Well, the votes have been tallied and I'm proud to announce that the winner is. . .uh. . .hmmm.

Ya know, I don't really think there can be a winner. . .I mean. . .this wasn't really a contest. .

.more of a choice really. . .can you have a winner for a choice? I guess that's really a matter of

opinion. But the definition of "win" is to: be successful or victorious in (a contest or conflict),

gain as a result of success in a contest, conflict, or manage to succeed or achieve something by

effort. None of those include the word "choice" but there was still conflict. So if there was

conflict then I suppose there can be a "win" hence making there be a "winner". But then again. .

.oh ya know what? I don't really care about this and you're probably just waiting for me to end

this so that you can continue with this story. So lets just get on with it. Oh and by the way, this

will be the last chapter in the story, so like always, brace yourself for what's about to happen.

ENJOY! :)

I do not own jin and touya nor yu yu hakusho (I once heard that starlight gives you cancer)

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Hiei stared once more at the glowing object he now held in his hands. Time was running

out and it was time for him to make his stand. Everything, everyone's future rested with him,

and no matter what decision he made someone was going to die. But. . .there was still a chance.

"I have spent my life caring for me and me alone. I discovered a long time ago that I was

the only one I could trust, that everyone else would just use me for what they could and then

leave me to rot." He paused for a moment. "AND THIS TIME IS NO DIFFERENT!"

"Shishi ma Hiei. . .Hiei please. . ."

"AGAIN I HAVE BEEN USED JUST SO THAT OTHER YOUKAI MAY PROFIT!

AGAIN I HAVE BEEN TREATED LIKE A LOWER LEVEL SCUM! BUT I AM NOT

WEAK! I HAVE FOUND HAPPINESS! I HAVE FOUND LOVE! AND HIS NAME IS

KURAMA!" He stopped and glanced at the fallen Touya all hatred for the ice demon gone.

"But I have also made friends. Friends that have been through the same ordeals as me." He

turned once more to face the crowd that watched him. "The ice master has had no part in this,

neither has Kurama. They both deserve to have this. You." The fire demon had turned to

Supika and his eyes now saw nothing but her. "If I put this around their necks at the same time

would they both be healed?"

"Chittou. . .no. qwan san de momo desa. . .in fact I believe that would harm them more.

Pluse sango mahan ju. . .it would cause both their illnesses to combine. . .y wanshu ema dai sun. .

.and then cause them to become nothing."

"If I give this to you then what will you use it for?"

"Shin mama. . .my mother. Demo, fronda watai tai winni kulo eses wai. . .but, once she

heals I promise you our full assistance in the aid of your two friends."

"You lied to Jin, why should I trust what you say?"

"Yonsu ma qwen Jin sa. . .it is true that I lied to Jin and for that I am greatly sorry. Demo

ja vunma salii?. . .but why would I have come all this way and gone through so much trouble just

to betray you? Shishi ma Hiei, eiri sunda mai. . .please Hiei give the item to me, it is the only

way."

The fire demon took one last look at the fallen youkai behind him. He could not save

them both on his own and it was because of this that he knew what he had to do. His eyes once

again fell on Supika. "Fine, I shall give this to you."

"Arigato Hiei, junma. . .thank you Hiei, you. . ."

"But only under my conditions!"

"Huh?"

"I haven't spent years perfecting my you-ki only to be tricked by a demon like you. I am

no fool. You will take ME to your village and I will put this. . .thing around your mother's neck

myself, and if your lying," The dragon's red eyes narrowed, "may Inari have mercy on your

soul..."

!#$%&()

It took perhaps four hours to reach the front gate of Supika's village, but to everyone in

the traveling party it seemed to take only moments. Kurama's condition had begun to worsen

greatly and as Hiei held him in his arms he could almost SEE his life draining away. Touya

himself was also fairing the same way. Hiei had fixed him up slightly so that he would be easier

to transport, but it had come to late, and as the ice master slept in his arms Jin knew it was only a

matter of time before his long time friend passed on. "Hunda, flam bai sun ma. . .that's it, that's

my village."

