," Kurama stated.

"We will stay with her," offered Keiko.

"Yes," Yukina agreed as Shizuru nodded her head.

"Oh, Yukina," said Kuwabara passionately, "you are so generous. You are the prettiest, nicest, and greatest girl I have ever met, and . . . "

Shizuru through a book at Kuwabara's head before he could finish.

"Save it, Bro. Botan needs our help."

"Well, what are we supposed to do?" Kuwabara complained.

"You two should check around the city for any strange activity. I will join Kurama in informing Koenma," said Hiei.

"Sounds good," Yuuske said, "But wouldn't you be more useful with that, three eyes?"

"Yuuske is right Hiei," said Kurama. "It would probably be more efficient if you search the city."

"Hn, fine," Hiei answered, then he turned around and left the room in a flash.

"Yes, we should get a move on too," stated Kurama. "Yuuske, Kuwabara, you can still scout around in the park, where Botan fainted."

"Oh, darn. I wanted to help Yukina," Kuwabara said, pouting.

"I have all the help I need Kazuma," Yukina said with a friendly smile. "Thanks anyway."

Kuwabara dropped his head in defeat and disappointment. "Oh, sure Yukina, It's all right."

"Come on, Duffus, lets go," said Yuuske, pulling Kuwabara by his shoulders out of the room.

Kurama took one last look at Botan before he left. 'She looks so peaceful when she sleeps,' he thought to himself. 'Please be all right.' He then left for Reikai, wanting desperately to help Botan as fast as he could.

"Did you see how Kurama looked at Botan just now?" asked Keiko. Yukina nodded in agreement.

"Yeah, that boy is so in love with her," said Shizuru while lighting a cigarette.

"Oh, really?" stammered Keiko, "but, how can you tell?"

"I can sense these things, trust me, and she loves him too."

Just then Botan sat up and screamed so fast and loud that the others jumped across the room in shock and fear. Then, just as fast as it happened, Botan's eyes slowly shut, and she fell back on the bed.

"What the hell was that?" Shizuru asked still shocked.

Unknown to them, a dark figure stood in an alleyway looking into Kurama's room at Botan. 'So, Haruko, I have finally found you.'

Prologue: Part II

"Botan what?" Koenma asked as he lifted his eyes from his paper work to look back into Kurama's, demanding more information.

"She just fainted," answered Kurama, "for no apparent reason. She doesn't have a fever or anything, and I was unable to wake her."

Koenma looked down in deep thought. 'Hm . . . could it be . . . ? No, It's been too long. It's not possible.'

"Koenma . . . do you have an idea of what is going on?"

"Well, I am not certain at this point."

"But you have an idea."

"Well, we here at Spirit World have seen this kind of thing happen before when some persons' memories have been blocked and suddenly reawakened."

"But Koenma, why would Botan's memories need to be blocked?" Kurama asked.

"It's a long story, but basically, when Botan came to work for us, she requested that her memories be erased. You see, she had a difficult life and felt that she would serve Rekai better with a clear mind."

"Erasing one's memories is never the answer," stated Kurama. "They will always come back to haunt you later."

"Yes, but for some people, it is necessary. It gives them time to heal, and a fresh start for a new life."

"Heal?" Kurama asked. "What would Botan need to heal from?"

"Like I said, it is a long story that I would rather not get into now, besides, we don't know if this is really the case," answered Koenma.

Kurama looked down with a worried expression on his face. "Then what is happening to her?"

"I am sure Botan is all right, Kurama. She is a strong girl. She can take care of herself. She probably just overworked herself on your last assignment."

Kurama's eyes closed. He didn't prefer thinking about the last assignment Koenma had given them; he didn't like to think about last night. He, for some reason, felt responsible for what happened to Botan. He could still see the terror that was in her eyes and it hurt him, like he had let her down.

"Go back and check on Botan, Kurama. I'll look into what could have happened to her. Report to me if there is anything strange."

"Of course, Koenma." Kurama couldn't help feeling a little irritated at Koenma for not taking the matter more seriously, but he bowed and left, wanting to see Botan and make sure she was all right.

When Kurama arrived back at his house, it was already late afternoon. He heard the voices of the girls coming from his room. 'Sounds like everything is normal,' he thought. He opened the door and saw Botan sitting up in his bed, smiling.

"Oh, Hello Kurama," Botan said smiling.

"Botan! You're awake. How are you feeling?" He walked over to her and felt her forehead with one hand and held her hand with the other. She was perfectly fine. He looked at her and she started to blush.

"I'm fine, really. I just feel a little bit dizzy is all. It is probably just stress from work." She looked up into his eyes and held his gaze.

"Well, we should go now," said Shizuru uncomfortably.

"Yes, we should try to find Yuuske and Kuwabara and let them know everything is all right," said Keiko.

