Kurama followed Yusuke and Kuwabara out of the kitchen and into the living room. He was going to get an answer out of Yusuke even if it took all day...but he was hoping it wouldn't come to that. The boys were watching T.V., or pretending to. Kurama sat down next to Yusuke, trying his best not to anger him.
"Yusuke, is there something you'd like to talk about?"
"Is there something bothering you?"
"I know there's something bothering you and Kuwabara. I can't help you if I don't know what's bothering you."
"Nothing's bothering me."
"Yusuke, I refuse to go in circles on this subject, and I don't like it when you lie to me. Tell me what's wrong."
Kurama sighed and tried his best not to look angry. He knew that getting angry would make Yusuke hostile, then he'd never get Yusuke to talk to him.
"Yusuke, do you want to sit here all day?"
"Then tell me what's wrong."
"You're being stubborn and I don't know why. I'm just trying to help you."
"I don't need your help."
"Then at least tell me what's going on so I can stop being concerned about it."
"You wouldn't stop being concerned about it if I told you."
"Then you do need my help."
"No, I don't."
Toguro wasn't going to take anymore nonsense. Kurama was trying to help his friend and Yusuke was too busy being...well, Yusuke.
"That is enough. If you do not tell us what is bothering you, you will be here all day until I get an answer."
"You're only making it worse."
"No. You are just making it harder on yourself. Now, stop being difficult and tell us already."
"I guess I'll just show you."
Yusuke took off his shirt, showing an array of bruises, some older and darker than others. Kurama grimaced and Kuwabara turned away. The Toguro Brothers, being used to such things, showed no change in expression or demeanor. Karasu blinked, and Bui grunted at the sight when he walked into the room.
"Where did they come from?"
"None of your business."
"It is now."
"My dad, Muscles. You happy now?"
"Your father did this to you?"
"Didn't I just tell you that? Just leave me alone."
"Not until you tell me what happened."
"My dad found out I was leaving and beat me. Happens all the time."
"On a daily basis."
"How come I could not see them before?"
"I covered them up with make-up."
"You are staying here."
"I know that."
"No. You are not going back to that place."
"Since when do you decide where I live? I have a mother to do that for me, Muscles!"
"Does your mother know about the problem?"
"Yeah. She says I deserve it."
"You certainly do not. You are going to stay here. I will not allow you to be harmed by anyone in such a way."
Toguro turned to Kuwabara, who was then staring at the wall.
"Did you know anything about this?"
"Urameshi made me promise I wouldn't tell anyone."
"Yusuke, I would like to talk with you alone for a moment."
Yusuke followed Toguro to his room and sat on the bed, refusing to look at the much taller demon.
"Look at me, Yusuke."
Yusuke looked up at him, looking angrier than he did before.
"Do you really want to go back?"
"No, but I don't want to stay here."
Toguro held Yusuke's face in his hands as tenderly as he could.
"Is staying here that bad?"
"Not really, but you guys did try to kill us."
"I promise that will not happen again."
"What do you care, anyway?"
Yusuke looked like he was ready to cry, but pride kept him from doing so. Toguro wrapped his arms around him, and Yusuke nearly laughed at the thought that being hugged by Toguro was like being hugged by a huge bear.
"You're hugging me."
"I don't want you hugging me."
"Why? Are you ticklish?"
"I think you are lying."
"Well I think I'm not."
Toguro didn't believe him, especially when he tried to tickle him. Yusuke rolled back and forth, laughing so hard his stomach hurt.
"Stop! T-That tickles! Help!"
"I thought you were not ticklish?"
"A-Alright already! I am!"
"Are you ticklish?"
Toguro stopped tickling him, but Yusuke was still laughing.
"I knew you were lying."
"Laughed too hard?"
"What do you think? You know, I've never seen you laugh."
Yusuke found himself wishing he hadn't said so. Toguro's smile faded into the frown he always showed, and Yusuke swore that Toguro looked a bit older.
"Why do you always wear sunglasses?"
"I want to."
"I figured that much. Why don't you take them off?"
"I do not want to."
Yusuke snatched Toguro's sunglasses away, and was shocked. Toguro's eyes were blue and fierce. He felt like he had just been stabbed with ice due to the shivers racing up and down his spine.
"You have seen my eyes before, Yusuke."
His voice was caught in his throat. For a moment, he couldn't think of anything coherent to say. He swore he was frozen solid because he couldn't move. It was as though all time had stopped...and Toguro was just looking at him! 'If he were glaring at me...I'd probably be dead.'
"Do you plan on giving me back my sunglasses?"
"Uh...yeah. Here you go."
'He probably thinks I'm an idiot now. Wait a second...since when do I care what he thinks?'
Kuwabara stomped off to Aniki's room, with Aniki himself on his heels.
"Will you stop following me?"
"Why did you hide this from us when you knew your friend was being hurt?"
"I promised I wouldn't tell anyone, so I didn't tell anyone! I never break my promises."
"I see that. You still look concerned."
"Urameshi's not used to Toguro. It's going to take awhile..."
"I think that goes for all of us."
"Where's Hiei, anyway?"
"During the day he trains with Bui, and he sleeps in the oak tree in the backyard at night."
"He needs to relax...this was supposed to be our vacation, you know."
"It still is. We just need to get along."
"Isn't that why Koenma trapped us here?"
"He trapped you? I think of it as you all being grounded."
"I'd hit you right now, but I'm supposed to set a good example for Urameshi."
"Your friend is not in this room, so go ahead."
"No. You should never attack someone unless they try to hurt you...no matter how annoying they are."
"You think I am annoying? Well, I think you are not intelligent at all."
"I think you're a freak."
"Oh? Since when do people stare at freaks?"
"I don't stare at you. You're the one who stares at me!"
"What goes around comes around, right?"
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"You know exactly what it means."
Kuwabara scowled and climbed into bed. 'I hope Urameshi isn't having as much trouble as I am.' He drifted off to sleep, dreaming of kittens the entire night.
Kurama paced the room again and again while Karasu watched, and figured the bomb-weilder found it funny. He really didn't want to, but he couldn't help it. He was worried about how Yusuke would be while staying with Toguro. Once their 'vacation' was over, none of them would have an easy time visiting him. Toguro didn't live close to town, and Kurama wasn't sure he'd let Yusuke leave the house. Yusuke wasn't the type of person that stayed at home, either. Kurama had witnessed Yusuke sneaking out of his house more than once, and he got irritable quickly when he felt like he was being caged. Karasu was snickering at Kurama's musings.
"You really do act like their mother."
"Do be quiet. I'm not in the mood for your harassment."
"I am not harassing you. You are just begging to be teased. Besides, it is hard for me to sleep with you burning a hole in the carpet."
"I guess it's time I went to bed. Hiei's the insomniac, not me."
Kurama continued to worry, despite his best efforts, and thought of Yusuke. 'I swear that boy is an enigma, like a puzzle that no one can solve.' Kurama went into a fitful sleep, unsure of what the next day would bring.
Mazuiko: Well, this is Chapter 4! I tried to make it longer and more interesting than the other chapters. I hope you all enjoy it! Time to type out Chapter 5. Until then, ja ne!