Disclaimer: I don't own any characters of Final Fantasy VII or Inuyasha. All characters, weapons, ect. are copyrighted their maker (Squaresoft, Rumiko Takashi, and anybody else). Only the storyline crossover and Seitra belong to me. Blah blah blah…
YES! The second chapter! Don't worry; I won't have many OCs in the story because I think they kind of disrupt the story. Everyone wants to read about the characters, not new made-up ones. I'll only put one or two in there if I can't remember any of the minor non-playable characters' names.
Chapter 2 - Discovering
Kagome looked around nervously, gripping her bow tightly. She shrieked and swatted at the air with it as a weird flying creature attacked her. Inuyasha leapt forward and sliced it in half. Kagome sighed and clutched her heart.
"Thanks Inuyasha." Inuyasha put the Tessaiga back into its sheath.
"What ARE these things!" Kagome yelled, kicking another cactus-like plant thing. "I've never seen demons like these before!"
"I don't sense any demonic auras either," said Miroku, thumping a flyign creature on the head. "And my sacred sutras don't work on them." Sango swung her boomerang.
"Well, whatever they are, they're pretty persistent."
"Do you think," Inuyasha grunted as he sliced another creature, "that these things are related to Naraku?"
"Maybe," Miroku answered. "Perhaps he's created new types of demons?"
"There are too many of them!" Kagome cried, stabbing creatures with an arrow.
"We can't keep this up forever!" Sango panted as she beat some more demons.
"Grrrr…I've had enough of this! Wind Scar!" The wind scar disintegrated everything around them. Kagome wiped some sweat off her forehead.
"Phew, that's better." She glanced around. Nothing was coming at them now. "Those things are even uglier than normal demons!" Shippo lay flat on his back.
"And we're not any closer to that thing that's producing so much smoke. At this rate, we'll never make it!" Inuyasha sheathed his sword.
"For once, the brat's right. If the monsters keep attacking us, we'll never make it. Even if we ride on Kirara, there are still tons of flying demons." He crossed his arms and scowled. Kagome blinked.
"Well, how are we going to get there?" Miroku looked around. The surrounding area was still deserted.
"The wind scar has appeared to have scared them off. maybe Inuyasha can use the wind scar whenever too many of these new demons start bothering us. That might make the others think twice." Sango looked up.
"Hey, that's a pretty good idea!" Miroku smiled.
"Why, thank you my dear Sango." His hand inched towards Sango's butt. "I do come up with good ideas every so oft-"
"PERVERT!" A loud slap was heard around the grassy plains. Miroku lay on the ground, twitching, with a large hand mark on this cheek.
"Grrr…" Sango growled and shouldered her weapon. "I think we can move on now." Her scowl faded as she looked at the cloud of black smoke in the distance. "Though…we shouldn't go near it. There are too many demons fro us to handle, even with the wind scar. We should head the opposite direction and see if any other buildings have appeared."
"Yeah," said Kagome, shuddering. "Wouldn't want to run into more of those things." The group turned around and started to leave.
"H-hey! I haven't agreed to this ya know! I'M the one who has to waste energy using the wind scar, not you guys!" Inuyasha yelled after them. Kagome continued pushing her bike along.
"Oh, stop whining! It's the only way we can get anywhere." Inuyasha growled.
"Fine! But you all owe me big time for this!"
"Yeah yeah, whatever." Growling one more time, Inuyasha ran and caught up with the rest. But white smoke suddenly surrounded them and obscured their vision. The smoke cleared.
"What the-?" Standing in front of them were three creatures. One was an ugly ostrich-like bird. The other two were people. Well, it was hard to tell if they were people because they wore masks, bandannas, gloves, boots, and were fully-clothed. However, they were shaped like people and used hands and feet. Inuyasha pulled out the Tessaiga. "Whaddya what?" he snarled.
"Inuyasha!" Kagome said reproachfully. One of the people snickered. The ostrich suddenly leapt forward and started pecking Shippo forcefully.
"AHHH!" Shippo yelled and hid behind Inuyasha.
"Grrr…" Inuyasha swung his sword and cut it in two.
"Wh-what are you doing?" Everyone turned towards Kagome. She was staring wide-eyed as one of the men darted back to his companion. She felt around her clothes. "Oh no…the jewel shards…they're gone!"
