Behind the Legend

After encountering two mysterious figures while retrieving books at the ancient library, Daisuke and Satoshi are thrown into the afterwards of an ancient legend. Can they help these two entities and free them from their curse before the darkness takes them all?

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Chapter 1

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'And the two mighty figures stood on the field, stained with the blood that once flowed from their veins. Surrounding the warriors were the many or few who wished to bid them farewell—facing the east, the direction of the rising sun stood a lone figure, with only one behind him, and facing the west, the direction of the setting sun stood an equally radiant figure-although he had behind him many of the townsfolk. With one last moment left before the two beings were banished from the mortal world-'

The brown haired woman was interrupted as a bell rang, and hundreds of students began to file into the hallway—including hers as well..

"Wait!" She called, and hastily pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose and scanned the page, reading the last few words. "There was a great shriek, and a black, ghostly figure appeared before the crowd, enveloping one of the two figures-and then, all was silent and they were no more! Class, this concludes our study of ancient myths and legends—don't forget to have your own written by the time we come back from holiday!"

She closed the book quickly and sighed. She sank down into her chair for a moment, placing her hand on her forehead as she pondered her predicament. She had only an hour to return this book before it was overdue—and her sister's bridal shower was starting in nearly that amount of time as well…Oh, if she didn't get the book back her perfect record would be ruined and—!

"Miss?" The small redheaded boy said, pausing to stop by his teacher's desk on the way out of the classroom. "Are you alright?"

She blinked and smiled. "I'm fine, I just have too many things to do to return this book tonight…"

Satoshi smirked as he walked to his friend, already seeing what Daisuke was going to do.

"I can take it! It's on my way home, anyway. Besides, Ms. Harada needed to pick up a book anyway-I'm sure it won't be a problem."

Daisuke was….so predictable.

"You would do that for me? Oh, thank you so much Daisuke!"

Daisuke took the book off of his teacher's desk and nodded. "It's not a problem!"

Standing up and rushing to the door, the teacher called, "Thank you! Have a good vacation!" and was gone in a matter of seconds, leaving the two eighth grade boys waiting for the Harada sisters.

Daisuke cast a hesitant glance towards them, as if silently asking if they were ready to go, and Riku hissed to her younger sister, "Risa! Hurry up—They're waiting on you!"

"I'm sorry!" Risa muttered, as she finally managed to shove whatever of her possessions that still lie on the desk into her bag. "I'm ready—happy?"

Riku nodded and walked towards the two boys, her sister following closely behind her. "Alright. So, we're stopping at the library?"

Satoshi nodded, and Daisuke held up the book for her to see, saying, "I hope you don't mind…"

"Oh! Not at all," she said, nodding, pleased that she finally had a chance to stop at the library and pick up a book for her project.

As the four teenagers clustered together, an awkward silence broke over them. After what seemed to be a long moment, Satoshi broke said silence when he asked, "Shall we leave now?"

"Yeah," Riku said, as she turned into the now empty hallway and stepped through the door. "You coming?" she called, when none of the other's had followed her.

"Oh! Yes, Ms. Harada," Daisuke replied as he hastily strode to catch up with the girl. Satoshi merely made a gesture indicating for Risa to go first, and then pushing his glasses elegantly up the ridge of his nose, he followed suite.

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"So…why are we here again?" Risa said as she randomly blew a strand of hair out of her face.

"Returning a book," he elder sister said, scowling.

"Well why did I have to come?" She muttered, only to be answered with a swift glare from her sister.

"I'll be back in a minute," Riku grumbled, as she walked towards the back of the room.

Daisuke dropped the old, leather bound book into the return slot at the front desk and slowly walked inside. Satoshi followed him unenthusiastically, and eventually the smaller of the two males turned and asked him, "Hey, Satoshi, do you have any ideas for what you're going to write?"

The blue haired boy shook his head slightly, "I haven't really thought about it. What about you?"

Daisuke's shoulders slumped. "I've been trying to think about something, but I'm just not getting anything…"

A small smile stained Satoshi's pale lips as he watched Daisuke pout, and than offered, "If you'd like, you can come over sometime and we can work together on it."

Daisuke immediately brightened, raising his gaze. "Really? You mean that?"

Satoshi nodded, "Of course. I'm not doing anything for the holiday, anyway."

"You're not doing anything for Thanksgiving? Not getting together with your family? Not anything?" The red head asked, seemingly appalled when Satoshi said, "I don't do anything. I never have, and I probably never will."

"No! Don't say that! If I tell my mom, I'm sure she'd love to have you over!" Daisuke hissed quietly, forcing himself to keep a low voice.

