The Fall and Rise of Creed Diskence

An Alternate Universe Redemption Fic based on Yabuki Kentaro's Black Cat series
Black Cat and pretty near all the characters in this story belong to Yabuki Kentaro

Author's Forward:

I will be posting author's notes at my Live Journal (username: KosagiNoLegion), so as not to take up space here. Answers to any questions or comments and various trivia involved in creating this massive piece of fanfic will be posted there. As another note, after some backing and forthing with I think I've found a satisfactory voice change oOo with long line between major scenes. Oh, and if you'd review here, even if you discuss the fic on my LJ with me, it'd be really great. Thanks!

Interlude: Chronos & Hoshi

April 13, 2005

"I have a bone to pick with you."

"Really? Pork? Beef? Human?"

Xiao Li glared at the man standing atop the battlements of the great castle. Dressed more simply now in loose black pants and white shirt, the man's thick black hair hung loose around his face. He still had a piratical air, though. The look of a man ready to do anything and anyone. "Yours, if you do that again."

A slight pause followed as Tse Rao contemplated the fireworks rising above them. "But it was fun, Xiao Li. You're just jealous because I got to kiss him."

"Your point?"

Tse Rao turned to look at him. "Oh, really? You know you have no chance with that boy, don't you?"

Growling, Xiao Li clenched his fists. "Yes, I know."

"It's too bad, too. He'd be fun, if he were more open to alternatives."

There were times when Xiao Li's humor went entirely out the window. This was one of them. "What the hell are you up to? Why are you working for the Hoshi, anyway?"

Violet eyes turned to meet his, their expression amused. "I could ask you the same question. Why are you working for Chronos?"

There were few people who could annoy Xiao Li the way Tse Rao could. "I have my reasons," he stated flatly.

"Then my answer is the same. I have my reasons." Tse Rao turned his attention back to the fireworks. "Oh, that's a good one. They've improved a lot this century." He smiled happily and added, "Xiao Li, I don't tell my children what to do. I don't expect them to tell me what to do."

"I don't want to have to fight you."

Amusement curved lips very like Xiao Li's, in an expression that he knew annoyed everyone else. "I don't plan on fighting you. Hopefully it won't come to that. Your pretty little boss might manage to figure out who is doing what to whom before we have a war no one can win. Sheldon's doing his best, but there's only so much he can do with a situation like this." Tse Rao straightened up as the last ember of the fireworks display disappeared. "You tell her, boy, she's got a traitor in her midst. Someone's been leaking her plans to the Rosenkaveliers. I'd tell you who, but it's a secret - even from me. Now run along, son. It's late and you should be getting more sleep."

With a snap of the fingers, Tse Rao disappeared, leaving Xiao Li to find his own way down.

To Be Continued...