See you soon
Kazuki literally woke up screaming and thrashing his arms. He couldn't recognize the people who rushed into the room trying to hold him down. A needle was inserted into his neck and his vision became even more blurry but he was much more calm now. Once again he fell asleep.
The second time Kazuki woke up he was much more coherent. He could see clearly and no one came rushing to the room. Kazuki eyes darted back and forth across the room. He wasn't in his own room but rather a hospital room. He sank back into his pillow barely able to breath. He tried to calm down but everything was much too clear for him now.
He felt some of the scars on his body. Most were still there, old and new. He sat up and put his legs over the bed. He shuddered uncontrollably. Maybe he had dreamed everything. Maybe he was still just a 12-year-old kid ready for his dad to take him home. Kazuki felt tears slide down his face and even flow over the cross on his cheek. He wasn't sad, just overwhelmed with all the emotions he didn't have time to feel earlier.
He shook his head and continued to cry. "No…if none of this hadn't happened I wouldn't have these scars." He stood up and walked over to a mirror. His hair was shorter now. It had been cut in his sleep to get some blood out. His eyes were wide and his face was pale. Scars were everywhere on his body, from large to big ones. Some of the bigger ones was a scar right on his side, one on his foot, plenty on his neck, the cross on his check, and a deep gash on his back.
Kazuki could hear someone opening the door so he rushed to it and slammed it shut. As soon as it was completely shut he bolted it shut and sighed. He wanted just a little bit more time by himself. He could hear pounding on the other side. He grabbed a chair sitting by his bed and he wedged it under the doorknob. The pounding persisted for a little while more then there was silence. He sighed with relief and sat down on the bed.
"Did I really do all that…?" He asked himself falling back. He closed his eyes and imagined the vivid memories of what happened from the time he woke up in a trance from the time he was knocked out from Kenshin.
"Kenshin…" Kazuki said the name quietly. "He was going to kill me. I was going to die…" He sat up with a quick jolt. "Holy shit what if I did die?" He ran over to the window and opened it. A breeze came in and he sighed in relief. The view was of Tokyo, not some heavenly paradise—or a fiery hell.
Someone was trying to open the door again. He heard an awkward sliding noise and then a swooping noise. He raised an eyebrow and walked over to the door.
The door fell in two pieces and Kazuki was pinned to the wall.
Kenshin frowned and kept the blade to Kazuki's neck. Kazuki eyes were wide with horror and Kenshin saw this. His eyes had lost their yellow color and were back to violet. Kenshin sighed and put his blade back in his sheath. Kazuki slid against the wall gasping for air. He didn't realize that he had stopped breathing for a while.
"It's safe to come in." Kenshin shouted.
After saying this the Kitakawas, Sanosuke, Inuyasha, and Kagome came in. Kazuki just sat there like a scared rabbit. He was panting waiting for someone to say something but they all just stood there staring at him. If he hadn't cried already he would've cried again. He gulped and finally Inuyasha said something.
"I guess Kagura was right when Naraku left. He was going to turn back to normal with the rat lady gone." Inuyasha muttered.
Finally Mrs. Kitakawa broke down crying and ran over to Kazuki. She leaned down and held him in her arms. "Are you okay?" She asked through tears. "It's alright now…you're home."
Sanosuke sat down in a chair and crossed his arms and legs. "So what exactly happened to Kazuki?"
Kagome took a seat on the bed and explained what Kagura had explained to them. "Well, while we were fighting Naraku some demon woman tried to protect him and Inuyasha killed her. After Naraku fled—again, Kagura came back. She saw what had happened to the woman, I think she said her name was Salali, and she explained that Salali had taken control of Kazuki." Kagome took the jewel shard out of her pocket that had started it all and studied it. "I was supposed to be the one infected by the blood. But Kazuki found it first."
Sanosuke raised and eyebrow at her remark. "Okay Kagome, exactly how did Naraku plan on getting the shard inside of you?"
Kagome shook her head and shrugged her shoulders. "I don't really know, but it wasn't the shard that was necessary, it was the blood on the shard. So the rabid squirrel Kazuki was talking about when we first met was probably on its way to bite me."
