Disclaimer: I do not own rights to Ronin Warriors… to sad!

This is my first Ronin Warriors fic, so please be nice!

The nightmare house

Everything was so dark…Ryo couldn't see where exactly he was running to. All he knew was that he was running, and that he was terrified. Floors creaked under him, and wind shook and rattled the house around him.

Sage was still, having heard the strangest of moaning sounds. It was pitch black, and try as he might, he couldn't see or hear anything. It was deathly silent. He wasn't in his armor, and so he couldn't banish the darkness that was slowly consuming him.

Rowen was used to the darkness, but the silence was something he was never able to handle well. He opened his mouth to speak, but no words came out. Then, he screamed at the top of his lungs, but still nothing. He finally collapsed, his throat raw.

Cye wasn't only in darkness. It was dark, yes, and dry, also true…but it was also very warm. Being a warrior of water, he was used to cool temperatures, but where he was, was really hot. The air he breathed was thick and humid, and he fell to his knees, unable to breathe.

Kento wasn't one to stand still. He was running about and jumping, punching at the walls of darkness around him. He knew, despite the dark, where he was, and that was why he was so afraid. He would never have admitted when he was afraid of something, but there was plenty to fear in this place… Suddenly, he turned around and the darkness quickly closed in on him.

With a gasp, Kento sat upright in bed, clutching the sheets in his hands so hard they turned white, like his complexion. His face and neck were covered in sweat, and his breath came in short, ragged puffs.

"No… not there…"

After a while, the memory of the dream faded, and the sweet smell of food drifted up to his room. Licking his lips, Kento wiped away the sweat on his face and got dressed before heading downstairs.

Usually, by the time he was up, Sage was sitting on the window seat reading, Cye was in the kitchen, and Ryo and Rowen would be playing a game of some sort. However, that morning, all four of them were in the living room, sitting in a circle on the floor. Mia was apparently in the kitchen in place of Cye. Aside from that, all of the four were thinking hard. Without a word, Kento sat down with them in the space left in the circle, and closed his eyes to think. He could feel the thoughts of the others, and when they were all there, they came to a strange conclusion.

"We all had the same dream?" Sage asked.

Everyone opened their eyes.

"Not exactly. We each reacted differently, but that's the only thing that makes our dreams different." Cye replied.

"Maybe this is a sign…somewhere we need to go."

"No way!"

All eyes were on Kento as he stood up, looking pale again. Mia had just come out of the kitchen with a tray of food for the boys to share. Silently, she set it down in the circle and sat on the couch. Kento sighed and sat back down and started eating. After two bites, however, he froze, and stared out at nothing with a worried look on his face and a small snack just in front of him. Ryo reached over and put a hand on his shoulder.

"Mm?"

"Kento, are you okay?"

"Yeah, sure. Why wouldn't I be?"

"Well… there is that scared look on your face, and the fact that you stopped eating so fast."

"Huh? What? I'm eating! See!"

Kento then grabbed a handful of the snack and stuffed them in his mouth all at once. But he nearly choked, and Cye patted him on the back.

"I'm okay now…"

There was another period of silence before a heavy sigh.

"Or maybe… I'm not."

"Tell us what is bothering you, Kento."

"That place… in the dream…"

"Yes?"

"I know where it is."

"You do!"

"Well, spit it out! Where is it!"

"It's the house of the spirited away… I always heard horrible stories about that house, and it was the only thing that scared me when I was a child."

"And apparently now, too."

Kento glared at Rowen.

"Please continue, Kento."

"Well, it's rumored to be haunted, by the souls of a hundred people… It was given the nickname 'the nightmare house'."

"Why that name?"

"Because, it was rumored that those who fell victim to the evil in that place…dreamed about it the night before."

This struck everyone. Mia was frozen with her hand over her mouth I shock. Ryo got up from the circle and sat next to her on the couch, wrapping her arms around her as Kento continued.

"They say the spirits will haunt you from the minute you enter, and there is no way to get out after the sun has set. It drives the visitors insane, and according to the police report, most of the deaths that occurred in the house were obvious suicides…"

"So… what does that mean for us?"