"WHAT!" Inuyasha yelped. He turned furiously towards the men. "Why you little-!" The men cackled and suddenly disappeared in a puff of white smoke.
"They're gone!" Miroku gasped.
"Where are they? Where are they!" Inuyasha shouted, swinging the sword around where the thieves had stood momentarily before.
"They just…disappeared," Sango said in awe. Shippo sniffed around.
"There isn't even a trace of them. I don't smell anything."
"They stole the sacred jewel shards," Kagome murmured. "And we had five of them this time. I can't believe they're gone!"
"Yeah," said Shippo. "And we worked so hard for them too." Inuyasha was sniffing around furiously.
"Damn! I can't pick up their scent anywhere! They really did vanish into thin air." Kagome looked around.
"Well, let's go on ahead and ask people if they've seen them. I don't sense any jewel shards around here, so we might as well keep on going."
"Yeah, let's go!" cried Shippo, and the group continued their journey down the long, dusty, country road.
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Cloud, Tifa, Cait Sith, and Red XIII found Vincent, Barret, Yuffie, and Cid confronting a huge, long snake-like monster. It bore a resemblance to the Midgar Zolom, but it had different characteristics…and talked. It hissed gleefully.
"Perfect, many mealssss for me today!" It lunged. Barret raised his machine-gun arm to aim and fire, but something knocked his off his back. A long worm-like creature had attacked him. Tifa ran up and started kicking and punching it, but it merely hovered out of her reach. How it could hover, none o them knew, but it didn't have wings for sure. A loud bang caused everyone to turn. Vincent had shot the snake straight in the heart, but it still moved. Two more bangs followed the first one. The snake reared for a moment, then toppled over. Yuffie dodged as the flying worm attacked her. She threw her shruiken and Barret fired off many shots. The worm was cut in half and blasted into pieces. Cloud blinked.
"Well…that certainly was easy." He hadn't even bothered to draw his sword. Red XIII trotted over and poked at the worm's remains.
"They don't look like normal monsters. And there's some sort of aura around them." Yuffie kicked the dead snake. Some blood splattered onto her arm.
"GROSSNESS!" she shrieked, wiping the blood on the grass.
"These monsters are so different," Tifa said, frowning.
"…as if…" Everyone looked at Vincent.
"As if what?" Cloud asked.
"…as if they…come from another world." Tifa gasped.
"Anot'er world!" Cid exclaimed. Red XIII looked shocked.
"But…how is that possible?" Vincent continued to stare at the dead monsters as he spoke.
"I have heard rumors of a certain materia. It seems that…this materia has the power to transfer someone to…another world." Tifa looked stunned.
"Wow…there's another world? I didn't know." Cid slammed his fist into his other hand.
"Ya would if the damned Shinra had continued the Space Program! I'd be up there send'n messages to ya'll by now." Barret snorted confusedly.
"Wha? A world-travel's materia? But…how can it combine two worlds together?" Every looked at Vincent for more information. He seemed deep it thought.
"…if…the materia shatters…" he murmured.
"That would probably explain the quakes we felt earlier," Cloud said.
"Heeeeey! Look what I found!" Everyone looked up. Cait Sith was on top of the corpse of the gigantic snake. He was holding something glowing. He hopped down excitedly. "Look!" he cried gleefully. "It's so pretty!" He held it out for all to see. It was a pink, glowing shard. For some reason, it seemed to pulse with power. They all stared at it. Yuffie broke the silence.
"Oh. My. GAWD. Is that…a piece of MATERIA!" Cloud blinked, then held out his palm. Cait Sith dropped the shard into it. He examined it closely.
"Where did you find it Cait?" He looked up.
"Oh, in the belly of the snakey-monster thing!" Cloud stared.
"In the…belly? You went looking IN it's BELLY?" Cait blinked, looking confused for a moment. Then his expression cleared.
"Oh, no! I was hopping around, and something glinted in the sunlight. I went over to look, and I saw that thing wedged in it."
"Huh? Why would that stinkin' piece of #$ have a piece of materia in it?" Cid asked.
"…I don't think this is a piece of materia," Cloud said slowly. "It looked more like a crystal…"
"Or a fragment of a jewel," Red XIII said. Cloud looked at him.