"Okay…another question…how did the squirrel get to this time?"
Kagome stopped for a moment to think. "Hm…maybe it followed me and snuck along? I don't know!" She fell onto the bed spreading her arms. "But the demon's blood was able to control take control of people…or act like a poison in Inuyasha's case."
Sanosuke put up his hand and pressed each finger as he began to list stuff off. "Okay, so let me try to get this straight. Squirrel travels to this time, looks for you, but Kazuki finds it first and gets the jewel shard. But—because Kazuki wasn't bitten or whatever your theory was he didn't get put under the jewel's control. So afterwards when he comes back to Kenshin's time and mine and he puts the jewel shard in the blood finally begins to infect him. So finally when Kazuki is knocked out it finally takes full control and—BAM! Kazuki is under mind-control."
"I think that's the jiff of it…" Kagome groaned.
A cold chill went down Sanosuke's spine and he grabbed his shoulders. "God dammit I hate demons. Just thinking about them gives me the chills." Sanosuke looked over at Kazuki through the corner of one of his eyes. "So, does the kid remember any of it?"
"I don't think…" Kagome began.
"Every last bit of it…" Kazuki muttered. He let out a deep breath. Kazuki shuddered from the thoughts that passed through his mind. "I…I…I don't know." He stuttered.
Inuyasha sat next to him and placed a hand on his shoulder. Kazuki brushed it aside and just sat there. Inuyasha frowned. "It's not your fault you know that."
Mrs. Kitakawa hugged Kazuki and rocked him lightly. "He's right, it's not your fault. Just like it wasn't your fault last time…"
Kazuki rested his face on his knees and mumbled something.
"What?" Mrs. Kitakawa asked.
"I remember who killed dad…"
Immediately Inuyasha's, Kagome's, Sanosuke's, and Kenshin's eyes looked at Mr. Kitakawa with sheer shock. He didn't look dead…or was he…
Mr. Kitakawa's eyes darted back forth around the room and he swatted Inuyasha's hand. "No!" He yelped.
Kisho rolled his eyes and scoffed, "Why, you guys are bright!" He put his hand to his forehead and shook his head in disbelief. "Wow—That's not Kazuki's 'dad'. Kazuki has been adopted." He lifted up two fingers. "In fact, twice."
Kagome sat up. "I guess that explains a bit…especially why you were mean to me."
Kisho cleaned out his ears with his pinky. "No…I was mean because I just don't like you."
Mr. Kitakawa cleared his throat. "Instead of rambling on Kisho would you let Kazuki finish?" He nodded at Kazuki. "So what do you remember."
Kazuki shook his head and sighed. "It's not important…wherever that guy is he's long gone…" He gave Kagome and Inuyasha a grief-stricken expression. "Are Sango and Miroku okay?"
"Feh, they're a little beat up but they'll come to." Inuyasha grumbled. "Nothing a little while off won't cure."
Kagome knelt down next to Kazuki and forced a smile. "Don't worry, we're all fine. Everything will be back to normal." Her expression became a little sadder. "We deal with this…all…the time…"
Kazuki stare was blank and he looking at a single tile on the hard floor. "You've killed people you care about…" Kagome was about to say something to that but couldn't think of anything. "You become possessed frequently?" His voice was becoming harsher. "Kagome—I've had both of my birth parents taken away from me, I've had my adopted father taken away from me, and I watched all three of those people die right before my eyes." He was nearly screaming now and tears were streaming down his face. "But that…I've…Have you ever suffocated someone? Choked them to death?" He was nearly choking on tears. "I've never killed anyone in my life…and I've killed a whole village…I killed Meia…" He lifted his face up towards the ceiling. "Wow…I can't even describe how I feel. Whatever I didn't feel then I sure as hell feel now."
Kenshin walked over to Kazuki and slapped him.
"Oh my god, he just bitched slapped Kazuki!" Kisho yelped.
Kazuki sat there wide-eyed. Mrs. Kitakawa just covered her mouth in shock.
"Now…" Kenshin began. "Stop feeling sorry for yourself!" He stared Kazuki straight in the eye. "It wasn't your fault! If it hadn't been for you it would've been someone else! Just be glad that it was someone who actually felt remorse for their actions! You can make up for your mistakes." He shook his head softly. "When I was a manslayer I could stop my actions—you couldn't. You weren't yourself when you killed those people."
