Disclaimer: I don't own Xiaolin Showdown. Never did, never will. Would love, very, very much, to own Raimundo. Still don't. :sigh:
Title: Fanning the Flames
Summary: The Bracelet of Aikou (love) has just revealed itself. Unfortunately, during battle, Kimiko accidentally activates it, turning Raimundo into a love struck fool. This wasn't quite what Master Fung had in mind when he said fan the flames...
Dedication: To Chibi! For her birthday! I know it took me FOREVER and two years to post this but I finally did! Aren't you proud of me!
Author's Notes: The title and some inspiration (plus a line in the second chapter) came from the Danny Phantom episode Fanning the Flames (my absolute favorite episode, or one of them). I don't own Danny Phantom either but, once I again, I would love, very, very much, to own Danny. But I don't. :sigh:
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Kimiko walked out to meet her fellow dragons at the training site. They had been training but Omi had accidentally hit her with his Tsunami Strike and she'd been forced to go change. Now she was dry and ready for the next lesson. She returned to Raimundo and Clay sparring so she joined Omi on the sidelines. The little monk smiled at her then continued to scrutinize his friends' performance. Kimiko took this time to let her thoughts wonder.
It was the second day after her's and Raimundo's almost disastrous 'date' and things seemed to have smoothed over. Fortunately Raimundo wasn't the type of guy who liked to make-out twenty-four seven. He seemed perfectly content with the knowledge that she would kiss him instead of actually making her kiss him. True, he greeted her this morning with a quick peck on the lips and, yes, that was also how he'd said good night to her the night of their date but he wasn't demanding that she kiss him whenever they had a free moment.
That was nice. She really didn't like those types of guys anyways and she really, really, wanted to like Raimundo. It had taken her a while to admit her feelings for the Brazilian boy a loud but she had always felt them. The only hard part was figuring out how Raimundo felt about her without the Bracelet of Aikou affecting him. The thought that he might not see her as anything more then a sister was frightening, especially since she'd realized how deeply she cared about him.
Kami! I sound like I'm in love with him!
Her eyes widened at the thought. Was it even a possibility? Could she honestly say she loved Raimundo Pedrosa? The idea of her being in love at her age seemed a little silly. What kind of person fell in love at 17? She bit her lip. So what if she enjoyed every second they spent together? So what if, when they'd kissed, she'd felt like nothing else mattered but them? So what if she could easily see her and Raimundo spending the rest of their lives together, raising children and a dog? That didn't mean she was in love with him.
Kami! I am in love with him!
Kimiko groaned and placed her head in her hands. What a fine mess this was turning out to be. She tried to look at things logically. Fact: Boy and girl know each other and are close. Fact: Neither boy nor girl have feelings for each other, at least not consciously. Fact: Girl uses Shen-Gong-Wu, accidentally, and forces boy to suddenly have more-then-platonic feelings for her. Fact: Girl slowly realizes she actually does have more-then-platonic feelings for boy. Fact: Girl still doesn't know if boy ever liked her to begin with. Fact: Girl was hopelessly confused.
Another cold blast of water brought her out of her thoughts. Her head snapped up to see Omi looking apologetically at her. "I am most sorry my friend. I tried to warn you but you did not here me."
Beside him Raimundo shot her a smile that showed how sorry he was. Next to her Clay, who had taken Omi's place after training with Raimundo, took off his hat and squeezed the water from it. He looked down at Kimiko. "You okay?"
Kimiko nodded. "I'm fine. I'm just going to go change again." She stood up and twisted the bottom of her tunic, getting as much water from it as she could. "I'll be right back."
She walked back towards the temple and had just entered when a voice behind her stopped her.
"Are alright young monk?"
Kimiko turned to face Master Fung and nodded. "Yeah. I'm okay."
"It is not like you to be so easily distracted." Master Fung told her, walking closer and sitting down.
She followed his suit and sighed. "I know. I've just got a lot on my mind I guess."
"Ah," He nodded in understanding. "This wouldn't have anything to do with the Bracelet of Aikou would it?"
She blushed. "Maybe a little."
Master Fung nodded his head. "What troubles you? Are you worried about when the spell will end? Or perhaps what will happen when it's over?"
Kimiko sighed and nodded. "A little bit of both Master Fung. Is Raimundo going to remember everything that's happened while he's under the spell?"
Master Fung shrugged. "That I do not know. This is only the second time this particular Wu has ever been used. Perhaps you could ask Wuya. She may tell you."