"Don't do that—I don't want to impose," Satoshi said with a stern voice.

"No—really; You can come over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner and we can work on writing a myth, okay?"

Satoshi had been about to protest, but seeing the determined look his friend had donned he decided against it. "Fine, Daisuke, you win. I'll go."

"All right! Let's go find Miss Harada, now—maybe she's finished."

Satoshi sighed, "Daisuke—call them by their first names, okay? I never can tell who you're talking about…"

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Riku closed another book, scoffing at its uselessness. "Risa—have you found anything that might help us?"

"Huh? Help us with what?" The girl said, looking over at her sister with a confused face.

"With our project! The one we're supposed to be doing over break!"

"Oh, that one!"

"Like there's another one?" Riku hissed, rolling her eyes at her sister.

"Now, now—ladies, maybe I can be of assistance?"

The two girls looked behind them to find an older looking male. Violet eyes flashed and he donned a charming grin as messy amethyst hair set his facial features. He wore upon him a dark ensemble, consisting of what appeared to be very outdated clothes—and if Riku had been a historian, she might have guessed it was at least a good number of centuries out of style.

"Who…are you?" Riku asked, as her sister's mouth opened—agape with awe.

"Just call me Dark. What about you—what are your names?"

"I'm Risa, and this is Riku!" The long, chocolate haired girl said eagerly, wanting to say something to such an attractive male.

"The pleasure's all mine. Now, what can I help you with? Are you looking for something?" He asked, winking at Risa.

Riku simply rolled her eyes, muttering, "I need something about folklore…legends, all that stuff."

Dark nodded, and walked down an isle of books. Pulling one almost randomly, he tossed it to the girl. "Does that one suit your needs?"

She flipped through it briefly, and raised a brow. How had she missed this? "Thanks. Do you work here or something?"

He shook his head. "Nah—I always thought working at a library would be a boring job. I guess you could say I just spend a lot of my free time here."

"Funny, I've never seen you before," Came an icy voice, and three sets of eyes fell upon Satoshi.

"Musta' missed me is all," Dark said, shrugging. "Anyway, I'm gonna be heading out of here for now. I'll see you guys later?"

"Maybe…" Riku said, and then asked curiously, "What's up with that costume—do you actually wear that outside?"

Dark smiled wryly, "I do. Why—does it bother you? I'd gladly take it off, if you wanted."

"You pervert—I probably won't be seeing you, if that's what your like…."

Risa sighed, dreamily, and oblivious to her sister's negative sense towards the older teenager said, "I hope I'll see you again soon!"

Giving her a final wink, and a wave to the other three eighth graders around him, Dark walked away and vanished behind a large bookshelf.

"Okay…what was that all about?" Daisuke asked, looking from Risa to Riku's faces/

"He just came to help us find a book," Riku said, scoffing. "Anyway, let's go."

Risa, still in bliss, nodded drunkenly and followed her sister and Daisuke when they began to head towards the front of the ancient building.

Satoshi, meanwhile, lingered behind for just a few moments. Staring at the place where Dark disappeared, he pondered for a long moment. There was definitely something…strange—something magical about that boy, but he couldn't quite say he knew what it was. Shaking his head, he turned to follow the others when he spotted something out of the corner of his eye.

Jerking his head to the side, he caught a glimpse of long blonde hair disappearing behind a large wall of books. Taking quick strides, Satoshi headed over to where he had just caught this and looked around. There was no one to be seen, and in a mere second a strange sense of unease washed over him.

The area around him grew very cold, and a dark shadow fell over him just before his breath caught in his chest.

"Satoshi! Are you coming?" Riku called with an impatient tone, and the boy gasped quickly as a rush of air fell back into his lungs.

What the hell had that just been?

"I'm coming!" He said loud enough for them to hear, and stepped away from the dark corner, walking quickly towards the group.

Daisuke looked at him strangely for a moment before asking hesitantly, "Satoshi? Are you all right…you look like you've just seen a ghost…."

Satoshi raised a brow, "Don't speak nonsense—I didn't see anything."

Riku shrugged. "In any case, let's get going before it gets too dark."

With a jumble of muffled agreements, the four walked into the chilling air, oblivious to the cold set of eyes that watched them depart.

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Just so everyone knows, this is an AU and…well, there may be some rather clumsy writing here…I seem to have acquired a bad habit of late, so I hope you can forgive me and if you have any constructive criticism to offer, I'd gladly take it. Other then that, I suppose I want you to know that I am NOT a huge fan of Risa and Riku—but I didn't want to make any original characters up, so please just bear with me. They'll only be in it on…brief occasion from this point on.