"I am so glad you are feeling better, Botan," Yukina said as she smiled. "I guess we'll see you later,"

They all said their goodbyes and left, leaving Botan and Kurama alone. It was silent for a while, before either of them spoke. Kurama knew what he had to say. For a while now, Botan was the only thing on his mind, and with the two latest incidents concerning Botan's health, he knew he had to get his feelings off his chest. He wanted to tell Botan how he felt for her, no . . . he needed to tell her.

Kurama took a deep breath. "I am sorry, Botan."

"For what?"

"For yesterday, for not being able to protect you from those demons."

"Oh, don't worry about that, Kurama. It's not your fault. I should have been more careful. Really, I got what I deserved for being so careless."

"That's not true, Botan."

They held each other's gaze, both feeling the same emotions: Uncertainty, desire, fear . . . and love.

"Botan . . . I, I was really worried about you today. I feel like, I should be protecting so much more than I am. I want you to be safe . . . always."

"I'm really sorry for worrying you, Kurama," whispered Botan. 'I didn't know he cared that much. Maybe, well . . . I should tell him how I've been feeling about him . . . no, he will think I am a silly girl with a crush,' she thought. "Honestly, Kurama, you don't have to protect me, I am . . . "

"Yes, I do Botan," Kurama said sternly. "You see I have come to realize that I care for you. I like you, Botan. I like you a lot."

Botan was shocked. "Really?" Kurama just smiled and nodded his head, a little afraid of how she was going to react. Botan just couldn't believe what she was hearing. She knew she liked him, but she never would have guessed that he would return her feelings. She smiled, knowing she had to get her own feelings off her chest. "I like you too, Kurama. I have for a while now, but I wasn't sure you felt the same way about me."

Kurama let out a sigh of relief. 'She returns my feelings,' he thought. "And I wasn't sure if you felt the same way about me as I do you, Botan." Kurama touched her chin with the tips of his fingers. The moment was perfect. The sun was setting, filling Kurama's room with a beautiful golden glow. Kurama took Botan's hand and squeezed it lightly, so happy that he confessed his feelings, and that she returned them. They both knew they loved one another. They just weren't ready to admit it to each other . . . yet. The sun was almost set and Kurama began to lean closer to Botan. Botan's heart started to race faster then ever as she leaned closer as well, ready to share their first kiss. Kurama felt Botan's breath on his face, then he . . .

"Yo, fox boy! What's this I hear about you sending us all around the city for nothing, and on a Saturday no less?" shouted Yuuske as he stormed into Kurama's room.

Kurama and Botan looked away from each other. That . . . was all it took to ruin the moment.

"Yuuske, you jerk!" screamed Keiko as she ran in after him. She punched him in the head. "I told you to drop it, why can't you ever grow up?"

"Because I am a hopeless dimwit who loves to relax and have fun on Saturdays! And now I want Kurama to explain things to me," Yuuske yelled back.

"Sorry Yuuske, I spoke with Koenma and he didn't think it was anything series. So, I came back and found Botan awake and feeling well."

"So you basically wasted my whole day and . . ."

"I'm sorry you guys, we are leaving now," Keiko said pulling Yuuske out of the room by his ears.

"YOU OWE ME BIG TIME FOR THIS ONE, KURAMA!" he yelled before he was out of the door.

"Unfortunately, I should go as well. I need to get back to Reikai."

"Of course, Koenma will be wanting to know you are all right," Kurama said, a little disappointed.

Botan got up, stretched, and then grabbed her oar. She was about to leave, but suddenly hesitated. She then turned around, gave Kurama a quick kiss on the lips, said goodbye, and left. Kurama felt his lips with his fingertips, his body shivering with the sensation. He never knew he could feel so . . . incredible over something so simple. He laid back on his bed, taking in the scent of Botan that still lingered. He closed his eyes and could only imagine what a real, passionate kiss from Botan would be like.

Outside, in the same alleyway, the same dark figure stood with a sadistic grin on his face. "So, it begins again," it said, then disappeared into the dark night.

Next chapter:

A month later and everyone has forgotten about Botan's fainting incident, that is, everyone except Kurama. Botan starts to get nasty flashbacks of her past, and her friends are all being attacked by vicious demons. Kurama is determined to learn Botan's past to help her through it, but it could be more then he could handle as Botan is slowly slipping into madness. (I suck at summaries, it will be better then it sounds.)

I will try to make the story more interesting then the Prologue. I hope everyone enjoys my first fanfic. The real story has a more solid plot line. I didn't really like my prologue, but I felt like it was needed to explain things for the plot later on. Just so you know, I'm the kind of writer who ties everything together in the end. All unanswered questions will, hopefully, be answered gradually as the story progresses. If anyone has any suggestions for me, it would very appreciated. Thanks for reading my Prologue.