"Yeah. What Red said may be right." Barret walked over to the pile of worm pieces.
"Well, maybe this monster 'as one too." Cloud looked around.
"Yuffie?" She ran behind Tifa.
"Ew, there is NO WAY I'm going near that thing. GROSSNESS!" Everyone stared at the chunks of worm. Nobody seemed to want to go near it. Then Red suddenly spoke.
"Hey, I saw something glint over here!" He walked over to a patch of gras a little apart from the carcasses. "Yup, there's one here!" Yuffie squealed and bounded over to the patch of grass. She picked up another small, pink, glowing shard and brought it over. Cloud took it from her and compared the two shards together. After a minute, he spoke.
"Well…they seem the same." Cid frowned slightly.
"I think those things make 'em monsters a hellava lot stronger."
"Yes," said Red. "They pulse with some kind of power." Cloud shrugged and pocketed the shards.
"Let's go back to the Highwind. Then we can find one of those new towns and ask the people about the shards."
"Right then, spikey ass. Whacha ya'll wait'n for?" Barret went into the airship that was parked to their right. Tifa shook her head slightly, smiling, and squeezed Cloud's hand.
"Come on, let's go before Barret gets mad." Every filed into the Highwind.
"Right," Cid said to the Full-Fledged Pilot. "Head northeast and just keep flying. I'll tell ya when to stop." The pilot nodded and started the airship. Yuffie immediately turned green and ran out of the room.
"Cloud?" Cloud looked up. Tifa was standing in front of him.
"Oh, hey Tifa." She smiled and sat down next to him.
"Can I look at the shards?" Cloud rummaged in his pockets and found them.
"Here." He handed her the shards. She held them up in the sunlight and looked at them closely. Cloud gazed at her intently. He missed Aeris badly and longed for her to be here. He had given his heart to the last of the Cetra. "Poor Tifa," he thought sadly. She had followed him since they were little. Although he never became big and famous, she had still remained loyal to him. Then Aeris came along, and it became apparent that he loved her, but…Tifa never gave up on him. No matter how broken her heart was, she still loved him and never, ever gave up. But he had given his heart to Aeris. He would never love anyone else. Tifa knew that. Yet here she was, talking to him, smiling at him, caring for him. Cloud sighed. He would never be able to love her. Never. "But I'll do my best," Cloud thought. He would not love her, but he would be kind to her and care for her…like a brother.
"Cloud?" Tifa's voice broke into his thoughts.
"Huh?" He looked up to see Tifa gazing at him curiously.
"You ok?" she asked.
"Yeah," he said. This seemed to satisfy her. She held up the shards.
"They look like crystals. I was feeling them, and there are rough parts so they probably are fragments of a jewel, like Red said. If a single shard can give so much power to a monster, think of how powerful the whole jewel could be!" She sighed and handed the fragments back to Cloud. "Must be a pretty jewel." Cloud nodded and pocketed the shards again. Red suddenly gave a loud bark.
"Look! A castle!" Everyone looked outside.
"THAT'S a castle?" Barret asked incredulously. "Looks like a ton 'o Wutai houses." Yuffie jumped up and down excitedly.
"Oooh! I've read about these! These were the sort of castles built by the Wutai lords in the Feudal Era!"
"Whoa," said Cid, his eyebrows raised. "That's a hellava lot 'o houses." Cait Sith also hopped in excitement.
"Let's go down and see!" Everyone looked at Cloud.
"Well…this is definitely not part of our world, or else we would've seen it…so I suppose we should go down and check."
"Alright!" Yuffie cheered. Tifa smiled happily.
"Wow, we're going to see an ancient castle!"
"Shall we go down sir?" Cloud turned to the Full-Fledged Pilot and nodded. The airship started descending, with everyone aboard peering down hard at the large castle.
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"Hey, look over there!" Kagome said, pointing ahead of them.
"A village!" Shippo squealed happily.
"Finally!" Inuyasha yelled, and started running.
"Hey, wait up!" Kagome called after him, getting onto her bike. She started pedaling furiously. Miroku and Sango climbed onto Kirara and rode after the red blur. When they caught up with Inuyasha, they saw him standing there, looking shocked. All heads turned.