Mrs. Kitakawa interrupted Kenshin's moving speech. "Let's go home Kazuki…you can take them back tomorrow."
Kazuki rubbed the mark on his face and nodded. He had slapped his scar and it stung. He was no longer immune to pain without the jewel shard. Every inch of his being ached and made him want to throw up right at that instant. Mrs. Kitakawa helped him up and led him out of the room. The rest of his family soon followed.
Kagome looked over at Kenshin and Sanosuke. "I guess you two can spend the night at my place." She was kind of surprised to see that Kazuki didn't invite them over. "I'm sure that mother won't mind."
When the group arrived back at Kagome's house Mrs. Higarashi was more then willing to let the group stay at her house. She had already been told what had happened in the Feudal Era; she wasn't too surprised to see that Kazuki's mother hadn't invited them over. The whole time that Kazuki had been in feudal Japan with the group Mrs. Kitakawa had spent most of her time at their house, excluding the time she spent at work. Inuyasha went back to Feudal Japan and almost immediately the group went to bed. Sanosuke ended up sleeping on the couch in the living room and Kenshin slept in a recliner.
The next morning everyone in the house woke up to the doorbell ringing at about 7:00 in the morning. Kagome dragged herself out of bed and opened the door to see Kazuki standing there with his head hanging slightly.
Kagome let out a loud yawn and wiped her eyes with her fist. "Kazuki…" she said groggily, "what is it? Do you know what time it is…?"
"I need to take them back now." Kazuki grumbled. He looked up to see Sanosuke and Kenshin enter the room. "Unless you plan on taking them back."
Kagome looked at him strangely. "Why so early though?"
Kazuki put his head down again and stared down at her doorstep. "We're leaving today."
"On vacation…?" Kagome questioned. She had a feeling she knew the real answer though.
Kazuki lifted his face. The expression wasn't sad, just emotionless. "No, we're moving." Before Kagome could respond he continued. "Ya, I know it's sudden. My mom said it'd be best if I got as far away from that blasted well…so I don't get 'temptations'."
Sanosuke scoffed a little and walked over to them and leaned against the doorframe. "Who does she think she is? A psychiatrist?"
Kazuki's felt a slight tug on his mouth and he smiled a little. "She is a psychiatrist."
Sanosuke just frowned at him and Kazuki's smile quickly went away. Sanosuke walked outside and towards the Kitakawa house. "Let me talk to her…"
Kenshin grabbed Sanosuke's shoulder. "Let's go, we've been here long enough."
Kenshin turned towards Kazuki and gave him a faint smile. "Let's go now."
Kagome decided to go with them back the Meiji Era. Kazuki jumped first down the well and the others followed after. Kagome was last to go down and when she came up the other three were already heading towards the dojo…
"Kenshin!" Someone shouted. It was Yahiko. He ran over to him and Kaoru jogged her way over. Kaoru had a basket full of groceries.
"You're back!" She exclaimed excitedly. "I thought we'd never see you again!" She glared at Kazuki. "Hey! What's the big deal snatching Kenshin like that!"
Yahiko gave her a suspicious glance. "What about Sanosuke…?"
Kaoru turned slightly red and got flustered. "Well, I-I—I…Hey! What's that supposed to mean you little brat?" She hit Yahiko over the head leaving a small bump. She turned back to Kazuki. "As for you…hey? What's wrong?"
Kazuki shook his head and started heading back to the well. "Nothing…bye…"
Sanosuke grabbed Kazuki's shoulder and whirled him around to face him. "Hey, come on. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. What you did happened a long time ago, decades—centuries." He thought for a moment. "I think? Well, it did happen a long time ago." He laughed nervously. He stopped and snapped his fingers. "Hey! How about you spend the night for awhile?" He nudged him lightly in the rib cage. "Mother isn't here to stop you…"
Kazuki forced a smile and shook his head. "Sorry."
Kaoru looked at Sanosuke and Kenshin trying to figure out what had happened but decided that they would have to tell her another time. She sighed and slumped her shoulders.
