I just watched ep 118 for the ten zillionth time and I logged onto the internet to check on Undying Devotion and saw this contest. So I sat around for 3 hours typing up a cute ficcy!

Unfortunately, the contest didn't end as quickly as I had expected, which is why it took so long for me to post it on Forgive me, but given my deep admiration for TailFluffGirl, I felt that she deserved to be the very first to post this fanfic on the internet.

Her wonderful site was the inspiration for it, after all!

Besides, it was about time I wrote a one-shot! With my fav couple too!

Please enjoy this as you would my other works, though I do ask that you refrain from reading if you, for any reason, dislike shounenai pairings.

Though I did refrain from including any particularly sexual, Yaoi situations in this fanfic,
I really don't care what anyone thinks of me or how my reputation will be affected once this fanfic is posted.

Why? Because I love it! It turned out better than expected and any flames will be disregarded and promptly deleted, though I'm always open to suggestions.

For those of you lucky Yaoi/Shounenai fangirls who've found your way here, I hope you enjoy!

Weird, But Not Alone

disclaimer

I, Kagura Fuujinnomai do not own Bankotsu, Jakotsu, or any of the other characters associated with the Inuyasha series.(Although I wish I did own those adorable, wonderful, super kawaii, sexy little sons of...ahem! anyways...)

I get nothing from writing my Fanfics.

I am simply a fangirl who wishes to share her passion with the rest of the world.

- sincerely,

Kagura Fuujinnomai

Bankotsu walked solemnly along the dirt road, kicking pebbles and rocks to try to calm a little of his frustration.
He tried to think but couldn't. His mind seemed clouded.

All he could think about was Suikotsu. He had been sure that Renkotu, if anyone, would be next to die after Ginkotsu.
But he had beenwrong...

He was feeling so lonely all of the sudden, because he realized that he had lost four of his team already.
The other two would leave him soon as well. He could feel it.

He blamed himself for not realizing just how formidable their new foes were.
Why had he even accepted those accursed jewel shards?!

That bastard Naraku hadn't given him enough information about his enemies either...

Bankotsu closed his eyes softly and walked on. Even if he wanted to he couldn't cry.
He was too strong for that.

He tried to stop it but his mind traveled back to that time... His awakening.

He kept his eyes closed and he almost felt like he was back in his own grave.
The blurry image of Naraku appeared, then grew clearer as Naraku began talking.

"Mezameru Bankotsu, Mezameru..." Had he even wanted to wake up?What else was there to do?

He sat up, thoroughly confused.
Naraku asked him if he was the leader of the Shichinintai, but he didn't answer.

Bankotsu could remember meeting someone like him before so he asked Naraku if he was the same youkai he had met.

Naraku introduced himself.
And that was when Bankotsu realized that he was truly alive again. He could remember his own death so vividly...

Naraku confirmed it. They were in the tomb of the Shichinintai.

Bankotsu turned around quickly to look at his own tomb.
The bones, clothes, and weapons of his fellow comrades were laying in a messy heap behind him.

He could easily recognize Jakotsu's precious Jakotsutou.

Horrible sadness flooded through his entire being, as did many memories of Jakotsu.
His memories were interrupted by Naraku, who told him that he had placed a Shikon shard within his body.

The power of the jewel had resurrected him!

Bankotsu was excited. He was alive again! He could feel and see so well!
He had finally awoken from that terrible long sleep he had plunged into...

He commented that the Shikon jewel was very useful, now understanding why the Naraku he had met so long ago was trying so hard to obtain it.

That was when Naraku asked him for his help.
In return, he offered six more pieces of the Shikon jewel, promising that Bankotsu could keep them forever.

He dropped the jewel shards on the floor and Bankotsu crawled over and picked them up.
When he looked back up, Naraku had disappeared... But he still heard Naraku's last words.

"Go with your partners and defeat my enemy together."