Kimiko made a face at the thought of asking the Heylin witch about what she'd done while under the influence of the Wu. It couldn't be a very happy subject for Wuya and bringing it up probably wasn't the smartest idea in the world. Especially if she already didn't like you. "Maybe I'll just wait until the Wu wears off and see for myself."
Master Fung nodded. "A wise choice."
They sat in silence, Kimiko shivering a little because of her wet clothes. She had a question to ask but she really wasn't sure if she wanted to ask Master Fung. Or anyone at the temple. It was times like these that made her wish she had another female dragon at the temple. Keiko couldn't help because she wasn't there. Sure she got updates all the time but that's not the same as being there in person. Finally she turned to Master Fung and sighed. "Do you think everything will go back to normal after this is over?"
Master Fung remained quiet for a few seconds, contemplating his answer. "I believe that everything will return to normal...unless you choose not to let it."
Kimiko nodded, sort of understanding what he was saying. "What would you do?" She asked, desperate for a way to fix the mess that was undoubtedly coming.
Again Master Fung was silent for a few seconds before speaking. "I suppose I would do what my heart was telling me to do. And I believe you should do the same." With that he got up and walked back to the other dragons.
Kimiko watched him leave before standing up and walking to her room. Sighing she pulled out another tunic and began to change. As she was pulling her arm through the sleeve she noticed a piece of paper fall to the ground. Slipping on the rest of her tunic she bent down to pick it up. Flipping it over she found herself staring at the picture of her and Raimundo he'd had Clay take almost a week ago. Wondering briefly how it had gotten in her wardrobe in the first place she flipped it over again to look at the back, surprised to notice Raimundo's handwriting.
Kimi (see that nickname's not so bad),
Just thought you'd like this picture of us that Clay took. I sent it to my parents and they can't wait to meet you in person (I hope you don't mind I borrowed your laptop).
I love you
Kimiko sighed and looked back at the picture once more. She traced Raimundo's outline with her finger until it blended in with hers. She stood there and studied the picture, admiring how nicely they fit together and how wonderful they looked, his arms wrapped protectively around her waist. It suddenly hit her just how much she didn't want to find out what it would be like when he didn't want to wrap his arms around her like that anymore. She didn't want to have to find out at all. And if there was any chance she could possibly avoid that (short of using the bracelet again) she was going to take it.
She nodded to herself. When the Bracelet of Aikou wore off she knew exactly what she was going to do.
Dojo slithered up to the four dragons the next day as they were taking a well-deserved rest.
"A Wu? Now? But we just started are break!" Kimiko sighed.
"I know," Dojo began to scratch his tail furiously. "But they don't wait till it's convenient for you. And, according to this rash on my tail, this Wu is ready to go."
"Which Shen-Gong-Wu is it?" Omi asked, eager as always to get more Shen-Gong-Wu and grow stronger.
"The Cup of Le Ching." Dojo slid open the ancient scroll. "When you activate it, it fills with a mythical silver liquid that acts as a mirror, allowing you to view anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Even the spirits of the dead."
"Whoa..." Clay whispered as they watched the man in the circle hold up a cup and wait for it to fill before looking into its surface.
"That's a pretty powerful Wu..." Raimundo commented, for once not acting cocky or giving some sarcastic remark.
"Well none of the Wu are useless." Dojo told him before tapping his chin. "Although the Bracelet of Aikou does come pretty close."
"No kidding," Kimiko agreed, not mentioning the fact that, if it weren't for the Bracelet, she wouldn't have realized her feelings for Raimundo so soon. "I can't imagine this being much of a help in a fight. Especially since it wears off and your enemies could just come after you again."
"What are we waitin' for partners?" Clays punched one fist into his open palm. "Let's saddle up this doggie and get us a Shen-Gong-Wu!"
Dojo grew to his enormous size and waited patiently for the monks to climb on. Omi hopped on first, clutching the ancient scroll in one hand. Kimiko jumped on after him and Raimundo got on just behind her. She didn't protest as he wrapped his arms around her middle and pulled her against his chest. Clay, in true cowboy spirit, placed a saddle over Dojo before climbing on.
"Be careful young monks." Master Fung warned as Dojo lifted into the air. "It would not be wise to lose this Shen-Gong-Wu."
"Should we fan the flames?" Kimiko called out playfully as Dojo continued skyward.
Master Fung smiled up at them. "If you wish."