"…wow," Sango said a few seconds later.
"What a village!" Miroku commented, looking amazed.
"It looks sorta like Kagome's time," Inuyasha said.
"Uh…you guys? I don't think this is a village…it looks too modern." Kagome frowned. "Look, they have plumbing and everything." Miroku smiled.
"Ahh…I see there are still lots of pretty ladies." Sango scowled and held up a fist.
"Uh… I think we should look around," Miroku interjected hastily, stepping out of Sango's reach. "We can ask around about the huge building." Inuyasha was sniffing the air hard.
"There are so many new scents here," he remarked.
"Yeah," Kagome said. "Look, you guys check around, okay? I'm going to ask people about that huge building we saw earlier." Sango nodded.
"Right," she said. "Come on Kirara." Kirara shrank to her small form and leapt into Sango's arms. They all separated and headed in different directions.
Sango walked into a shop. She saw a lnog, glass table with objects inside. A woman stood behind the table. Above her was a large sign that read: Item Shop. Behind the woman were shelves full of objects. Sango couldn't recognize a single one. She approached the woman.
"Excuse me, but could you tell me what you sell here?" The woman smiled.
"Of course! Here, we sell potions, hi-potions, ethers, exilirs, phoenix downs, softs, antidotes, hypers, tranquilizers, and eye-drops. So, is there anything yo would like to buy?" Sango blinked. She'd never heard of whatever the woman was selling.
"Uh…" The demon-slayer stared blankly at the woman. "Could you…tell me which is which?" The woman looked surprised for a moment, then smiled again.
"Sure!" She pointed at a bottle of green liquid. "This is a potion." At Sango's confused expression, the woman added, "It gives you more energy and heals some of your wounds. This," said the woman, pointing at the bottle full of purple liquid next to it, "is a hi-potion. It's exactly like a potion, except it's stronger." Sango nodded. Next, the woman pointed at a bottle of blue liquid. "This is an ether. It restores some of your magical energy so that you can use more magic. This one is an elixir." She pointed at a bottle of silver liquid. "It restores both your magical energy and your life energy (MP and HP)." The woman moved to a bottle of red, sparkly powder. "This is phoenix down. If you throw it on someone or something when all their life energy (HP) is gone, they'll be revived." The woman gestured towards small bottles of fine, white powder. "Those are softs. You throw them on someone when they're petrified." She tapped a bottle of dark purple liquid. "If you ever get poisoned, you drink this antidote." Then the item-store keeper pointed at a pink tablet. "Whenever you get 'sad', take this. It's a hyper. If you get the opposite, 'fury', take a tranquilizer," and she pointed at a blue tablet next to the pink one. "Last of all, if you get 'darkness', use some eye-drops." She held up a small eye-drop squeezer filled with a transparent liquid.
Sango put a hand to her temple. Her head was throbbing from confusion. She had no idea what the woman meant by "fury", "sadness", "eye-drops", "magical energy", or magic. It was all terribly confusing, and Sango turned to the store keeper.
"Thank you for your description of everything, but I don't think I'll buy anything right now." She bowed slightly and left the shop. Sango looked around. "Now, where's Miroku…?"
Miroku entered a house that looked a bit bigger than the others. The first thing he saw was a large sign that said: Nibelheim Hotel. There was a woman behind a desk. She looked at Miroku.
"Are you new here?" she inquired. She wasn't exactly pretty, so Miroku didn't try any lecherous moves.
"Yes," Miroku replied, walking up to the desk. The woman smiled.
"Welcome to Nibelheim!" Miroku returned the smile.
"Aaah, so the name of this quaint little village is Nibelheim?"
"Oh, Nibelheim isn't a village." A young woman had come down the stairs into the front room. She had brown curls that hung down a little past her shoulders. She was a little taller than Miroku, and her eyes were a bright sky-blue. She smiled at Miroku. "Nibelheim's a town." The girl held out her hand. "I'm Seitra." Miroku's eyes were wide. A beautiful young lady was standing in front of him and talking to him as though they were old friends. Though Miroku had no idea why she was sticking out her hand. He bowed deeply.
"Hello Seitra! I am Miroku." His eyes lingered on her top and slid down her slender figure. She looked confused for a moment. Then her expression cleared and she bowed back to him.
