Twisted Lives

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This is the moment you all been waiting for.. well.. some of you, anyway. This is the sequel to Life Without You! Without further adue, here it is!

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Chapter 1 - Mood Swings and Cravings

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During the last few months, our little couple that is soon to be a family have been making plans for what they are going to do about the kit. And, of course, Kuronue and Hiei were their constant comedic break, adding humor to an otherwise, dull life.

"Damn you!"

"They're at it again.." Botan sighed as she pushed herself up. "If this keeps up, I'm never going to sleep."

"I'll handle this one." Youko stood up from his sitting position next to the bed and walked out.

They're worse than children and will kill me before this pregnancy has the chance to.

Botan let herself drop back down, closing her eyes. She hadn't been getting any sleep. It was like something was keeping her awake. And that something was her baby. It kicked a lot and she sometimes wished that she would give birth already. She was sometimes in so much pain that she would cry. After all, demon children were strong without even realizing it. And being inside of her.. She wasn't very big. Demon women tend to be small when they're pregnant, since the babies are very small themselves. She put her hand on her swollen stomach and began to hum that very same tune that she had when she had talked with Hiei in the beginning. She made a small circle with her hand as she smiled. Peace.. No kicking. She fell asleep quite quickly, her hand still resting on her stomach.

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Youko sighed.

"Finally.." He leaned against the wall. "I was beginning to think that she would be deprived of sleep for the rest of this pregnancy." Kuronue peeked in and smiled.

"Somehow, she seems different. I don't know how. She looks a lot better than she did back when we first met her, eh? I would say that you went and changed her life." He smirked when a proud look crossed Youko's face.

"In the start, it seemed like you two were enemies." Hiei managed to choke out since he had finally gotten the cloth that Kuronue had gagged him with out of his mouth.

"We were. But something happened." Youko smiled.

(AN - Bold is FLASHBACKS!)

Botan looked up and smiled lovingly at her demon lover as she helped bandage Kuronue's wound that he had gotten from Hiei. They just kept sneaking little glances at each other every five minutes, relishing in the fact that, in only months, they would officially have a family of their own. Botan's eyes, over the coarse of her pregnancy, went through a small change. They didn't know why but it didn't bother them. Her once amber orbs were turning amethyst, as from her human form. He hoped the child had those eyes. They were simply beautiful, considering that the amethyst was one of his favorite gems.

"All done, Kuronue. You really should be better behaved around Hiei." She shook her head, smiling. "I can say that you two will most likely kill me before this baby does."

"We'll be more careful for you, little fox. Don't you worry about that. I'll just have to tell Hiei that violence is no way to take out his anger." Botan sighed.

"Go twenty miles away before you do that, okay?" She asked, rolling her eyes.

(End Flashback)

"She sure had a temper, didn't she?"

"Hm?" Youko hadn't been paying any attention at all to what Kuronue had said.

"She had a temper, didn't she?" Kuronue repeated himself, knowing full well that the kitsune had taken a nice walk down memory lane. He had been doing that a lot lately.

"Still does." He mumbled. "Sometimes, with those mood swings, she could be more violent than Hiei."

"I remember when she threw that log at my head.. That hurt a lot.. There's still a bump." Kuronue sniffed and tenderly touched the side of his head. "And not only that, but she has damn good aim."

"Agreed." Youko had gotten hit with a rock for making her cry. Of course, that had not been his fault at all. He had merely been distracted from her when Hiei had mentioned their 'job.' She was sensitive.. very sensitive. And, on some occasions, she would take things the wrong way and get angry. And an angry Botan was not what these boys wanted.

"Oh, and by the way, I got Rumiko for us. She said that she'll help Botan deliver the little kit." Hiei said as he went to sit by the fire.

"Rumiko, eh? Isn't she the one that's been catching your eye?" Kuronue asked with feigned innocence.

"Don't start with me." Hiei growled warningly.

"She is quite attractive.. And she's got the prettiest brown eyes I've ever seen." Hiei bristled with anger.

"Settle down before Hiei kills you or you wake Botan up." Youko muttered.

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"I'm here!" Hiei's eyes snapped open and he looked over towards the entrance of the cave to see Rumiko. "Hey, guys!"

"Rumiko, you're just in time!"

"Is Botan in labor?" She asked, her heart nearly stopping to think that she didn't make it in time to see the mother-to-be before she gave birth.

"Oh, no. She's just having cravings so Youko left. Neither Hiei or I have had the guts to go in there." She sweat-dropped and her gaze went to Hiei.

"He's going to give me a heart attack someday."

"I'm surprised I haven't killed him yet." A light pink tint came to the koorime's cheeks as she walked by him and gave him a light pat on the head. When she was in Botan's room, Kuronue grinned.

"Hiei has a-"

"Don't you dare say another word or I will rip out your tongue and uproot your vocals. Keep going. I dare you." The demon's mouth snapped shut and he looked away. He was only silent for a moment.