Kimiko smirked to herself before turning her head to face Raimundo. She smiled brightly at him and enjoyed the pleasant warmth spreading through her body as he smiled back. "Did you hear that Rai? We have to fan the flames."
He cocked his head to the side, looking adorably confused. "Can we do that if only one of us is in a showdown?"
Kimiko shrugged. "I don't know." She grinned. "But I'm sure we'll find out."
"You're too late Xiaolin Losers!" Jack called triumphantly as he held the Cup of Le Ching in his hands. "I've got the Cup of Le Ching and there's nothing you can do about it."
"We shall see about that!" Omi cried, placing his hands together in front of him. A small, steady, stream of water snaked its way around Omi before shooting up at Jack.
"Yeah right. Like I'm really supposed to be scared of a little thing of water. As if." Jack dismissed the 'threat' with a wave of his hands, turning around just in time to see a large mass of earth coming flying towards him, courtesy of Clay. "Mommy." He squeaked before the mass of dirt and rock hit him and the cup went flying from his hands.
It landed on the ground a few feet from everyone and Kimiko and Raimundo both raced towards it. Jack, after brushing the dirt from his hair and face, flew off after them, desperate to get the cup back. His hand came down on it the same time Kimiko's did and she smirked.
"Jack Spicer, I challenge you to a Xiaolin Showdown!" She told him over the glowing cup. "The game is Thin Ice. The first to fall through the ice loses. I wager my Eye of Dashi against your Third Arm Sash."
Jack looked down at the dry, grass-covered ground around them and shrugged. "Sure. But let's make it interesting. How about you wager The Bracelet of Aikou?"
Kimiko raised an eyebrow. "Can I do that?" She turned to Dojo.
"Let's see..." Dojo flipped through the pages of an old book. "Aha! Here it is. Wagering an active Shen-Gong-Wu. Since most Shen-Gong-Wu's powers are only temporary, lasting for only a few seconds, or at least well within the users power to control wagering an active Shen-Gong-Wu is fine. In cases where the wagered Shen-Gong-Wu has long lasting effects, or is not well within the users power to control it can still be wagered. In the event that the opponent wins the Shen-Gong-Wu's effects would simple transfer over to that person." He was meet with five blank stares.
"Huh?" Clay asked for the group.
Dojo sighed, slamming the book and removing his glasses. "She can wager it. But if Jack wins," Dojo slithered up to Raimundo's shoulders and slapped his claws over Raimundo's ears. "Raimundo over here will be in love with Jack for the remainder of the Wu's duration."
Everyone, minus Raimundo who hadn't heard what he'd said, all cringed at the thought. Kimiko turned back to Jack. "Still want me to wager the Bracelet?"
Jack thought it over. "Total control over one of the Xiaolin dragons...even if I do have to put up with him being love sick for a little while, it'll be worth it. Imagine all the damage I can do!"
Kimiko shrugged. "Okay then. I accept your terms, Jack Spicer."
"And I accept your wager."
"Let's go!" They shouted together. "XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN!"
Immediately the ground they were standing on turned to ice. Walls of ice sprang up around them, encasing them in an oval shaped arena. The Cup of Le Ching floated up into the air before crashing back down through the ice. The hole in the ice was covered up immediately by a thin sheet of ice, cracked and ready to break at a moments notice.
"GONG YI TAMPAI!"
Kimiko jumped back as Jack called for the Third Arm Sash and had it create a hole in the ice where she had just been standing. Landing, she slid a few feet back, using one hand to keep her balance. "Nice try Spicer. But you have to actually be able to catch me before that Wu does you any good."
Jack scowled at the Japanese girl. "Oh yeah! At least my Wu can do something! What's yours going to do? Force Raimundo to spout love songs to you?" He laughed.
Kimiko scowled at the arrogant boy in front of her. "Be there, done that, not so eager to have it happen again!" She leapt from her spot and soared towards him, her foot out stretched and ready to kick him in the face.
"THIRD ARM SASH!" Jack cried and the sash lashed out towards Kimiko, grabbing her outstretched leg and using it to hurdle her into one of the walls. She slid to the floor and wobbled for a moment before standing up right once again.
Her eyes narrowed and she lifted up her left arm, examining the bracelet. "Well," She muttered to herself. "It can't do any harm... BRACELET OF AIKOU!"
Please don't let Jack fall in love with me. Please, please, please!