Kenshin rested his hand on Kazuki's shoulder. "I'm sorry that our time together couldn't be more pleasant." Kenshin gave him a warm smile. "Then again we're always together technically, but I'll miss you either way. Take care Kazuki, I hope that in time you can forgive yourself."
Kazuki nodded. "Bye guys…" Tears built up in his eyes but they didn't fall. "Maybe when I'm eighteen and outta Mom's care I can come and visit?"
Kenshin smiled. "Of course, I hope you can, that I do." He and the others started heading back to the dojo. "Bye Kagome, say good bye to everyone else! Until we meet again Kazuki!" He shouted back.
"Later kids!" Sanosuke added. "You better come back soon or I'll make sure my reincarnation kicks your ass."
When they were out of site Kazuki headed back to the well without saying anything else. When he got back there he sat on the edge on started to tear-up even worse. Kagome sat down next to him and gently put her arm around him. She patted his back and nearly started tearing up herself.
"It's okay Kazuki, you'll see them again." She reassured.
Kazuki shook his head. "I won't even be able to see you again."
"Well, for one Kisho hates your guts. He doesn't have a real reason…he just hates certain people." He wiped his eyes. "I'm not going to be able to come back here. I talked to Mom last night…she just said being here would cause nothing but trouble."
"You're family's pretty protective huh…" She gave him a concerned look.
"Ya…I was in pretty bad shape after Dad died. The Kitakawa's were all I had left." He sniffled and wiped his nose with his sleeve. "Damn, my life sounds like some bad online story plot, huh."
"Can you tell me? Just so it doesn't bug me for the rest of my life."
He nodded and sniffed again. "Well—when I was about five, I can't remember how old exactly, my real parents were in a bad car accident. So I was put in foster care, orphanage, adoption center, whatever you want to call it." He wiped his nose on his sleeve. "Dad's kid and grandson died in the same car crash."
"Wow—irony." Kagome said quietly. "So they hit each other?"
He shook his head. "No they didn't hit each other. They both got hit by a drunk driver, well, maybe it did a domino effect and…never mind just let me finish." He closed his eyes and thought for a moment trying to recall exactly what happened. "We were both left alone in the world so he took me in. We grew pretty close, after a few years he was my dad." Kazuki laughed a little and wiped his eyes. "Everyone thought I was his grandson but he'd always just smile and say I was his son. Then when I was…eight…I met the Kitakawas. They moved into the apartment next door. They became kind of a second family I guess. We were all like one big family kinda." He rubbed his eyes with the back of his other sleeve. "But one day when I was twelve while practicing sword fighting with Dad a man came…he killed him right in front of me."
"That's horrible…" Kagome whispered quietly to herself.
"I was put in the Kitakawa's custody." He sat there squeezing his eyelids tightly concentrating. "They took me out of school for a year and Mom spent most of her time concentrating on me. I wouldn't eat or sleep right so basically she had to make sure I taken care of." He opened his eyes again and looked at Kagome. "I got real skinny for a while." He turned his head straight ahead and stared at a squirrel intensely. He cringed at the site of it. "After a year of basically feeling sorry for myself Kisho came in to talk to me one day. He would've been—seventeen I think. He asked mom to leave and boy did I get my ass chewed out." Kazuki watched as the squirrel scampered back into the tree and he sighed. "He basically said that if I didn't stop feeling sorry for myself he was going to kick my ass. I just stared at him and basically he told me if I was gonna be sick and pitiful I might as well have someone to be sick and pitiful with." Kazuki put his hands in his pockets. "And out of that oversized jacket he pulled out the scrawniest puppy ever. He said he found it out wandering around aimlessly looking sorry and said it reminded him of me." Kazuki chuckled softly. "We hid her pretty well. We named the pup Temis. I shared my food with her—a lot of my food—boy did she get fat."
Kagome listened and nodded. She didn't mind Kazuki rambling. He had stopped crying now and looked kind of happy reminiscing.