Bankotsu had sat down to think it over for a while. But in the end he decided that it was a good deal.
Even if this was a trick at least he could be with them for a little bit longer.

They too deserved to be alive again. To feel that wonderful refreshing feeling he had felt when he had taken his first breath.

He crawled over to Jakotsutou and gathered the remains of Jakotsu. It was pretty simple to find the right pieces.
He could almost feel Jakotsu's spirit in the bones that made up his body...

He separated them from the pile, forming an almost perfect skeleton with the many bones and placed the Jakotsutou by it.
He then dropped a single jewel shard onto the top of the spine.

Immediately, the skeleton perfected itself.
Every single bone flew back into it's original position and the skeleton began to glow.

Bankotsu shielded his eyes from the blinding yellow light, but just as suddenly as it had appeared the light vanished.

And there lay Jakotsu, his perfect body was just as it had been ten years ago.
His eyelids were closed softly and a small smile played on his painted lips.

Bankotsu could wager that he was dreaming of him...

He placed his right hand on Jakotsu's chest and shook him gently. His skin was silky smooth and so warm.
He could feel Jakotsu's heart beating gently beneath his fingers.

Jakotsu's eyes fluttered open. He sat up quickly, his eyes wide with shock.
"Bankotsu-Oo-aniki!"Jakotsu gasped, staring disbelievingly at him.

Bankotsu couldn't help but smile. He knew just how confused Jakotsu must've been but he didn't even feel like explaining.

Jakotsu was back! He wouldn't be alone anymore...

And that made everything worth it. Who cared if Naraku was trustworthy or not?
Any guy who would return Jakotsu to him was sent from the heavens.

Though why anyone in heaven would care about Bankotsu was a mystery, he was still very grateful.

He decided not to explain anything to Jakotsu just yet. He just wanted to hold him again.
Bankotsu held his arms open invitingly and Jakotsu didn't even hesitate before lunging into him.

He wrapped his arms around Jakotsu, not caring that he had knocked him onto the cold, hard ground. Not even caring that they were both nude.

Nothing mattered now. Nothing but his strong love for the man in his arms...

He knew Jakotsu felt the same way.

Jakotsu pushed himself up on his palms and gazed down into Bankotsu's gorgeous bright eyes.
He was familiar with the position he was in. It was one of his favorites, on top of Bankotsu.

His favorite was beneath Bankotsu.

He dipped his head and planted a soft kiss on his lips.

Bankotsu blushed. He had been waiting for him to do that. He kissed him back eagerly, entwining his fingers within Jakotsu's silky black hair.

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Bankotsu's thoughts were suddenly halted. The familiar sound of metal blades scraping together reached his ears.
It was the sound of Jakotsutou retracting.

He began to walk faster, eager to see him again. Jakotsu was so close...

A smile spread across his lips as he recognized the back of Jakotsu. He was holding up some kind of cloth, and he was surrounded by dead horses and soldiers...

As if it mattered what he was doing!..

"Hey Jakotsu!" Bankotsu called to him, smiling. Jakotsu turned and smiled right back at Bankotsu.
He ran to him and showed him the new outfit he had just found.

A yellow yukata...What a surprise. More women's clothing...

Bankotsu just continued smiling at him. He wouldn't have cared even if Jakotsu was holding up his own clothes, announcing that he had decided to become a nudist.

"I was getting a bit cold..." Jakotsu explained. " So I just..." He was cut off by Bankotsu, who wrapped his arms around his neck and kissed him deeply.

But before he could even kiss back Bankotsu broke the kiss, grabbing his right hand.
He began to walk further along the path, pulling him along. "Then let's go warm you up..."

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Bankotsu rolled over, sighing contentedly. Jakotsu rolled over to face him and draped an arm over his bare back, and Bankotsu smiled at him, placing a hand on his cheek.

He closed his eyes softly and ran his fingers along the fang mark below one of his eyes.
He loved these marks. These marks couldn't be found anywhere else but on the face of the man he loved so completely...