"Hn. It's about time." Those were the last words spoken as the line of youkai marched

into the small grouping of homes. They were almost there now, fore Jin remembered vividly the

hut in which Supika's mother slept, but even through this knowledge something still troubled the

wind master. Sazuka had been all too willing to come along on this journey, all too willing to

see it through to its completion. He had never once made an attempt to get the kubikazari nor did

he protest when Hiei decided to give it to Supika. And if Supika DID awaken her mother, would

that not mean the end of Sazuka? Something just wasn't right, but Jin could no more understand

it then he could forget about it.

After a few more minutes had passed, the demon crew found themselves within the hut of

the dying tribes woman Kansaki and it had remained just as Jin remembered it. All around the

room there seemed to be the scent of death. It flooded every corner, every inch of the room and

left a stinging sensation in the nostrils of the youkai that now stood within. "Eshuma Kansaki,

Hiei. . .this is Kansaki, Hiei. . .wasuna mama. . .my mother."

The fire demon stared at the elderly woman lying in the center of the bed. She was very

beautiful, but lacked the power of her daughter. But there was still the faint trace of you-ki left

inside her and that was enough to give her a living glow. "All I have to do is put that thing

around her neck and she'll heal?"

"Hai. . .yes"

"And she'll help us when I do?"

"Hai. . .yes"

"Then hold this." He dumped the unconscious Kurama in the warrior youkai's arms and

pulled from beneath his cloak the item which had caused so much trouble. He walked slowly to

the edge of the bed and leaned over so that only centimeters separated his face from that of the

woman. It was all coming down to this moment. Soon it would all be over and peace would

once again be granted to them all, and all he had to do was place the kubikazari around the neck

of this dying elder. Hiei reached over and began to place the string of gems along the youkai

girl's collar bone, and reach under to clasp it around her neck. But as he did so, a new realization

came over the master of wind as he remembered something Supika had said only a short time

ago: "IF YOU DO NOT THEN WE WILL GIVE SAZUKA THE ITEM HE WISHES, THE

ITEM NEEDED TO REMOVE TOUYA'S SOUL. . .YEARS AGO A MAN NAMED SAZUKA

CAME TO OUR VILLAGE, WE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT HE TOO WAS A

COLLECTOR OF RARE ITEMS. . .IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE TRIAD SAZUKA

NEEDS THE SOUL OF A FIRE DEMON WHO LOVED AN ICE, AN ICE WHO LOVED A

WIND, AND A WIND WHO LOVED A FIRE. . .TELL HIM SAZUKA! TELL HIM ABOUT

MUJIHI!" And then, he remembered something Hiei had said as well: "HE'S MY FATHER. . ."

And then it all came together.

"NO HIEI DON'T BE DOIN' IT! STOP!" But it was too late. As the final words left

the wind master's lips the sound of the kubikazari echoed throughout the chamber, its light

washing over everyone within. The ground began to shake and the very earth itself began to

tremble under the tremendous power of the now completed spell. But through it all, one sound

could be heard, one insidiously evil happening that seemed to pierce through the hearts of any

and all that could hear it. Laughter.

"NOW YOU SEE MY PLAN HAS NOT FAILED ME! YOU HAVE DONE WHAT I

HAVE WANTED ALL ALONG!"

"Nani. . .what?!"

"YOUR MOTHER WAS NEVER ALIVE! I KILLED HER AGES AGO! BUT THE

POISON I USED BORE THE HINT OF MY YOU-KI MAKING IT APPEAR AS THOUGH

SHE STILL CONTAINED LIFE! SO NOW YOU HAVE TRIED TO HEAL A PERSON THAT

HAS ALREADY PASSED ON AND HAVE GONE AGAINST THE VERY LAWS OF THE

MAKAI!"

Hiei turned to Supika. "What's this bastard talking about?" But it was the wind master

who answered.

"Ya can't be bringin' someone back from bein' dead, it's bein' against the rules. And

since Kansaki isn't bein' alive then there's bein' nothin' ta heal except her soul, AND

SAZUKA'S GONNA BE TAKIN' IT!"

"WHAT? WHY?!"

"CAN'T YA BE SEEIN' HIEI?! HOW ELSE WOULD SUPIKA BE KNOWIN'

ABOUT YER DAD?! KANSAKI WAS LOVIN' 'IM! AND I WAS SENSIN' IT THE FIRST

TIME I WAS HERE! THE ONLY REASON SUPIKA COULD BE TAKIN' AWAY MY

POWERS WOULD BE IF SHE WAS LEARNIN' FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS HAVIN'

THE SAME!"