"So…you're from Wutai?" Seitra asked, straightening. Miroku blinked.
"Um…yes," he replied, deciding to go along with whatever Seitra was saying.
"What brings you to Nibelheim?" Seitra asked curiously. "Wutai is far away from here."
"Oh…I'm just a traveler." Miroku had inched towards the young woman and was now standing right next to her. His hand creeped out behind her…
"Cool! Well, if you need a place to stay, you can have a room here for-" Seitra's eyes widened. Someone was feeling her up! She spun around and slapped Miroku in the face with full force. "PERVERT!" she screamed and stormed from the room.
"Eh…" Miroku grinned sheepishly and rubbed his red cheek. The other woman peered down at Miroku (who was on the floor) and said,
"Um…well, sir, if you need a place to stay, it's 20 gil a night." She came out from behind the desk and disappeared up the stairs. Miroku got up.
"Hey, wait!" But she was gone. "Ugh…I'll look for Sango." He headed out the door, still rubbing his burning cheek.
Cloud stepped out cautiously. The huge ancient Wutai castle had an eerie feeling about it. A thick, purple mist hung over the castle like a weightless veil. It was deathly silent. Red's fur was standing on end, and even Yuffie looked worried and serious. Cait Sith was standing still, Barret looked suspicious, Cid wasn't swearing for once, and Tifa looked scared. Vincent stood aside, not speaking or moving. No sign of life was spotted in the surrounding area.
"Cloud?" Tifa's voice sounded small and a little frightened. She walked over and stoof beside him. The wind whistled. She jumped. Cloud put his arm around Tifa's shoulders and held her close. She calmed down a little, though she was still breathing heavily.
"There's nothing to be afraid of Tifa," Cloud murmured. Tifa nodded and relaxed slightly. Vincent spoke.
"Something's coming." Cloud tensed and the others looked around warily. Suddenly, a powerful gust of wind swept through the area and nearly knocked AVALANCHE off their feet. A woman had appeared in front of the friends. She had silky black hair that was tied in a fancy knot on the back of her head. She was wearing a colorful kimono that fit her slender form. Her eyes were crimson-red, like Vincent's, and she had a fan open in front her face so that it covered half of it. The woman wasn't very tall; she was about Tifa's height. A smile curled her lips as he studied the people in front of her. She snapped her fan shut and stepped forward.
"What have we here? Hmmm…five mortals and two demons." Her eyes lingered on Cait Sith, who was atop his giant stuffed moogle. "I don't know what you are, but I suppose you're a demon too, so make that three." Cloud let go of Tifa, drew his sword, and stepped forward.
"Who are you and what do you want? What is this place?" The woman regarded him amusedly for a moment, then opened her fan and spread her arms wide.
"I am the wind sorceress Kagura. I am here to take you to my master, Naraku. He requests to see you." Tifa frowned.
"Wind sorceress Kagura?"
"Your master wants at see us?" Barret asked suspiciously. "Ya'll aren't work's for the Shinra, are ya?" Cloud narrowed his eyes.
"What business does this 'Naraku' have with us? Why does he want to see us?" Kagura waved her fan in a gesture towards the main part of the castle.
"Yes, my master wants to see you all. Naraku knows why you're here. You have something we want. he is prepared to make a proposal for the sacred jewel shards. As for the Shinra, I have no idea what you're talking about." Cloud frowned.
"Sacred jewel shards? you mean…these?" He put a hand in his pocket and brought out the pink, glowing shards. Kagura nodded.
"Yes, those." Cloud's frown deepened.
"But…what are these sacred jewel shards?" Kagura's expression twitched slightly.
"You came here wanting to know about them. If you come with me, my master will explain." Cloud hesitated, then sheathed his huge sword. He turned to look at the others.
"Well guys?" They all nodded. Cloud turned back to Kagura.
"Alright," he said.
"Good," Kagura replied. She walked towards a part of the castle. "Follow me."
Wow. o.0 This one's even LONGER than the last one. 10 pages. 0.0 Yes. So, Kagura's here to bring Cloud and the others to Naraku. What will he ask them? Undoubtedly something evil. But will they agree? Please review (wink wink). Thanks!