"Hey Jakotsu..." He whispered, opening his eyes. Jakotsu stared into his eyes so he knew he was listening.

"I love you." he stated, resting his head on his arm.
"I love you too." Jakotsu replied. It wasn't the first time he had said it. And they both knew that it was true...

As much as Bankotsu would've loved to have stayed lying by his side, he knew that there was still much work left undone.

They'd have plenty of time to spend together after Inuyasha had been defeated...

Bankotsu forced himself to sit up and Jakotsu sat up as well. They began to pull their clothes back on.
Having to go back to battling was so disappointing, but Jakotsu understood why they had to.

They had to defeat Inuyasha to earn the jewel shards they had in their bodies.
And once they had they could live together forever. The jewels would make them both immortal.

And then they could make love as often as they wanted to and even reclaim their title.

They'd be the most feared men in all of Japan, and if any daimyos decided to kill them again they wouldn't be able to.
As long as the jewels were still in them they would regenerate even after being killed again.

The undead Shichinintai would be unstoppable!

Bankotsu stood up, fully dressed, and offered a hand to help Jakotsu up.
He finished tying on the new yukata he had found and took Bankotsu's hand.

"Oh isn't it beautiful!?" he squealed.

Bankotsu nodded, pulling him from the room and through the front door, stepping over the bodies of the two people who used to live in the house they were in.

He led Jakotsu out onto the porch and they sat, admiring the setting sun.

The thoughts of his dead brothers returned to Bankotsu's mind and he turned to Jakotsu for confirmation.
"I heard that Suikotsu died..." he said hesitantly.

Jakotsu sighed, resting his head on the palm of his right hand. "Yes, It was awful..."
He suddenly pulled his head from his palm, his eyes widening as if he had just realized something.

He put a hand down into the armor on his chest and pulled out a Shikon shard, holding it out toBankotsu.
"I nearly forgot! Suikotsu's shard..."

Bankotsu took it hesitantly, and looked up at him, thoroughly confused. "Jakotsu... This is for me?"

Jakotsu crossed his arms. "What? Didn't you order us to give you any shards that we found?"
Bankotsu lowered his head, closing his eyes softly, and Jakotsu tilted his head to see what was wrong with him.

A tear glistened in Bankotsu's left eye as he lifted his head. "Jakotsu... You..." He began, tears welling up in his eyes.
"Are so great!" He suddenly yelled, throwing an arm around Jakotsu's neck and pulling him closer to himself.

"Huh?.." Jakotsu was still confused...

"Truthfully, you're the only one in the world that I can trust!" Bankotsu announced, smiling widely.
Jakotsu continued his confused staring.

"Though..." Bankotsu hesitated, "You are a little weird..."
"You think so?" Jakotsu closed his eyes, smiling.

Then they both spontaneously burst out laughing.

But suddenly Bankotsu stopped laughing and turned back to Jakotsu.
"Hey Jakotsu..." He whispered. Jakotsu turned and stared into his eyes so he knew he was listening.

"I love you." He said again.
"I love you too." Jakotsu replied with a quiet giggle.

"Hey Jakotsu..." Bankotsu began, lying down with his head resting on Jakotsu's lap.
"What?" Jakotsu asked, playing with his long braid.

"I'm glad I'm not the only weird one..." Bankotsu mumbled, closing his eyes softly.

Then they both spontaneously burst out laughing again, the beautiful setting of the sun silently announcing the end of the day.

(AN. My first one-shot and my first Ja/Ban pairing! It's for the Happily Ever After fanfic contest on Undying Devotion.The best Ja/Ban site ever!! If you'd like to visit this site simply click the link I've put in my Author Profile.

Anyways I hope everyone liked the story!

I just wanted to tell the world that the famous Kagura Fuujinnomai fully supports the shounenai fangirls! Hell, she is one! Bankotsu and Jakotsu forever!!!)

Kagura Fuujinnomai