The bracelet began to grow a bright white and Kimiko began to think it was going to force Jack to love her but he didn't seem fazed by it at all. Instead Raimundo let out a yelp from the other side of the ice wall and, a few seconds later, came shooting over the top and landing at Kimiko's feet. He smiled up at her. "Hi."
"No fair!" Jack shouted at them. "That's two against one!"
Kimiko shrugged and helped Raimundo to his feet. "You're the one that had me wager the Bracelet of Aikou."
"Yeah, but if I'd have known it was going to do that," He pointed at Raimundo. "I wouldn't have made you wager it!"
"Well it's to late now Jack. I suggest we end this. Care to help me Rai?"
Raimundo grinned. "Sure."
"Okay! It's time to fan the flames! But remember," She cautioned as she called up a small sword of fire. "We can't touch the water once the ice has melted."
Raimundo nodded. "Got it. Ready?"
Kimiko held the sword out in front of her; it's fiery tip pointing at Jack. "You bet!"
Raimundo willed a breeze to come and the sword grew larger then both himself and Kimiko. Kimiko, still gripping its flaming handle, apparently unaffected by its heat, smiled as she saw Jack eye the sword nervously. "All right Rai, let's finish this!"
Raimundo nodded and wrapped his arms around Kimiko's waist, pulling her against him. Then he used another large gust of wind to hold them up off the ground. "This should keep us up for a little while."
Kimiko turned and nodded at him. "Right!" Then she turned back to face the sword and Jack and grinned. "It's over Spicer. HIYA!" She drove the flame sword into the ice and watched in triumph as the entire area floor melted under the extreme heat.
Jack looked up frantically before plunging into the icy depths that lay beneath the ice. There was a white flash and everything returned to normal, the cup floating down into Kimiko's hands and the Third Arm Sash dropping into Raimundo's. Clay and Omi's cheers greeted them as they raced to their friends. Kimiko turned to Jack and grinned triumphantly. "Take that Jack Spicer!"
Jack scowled and stood up, brushing the dirt off of this jacket. "Ah, he only helped you 'cuz you're cute."
"WHAT!" Raimundo shouted, dropping the Third Arm Sash and marching up to Jack. "It's about way more then her being cute! It's because she's smart and nice and funny! Not to mention she's my friend and that I love her! That's pretty twisted, thinking I would just like her for her looks. You're a...a..." Raimundo trailed off before beginning to scream at Jack again in very rapid Spanish.
Jack shrank back in fear as Raimundo towered over him and Clay, Omi, and Kimiko watched. Kimiko rolled her eyes, Jack looked so pathetic, cowering in fear, eyes wide and watery that she had to at least try and help him. Besides, Raimundo's rant was just a little embarrassing. "It's all right Jack. He doesn't really mean what he's saying."
"Like hell I don't!"
Kimiko lifted her left hand to smack her forehead and was surprised to find that, instead of her palm, something cold and metal hit her forehead and bounced off it, rolling across the ground before settling at Omi's feet. Everyone turned to stare at the object as it glittered in the sun.
The Bracelet of Aikou.
"Uh..." Raimundo flushed a bright red. "I, uh..."
Jack burst into laughter. "This is so great! You're telling me that whole little outburst had nothing to do with the Bracelet of Aikou."
Dojo shook his head. "Nope. That was 100 the real Raimundo."
Jack continued to laugh as he activated his flying pack and rose up to meet Wuya. "What are you laughing at insolent boy? You've lost yet another Shen-Gong-Wu!"
"Yeah, I know." He wiped tears of laughter from his eye. "But that was so worth it!" He continued laughing as he flew off into the distance. Wuya sighed and followed him.
Kimiko turned to face her fellow dragon. Out of respect Clay and Omi both backed up, standing in front of a huge-sized Dojo to watch the turn of events. Kimiko walked over to Raimundo his speech still ringing in her ears.
Not to mention she's my friend and that I love her!
That I love her!
I love her!
Maybe telling Raimundo how she felt wouldn't be so hard after all. Of course the minute she opened her mouth to speak the words died on her tongue. What if he had just meant a platonic sort of love, like the kind she felt for Omi and Clay. Or what if was just a side effect of the Bracelet? Maybe it hadn't completely worn off yet. Still, she needed to do this. Things just couldn't go back to the way they had been before. Bracing herself she opened her mouth to speak.
