Party!

Hiei's eyes were covered as Botan and Kurama led him through the halls of the Reikai. Yukina was being helped by Kuwabara and Yusuke. She, of course, already knew about the party, since Kuwabara talked about this so loud that she had overheard it one day she was at Genkai's house.

She was wearing a nice dress, the same color with the kimono she used to wear and had finally let her hair loose; she had become a rare beauty.

Botan too abandoned her usual pink kimono and she was now wearing a short dark red dress and sandals the same color. Her hair was also left loose, because the high ponytail made her look tall (and although Hiei was taller than he used to be, he still wasn't as tall as Botan).

Yusuke and Kuwabara wore casual clothes, not their uniforms, and Kurama had brought a suit for the occasion.

Laughing, they pushed the twins through the great gates of the party room. Keiko, Shizuru, Genkai and the gang from the Dark Tournament (yep, Jin, Rinku, Touya, Chuu, Shishiwakamaru and "The beautiful fighter" Suzuki) plus some new friends – Mukuro (can you believe it?), Hokushin (and his two companions), Koto, Juri, some of Hiei's old friends…and three Koorome girls, Yukina's playmates.

Plus, all Reikai's ogres, Koenma all dressed up and a band.

On the table was a lot of food, especially Hiei's favorite – vanilla ice cream.

They removed the eye folds and the party began.

"Happy Birthday, Hiei" said Mukuro, raising her glass. "I'm happy for you" 'even if you chose Botan' she continued mentally.

Mukuro had brought him a very stylish sword, very valuable in Makai. Hiei smiled and accepted the gift. He received a jade pendant from Kurama to match his eyes, the Star Wars collection from Yusuke and Keiko (yes, so what? The Jedi are swordsmen, no?) and a photo album from Botan. Kuwabara had bought him a first-aid kit ("I know women, I live with one and Yusuke does too" Kuwabara whispered in his ear while Hiei remained perplex).

Yukina received flowers, perfumes, accessories, girls stuff. After one hour of eating, dancing and having fun, Koenma brought in the huge ice cream cake; Yukina and Hiei (mostly Hiei) blew the candles.

Then, Koenma brought in another surprise. Karaoke!

Everyone had had sugar. Everyone had drunk at least one glass of Champaign. Everyone accepted to perform and Keonma prepared the camera grinning.

Firstly, Botan went on stage. She grabbed the microphone and began to sing, looking deeply into Hiei's eyes. He was fascinated by her.

Something calling from deep inside me,

A voice I knew but I could not hear.

For so long I have tried to hide me,

Couldn't see that you were so near.

You know me,

You show me,

Everything that I really am and,

You see me,

you gave me strength enough to say.

Here I am

Ready for your love

Here I am

I'll never run away

I have made my connection,

Seen my reflection in you.

So here I am.

Botan moved her hips on the rhythm of the music and got the attention of everyone in the room.

Living under a lonely shadow,

I have seen from the other side.

Hope will shine from a single candle,

Leaving all of the pain behind.

It's our way,

A new day,

Living in the here and now and,

Believing,

I'm feeling strong enough to say.

Here I am

Ready for your love

Here I am

I'll never run away

I have made my connection,

Seen my reflection in you.

So here I am.

Never leave me,

You complete me.

I finally know who I love,

I love you

I love you

Here I am,

(Calling from deep inside me,

reaching out for my hand)

Here I am,

(Coming from deep inside me,

knowing that who I am)

Here I am

Ready for you love

Here I am

I'll never run away

I have made my connection,

Seen my reflection in you,

Finally here I am.

(Calling from deep inside me,

reaching out for my hand)

Here I am,

(Coming from deep inside me,

knowing that who I am)

I am.

I have made my connection,

Seen my reflection in you,

So here I am.

She went down from the stage on the applause of everyone.

Next, Hiei found himself dragged by his team mates. Grinning, Yusuke and Kuwabara pulled Hiei and Kurama on stage and they all took on microphone.

"We'll sing something nice for the girls" Yusuke said. "Encourage us please, especially Hiei, he's never been on stage before" Hiei glared. "And Kurama too" Kurama blushed.

"Soooo, applause!"

People clapped their hands.

"Ok, that's enough"

The music began to play.

Yusuke: Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine,

I'm leaving my life in your hands

Hiei: People say I'm crazy and that I am blind

Risking it all in a glance

Kuwabara: And how you got me blind is still a mystery

I can't get you out of my head

Kurama: Don't care what is written in your history

As long as you're here with me

All: I don't care who you are

Where you're from

What you did

As long as you long me

Who you are

Where you're from

Don't care what you did

As long as you love me

Yusuke: Every little thing that you've said and done

Feels like it's deep within me

Kurama: Doesn't really matter if you're on the run

It seems like we're meant to be

Hiei: I've tried to hide it so that no one knows

But I guess it shows

When you look into my eyes

Kuwabara: What you did and where you're coming from

I don't care

As long as you love me baby…

All: I don't care who you are

Where you're from

What you did

As long as you long me

Who you are

Where you're from

Don't care what you did

As long as you love me…

People applauded again. More of them gained courage to go on stage and sing, but the bravest one (after MANY glasses of Champaign) must have been Kurama with his "I'm too sexy for my love…"

Well, you can say it was a lot of fun. (AN And I wish I was there to tape it all.)

Late, during the night, Botan went out for air and found Hiei on the balcony.

She went quietly next to him.

"Did you enjoy the party?"

"Yes, I did. Was this the secret information for Kurama on the tape you brought…"

"It was"

"So you were trying to make us a surprise party and I acted like a jerk"

"No, you didn't!"

"I'll never make you cry again, and that's a promise"

"Hiei…"

Hiei gently captured her lips in a soft kiss.

"I love very much, Botan"

"I love you too…" she said, leaning in for another kiss.

Yusuke stuck his head out.

"Hey, love birds, come see Kuwabara dancing waltz" Yusuke said grinning.

"We can't miss that, can we?" Hiei winked at Botan.

The pair followed Yusuke back at the party. Their laughs could be heard all the way to Makai.

DeeDee: Okay, sorry if the sequel wasn't just as good as the first part. I'd like to thank everyone for their reviews and appologise for making them wait.