"About a month after having Temis, Mom had me home schooled. Pops was a teacher and after he got home from work for about 2 hours he'd teach me the same stuff he taught his students. He taught me on weekends too. Kisho took me out to the track and we ran together. We took Temis too…I was too bony and he was too fat. I had been eating better though. Mom continued to give me the mental help I needed and she eventually found out about Temis. Since Temis helped me get better she let me keep her. When I was finally well enough to go back to public school my Mom wanted to give me a fresh start. She wanted me away from the apartments. I got to keep Dad's swords though. That was kind of cool. I couldn't remember a damned thing on how to use them so I was mad at myself for that. We then moved next door to you and I was going to be normal again…" He started to tear up again.
"I was going to have a normal life!" He screamed. "I was going to go to school! I was going to have a family!" He held the sides of his head. "I had to go and screw it up again…" He whimpered. "Why was I so intent on going with you?" He stood up and clenched his fists. "Now Mom's going to have me home schooled again. She's going to think I'm going to get depressed. Hell, maybe I will."
Kazuki stood up and hugged him. "Kazuki, don't say that. You're going to be fine. You're stronger then that now." She looked up and smiled. "You got Kenshin's spirit remember?"
Kazuki smiled weakly and nodded. "I'm not going to get sick." He made her let go and he leaned over the edge of the well. "I just wish that I didn't always screw everything up."
"You don't Kazuki."
He shook his head. "You're a pretty tough person Kagome. I don't see how a sane person like you doesn't crack after going through that kind of stuff."
She reached into her pocket and put his jewel shard in his hand and she clenched his fist together. "Here, you keep it. Incase you can come back." She gave him a wide grin. "Or so I can find you if I need to see you." She pulled out a pen from her pocket. "Here…" She wrote her number on his arm. "Just give me a call anytime you want to talk."
Kazuki looked at his arm and smiled. "First time a girl has given me her phone number."
"Ya…not exactly Romeo here." He looked at his arm and sighed. "I don't think Mom will let me talk to you."
"Well, just think about it. Maybe one day you'll have a cell phone or something." She walked over to the well and latched onto him.
"I won't but thanks."
They both pulled their legs over the edge of the well.
"You never know. Maybe your mom would let you call me. Maybe even on a payphone."
"Sure Kagome, I promise to call you when pigs fly."
She laughed, "Just remember what you're saying. If that were to happen you do have to call."
He nodded and they both jumped down the well. As soon as he climbed out his mother was standing there with her arms crossed. Kazuki gulped and she pointed to her car. Kazuki jogged over and gave Kagome a faint wave. Kagome could see that once again he looked sad. Mrs. Kitakawa left without saying goodbye. She crawled into the drivers seat and they pulled out of the Higarashi driveway. Kagome waved as Kazuki left. Kazuki just smiled at her. Before she knew it Kazuki and the rest of the Kitakawa's were gone. Her mother walked over to her and hugged her.
"I'm sorry that things turned out like this honey." She said to her daughter trying to console her.
"I'm not crazy am I?" She asked turning to her mother. She frowned. "I mean, this stuff after awhile doesn't bother me as much. Sure I'm sad…but I'm not going to be depressed."
"Kagome, you're perfectly sane." She hugged her daughter tightly. "Some people just don't have your strength."
"Sure Mom, whatever you say." She said trying to sound happy. "I just wish that Kazuki…"
Mrs. Higarashi stopped her daughter from saying thing else and started leading her into the house. "Just be glad he's safe. Sometimes…you should just let things go."
Kagome stared at her mother and then nodded. "You're right." She started to head back to the well house.
"Honey! Where are you going?"
"Feudal Japan, where else?" Kagome shouted as she ran into the well house. "See you soon!"
"See you soon." Kagome's mother repeated.
Water-Rose: Hopefully you all enjoyed this fic. There might be a sequel (Already 4 chapters complete). If you wish to see a sequel please say so in a review. The sequel will be a Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, and Yu Yu Hakusho crossover. I have the whole thing plotted out and there would be an estimated 25 chapters. Please review! Thanks for everyone who has reviewed. Thanks sis for proofreading. Now, if you want the sequel please tell me so! I want to know if anyone would actually read it! If enough people tell me they want to see a fic then so it shall be. It would appear probably sometime in September. I think I forgot tosay something...oh well.I hope everyone enjoyed reading this!