"Rai I..." And found the words and fled from her once again. "Rai I...what I'm trying to say, I mean...That is...I wanted to tell you that I..." She looked at the ground nervously, her hands wringing the skirt of her tunic.
"You think I'm gorgeous," Raimundo's voice floated down to her. "You wanna date me, love me and marry me." She looked up to see him doing an imitation of the silly dance Sandra Bullock had done on the movie screen not even four days ago.
Why that little... She scowled and 'hmped', turning around and crossing her arms over her chest. Immediately he stopped humming the song.
"Sorry Kimiko. I didn't mean to make you mad, I just thought I'd make it a little easier on you, that's all."
Kimiko 'hmph'ed again and continued to ignore him.
"Aw, come on Kimi-bear!"
At the sound of the nickname she turned around and swung her fist at his face. He grinned and ducked underneath it, popping up again right in front of her, his face inches from hers. "Don't be mad." He whispered, placing his hands on her waist and pulling her close. "I'm sorry. Now what were you going to tell me?"
Kimiko tried to continue being mad at him but she found herself incapable of being so when he's face was incredibly close to hers. So close that she could see into his forest green eyes. She also found that she couldn't remember exactly what she was going to say. She knew the jist of it was somewhere along the lines of 'I love you' but the exact speech she had planned out was gone. "I don't remember." She confessed.
Raimundo shrugged nonchalantly but the grinned down at her. "Well maybe I should help you jog you're memory. It had something to do with me right?"
"And the Bracelet of Aikou?"
Again she nodded.
"And you still don't remember?"
Kimiko shook her head, hiding her playful smile as best as she could. Neither one of them needed to say it to know that it was true.
Raimundo caught her smile and returned it. "Well then here, maybe this will jog your memory." He lowered his lips to her in a passionate, fiery kiss.
Kimiko smiled against his lips and returned the kiss with equal fervor.
Oh yeah! No Bracelet of Aikou required...
Omi picked up the Bracelet of Aikou, which was still at his feet, and watched as Kimiko and Raimundo continued to kiss.
"Still jealous partner?"
Omi thought for a moment before shaking his head. "I do not believe so. You see, Kimiko is the only girl I have ever known. But there are plenty of girls in the world and I shall find one. I am most certain."
Clay clapped him on the back and grinned. "Right you are partner, right you are."
Kimiko concentrated on the small trail of fire that was blazing before her. It was almost a week after the Bracelet had fallen off and everything was settling back into sweet, sweet normalcy.
"Guess who?" A pair of hands covered her eyes as a Spanish accent prompted her to play guessing games.
Kimiko cocked her head to the side in mock confusion. "Um...Omi?"
"Ha ha, very funny." Raimundo replied sarcastically as Kimiko turned around to face him.
"Aw, I'm sorry Rai-Rai." She cooed in a baby tone, payback was sweet. "How can I make it up to you?"
"Well for starters," Raimundo wrapped his arms around her waist. "You can never call me Rai-Rai again."
Kimiko laughed and smiled up at the Brazilian boy. "Anything else?"
Raimundo pretended to think. "Yeah, you could let me kiss you." Kimiko nodded, laughing slightly. "I think I can live with that."
She stood on tiptoes and placed a kiss on his lips. "How was that?"
Raimundo pouted playfully. "That was cheap! I wanted a real kiss!"
Kimiko laughed again. "Well you should have said that in the first place my baby-bunky-bunker-boo."
Raimundo cringed. "Kimi!" He whined. She laughed and he frowned. "Payback bites like a rabid monkey. You know none of that stuff was my fault!"
Kimiko smiled. "Yeah I know...it's still fun to pick on you though."
Raimundo laughed with her before grinning. "Now... bout that kiss..." He leaned down and captured her lips with his.
As they continued to kiss a fierce gust of wind swept by them, setting the small trail of fire Kimiko had been controlling ablaze. Behind them Master Fung sighed.
"This is not what I meant when I said fanning the flames."
It's over! I'm so proud of myself! I actually wrote it! I apologize that I didn't get it up as early as I promised I would but my dog chewed the cord so I couldn't get online until my mom brought home the new cord at, like, 8:30 at night.
I also apologize if there are spelling or grammar mistakes. I'm uploading this while I'm talking to my friend on the phone, I'm so eager to get this up, so I can't reread it. I'm pretty sure it should be okay though. If it's really horrible I'll fix the mistakes and upload it again.
And...now you know why they went to go see Miss Congeniality instead of some newer movie.
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