"What the hell are you talking about?!"

"KANSAKI WAS BEIN' A WIND DEMON, AND YOUR DAD WAS BEIN' A FIRE!

THAT'S WHAT SAZUKA WAS NEEDIN'! A WIND WHO LOVED A FIRE!"

"THAT'S RIGHT MY FALLEN SHINOBI FRIEND! You're smarter then I gave you

credit for! It is true that the kubikazari cures anyone it touches, but how can it heal something

that is not alive? Therefore, it extracts their soul instead, making it exceedingly simple to take

away. As I will now demonstrate." The clown youkai then began a chanting spell his voice

bellowing out from the very pits of his chest and with its completion a small white mist began to

escape from the tribes woman's pale lips. It hovered in the air a moment, and then floated

towards the chanter only to rest in a vile the youkai now held in his gloved hand. Without a

moments hesitation, Sazuka sealed the bottle and it began to shine a luminous silver in the dying

light of the hut. "Oh, and while I'm at it." He extracted another vile from his costume, this one a

crystal blue. He uncorked it and again a white mist began to arise from a pair of fragile lips.

Only this time it was not Kansaki's. . .it was Touya's.

"Hold on now! Whatcha doin'! How can ya be doin' this!?!"

"Simple my wind master, it all has to do with the ice demon's escape. You see I thought

that when he had left that all was lost but then I remembered something I had learned a long time

ago, back when I was first studying the art of you-ki. It seems that a youkai's soul is directly

linked to his spirit energy, and in so being must always be joined with it. Therefore, if you

possess all of a demon's energy, their soul must come to you."

"That's bein' a lie! Touya's havin' way too much power to be bein' put in that thimble of

a thing!"

"Under normal circumstances I'd be inclined to agree with you, but you see. . .Touya was

already weakened and put all of his remaining essence into an ice sculpture he had made to fool

me. Heh. . . I guess the jokes on him." The final bits of mist entered the container, and again the

vile was sealed without hesitation. "Thank you all for your help, and if you'll excuse me I'll be

on my way. But I'd like to thank you most of all Hiei. . .I couldn't have done it without you."

"Why you rat bastard!" The fire demon pulled out his katana and all at once lunged at the

grinning youkai, but it was not to be. With the slightest move of his hand, the beautiful Sazuka

disappeared into nothingness, all traces of him gone. But his voice could still be heared, a faint

echo on a dying wind. "Now now, that's not very nice. But I'll let it slide seeing as how you've

been so helpful. You'll never find me you know, though I'm sure you'll try and I'm looking

forward to watching you do so. But I'm afraid we must say our farewells here until we by chance

meet up again someday. Oh, but one last thing before I go." There was silence a moment. "The

Yoko has died." And then there was nothing, and all the demon's eyes turned at once to the still

body resting in Supika's arms.

The fire demon walked towards her, his arms outstretched. Gently, the demon girl placed

the fox in the dragon's hands, the horrid sting of tears beginning to well up in her eyes. But she

did not need to cry, fore another had already begun to do it for her. The wind master, as he held

his lifeless friend, had finally let his sorrow free and now there was only his breathless sobs. But

his was not the only sound to be heard in that somber chamber, fore a new one was soon to enter.

A light clicking noise, repeated what seemed like a million times over, coming at faster and

faster speeds. And then Supika realized what it was, what few youkai had ever hoped to witness.

It was Hiei, his tear gems falling to the floor like a thousand drops of crystal rain. There was no

reason to hold them back now, no reason to hide the sadness. All there was, was pain. "Shomo. .

ikura nansu ma." She said. And though she spoke to no one directly, her words could still be

heard by all. . .and they were words that would echo through the hearts of youkai legend for all

time. . . "So," she had said. "The fire also cries. . ."

-Onwari-

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hmm. . .I mean. . . what do you say about

something like that? I kind of feel like I'm at a funeral. . .ya know. . .like I'm not supposed to

talk. In fact. . . . I don't really feel much like talking. . . .so I think I'll end my author's note now

and observe a moment of silence for our fallen heros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I'll try to have the first

chapter of the next story up soon. . . . . .and hopefully. . . . . .it won't be as sad. Write soon

everyone. . . . .

Love always,

Thesixthshinobi