"You just don't want to admit that you like her." Hiei stood up very slowly and was about to take a step forward when Youko walked in. He looked pretty beaten up. "Woah, what happened to you?"

"I hate those damn bogs."

"Which ones? The ones to the south or the ones to the east?"

"East."

"Those are the worst ones." Hiei muttered as he raised a brow. Youko took a sample of the air.

"Rumiko is here? When did she arrive?"

"Oh.. just a few moments ago." Kuronue answered boredly. "I'm going to go and play with some demons."

"Are there any approaching?" The demon shrugged and walked out. Hiei sat back down and sighed. "Thank you, good spirits." Youko merely shook his head before he walked into his room. Rumiko was sitting by the bed and she looked up and smiled, her brown eyes glittering.

"You have to be the luckiest kitsune alive. Your Botan is in the best mood I've ever seen for a kitsune or demon in general this far along in pregnancy." She grinned.

"You're a saint, Rumiko." He set the sack of sweets on Botan's lap and sat down. "How was your trip? You live quite a few miles away, don't you?" She nodded, sending her short brown hair forward a little.

"It was a good trip except that the rushing wore me out." She leaned in towards Botan. "Tell me when the baby kicks, okay? I wanna feel." A childish grin spread along her face when Botan nodded.

"I'll tell you." Youko leaned in towards her swollen belly, his ear twitching. He could hear the faint heartbeat. He stood up with a large fatherly grin on his face.

"I can't wait to see it." She looked over at Youko and smiled. "And neither can the father of the moment." This made the mother-to-be laugh.

"He's been doing this all week. If the anxiety doesn't kill him.." She trailed off. A light pink tint came to her cheeks. "I can't wait. I mean, finally.. I'll get to have a family."

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Botan groaned and sat up in bed. The baby kicked again. She felt Youko's arms wrap around her from behind and pull her back to his chest.

"You okay?"

"Yeah.. Our young one just kicked again. Why always when I'm sleeping..?" She felt another one and winced. Then she took one of Youko's hands and placed it where he could feel it move. He rested his head on her shoulder and allowed his tears to slide down his face. She stiffened. She could smell the tears. "You okay?"

"Yeah.. It's just so hard to believe." He began rocking slightly with her in his arms. "Any day now and we could be.."

"I know." She closed her eyes and held his hand. "I wonder what it is and what it will look like?" She whispered. He pulled her gently back down and kept his arms around her.

"Get some sleep, okay?"

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Koenma screamed as a huge pile of papers decided to fall over on him.

"We have to find that bandit! Ogre!"

"Yes, Koenma, sir?" A blue ogre asked, rushing over.

"Get Ayame and tell her to bring Yuusuke and Kuwabara here immediately!" The ogre rushed out of the room. He found where Youko was. He could make a portal for Yuusuke right next to his lair. He had to get the cunning kitsune or his father would have a fit. The door opened and the two teenaged boys walked in.

"Hey, Koenma. What's up?" Yuusuke asked, stuffing his hands in his pockets.

"I have a big case for you, Yuusuke." Koenma brought up Youko's picture. "You have to arrest this demon and bring him back to Reikai."

"Hold it right there. I have to arrest some demon?" Koenma nodded.

"You can't kill him. Oh, and you have to bring these others here as well. Kuronue, Hiei, and Botan. They are all bandits and they need to be stopped." He showed all of their pictures. "Is that clear?"

"Sure, why not."

"I made a portal right next to his lair for you. Good luck."

"Yeah, yeah. Come on, Kuwabara." The two walked out.

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Botan opened her eyes, sitting up. She looked around, seeing Youko no where in sight.

"You're awake." She saw Rumiko walk in. The dog demon smiled and sat down next to her. "How do you feel?"

"You don't want to know." The mother-to-be groaned. "I want to get out of this bed."

"But you can't go for a walk all by yourself.."

"I'll be able to walk around the cave. I just don't want to sit here."

"Okay." Rumiko helped her get up and walked behind her. Kuronue and Hiei were actually having a quiet conversation until they looked up and spotted her. Suddenly, she doubled over in pain and closed her eyes.

"I-I'm fine.." She grabbed Rumiko's hand and placed it over her stomach, smiling weakly. Kuronue went over, eyes wide.

"Can I feel?" Rumiko's brown eyes filled with tears and she smiled.

"Wow.."

"It's getting to be quite the violent one." She took Kuronue's hand and pressed it to a spot. He gasped and pulled away. Then he ran over to Hiei and grabbed the koorime, dragging him over.

"Feel!" Youko came back and blinked, staring at them with a confused look on his face. Hiei's face turned scarlet when he touched her. Then he blinked and a small smile worked it's way to his face. Botan looked up at him and smiled.

"Amazing, isn't it?" Then she sighed. "Too bad it hurts a lot.." Two people appeared at the entrance. Youko turned around and his eyes narrowed.

"Who are you?" He growled.

"My name is Yuusuke and this is Kuwabara. We've been sent from Koenma to take you to Reikai."

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.. Thank all of you who read and reviewed Life Without You.

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