Yoh slowly opened his eyes to the new day. He was tired but he knew that if he didn't get his butt out of bed and on the road, Anna would undoubtedly come in and kick his butt repeatedly until he did so. And so, for lack of wanting a sore posterior he left the house as the sun peeked over the mountains and began his daily run.
Amidamaru appeared next to him in a rush of chilly air. "Yoh-dono," he said softly.
"Hm?" Yoh asked. "What's wrong?"
"I feel something, something foreboding. Can you feel any other shamans around here?" the samurai spirit asked.
Yoh looked up as if in thought and shook his head. "Nope," he said cheerfully. "Why?"
"I just have a feeling," Amidamaru said uncomfortable.
Yoh nodded. He had learned over the time with his spirit that when he got a 'feeling' it was best to heed it. "Well, whatever happens, happens."
"Yoh-dono…" Amidamaru said softly.
Yoh chuckled and continued on his run, thinking about the breakfast that was waiting for him when he got back.
On the last leg of his trip he ducked into a thicket of trees to get shade from the unrelenting sun that now was a quarter of the way to the high mark. He took the front of his shirt and pulled it in and out trying to cool himself off as he ran. "I'd rather be sleeping," he sighed.
Amidamaru gave him an amused chuckle as Yoh lamented his lack of laziness. Sometimes he was unsure if Yoh really liked to be lazy or if he liked to be active. He was never sure at that point but in the obvious heat he doubted anyone would want to be jogging.
In front of them a few leaves rustled and Yoh stopped dead staring at the foliage. Through them a very beat up looking Hao came out and smirked at Yoh. "You think you defeated me…" he said softly. "I will have what I want, Yoh…" he said softly, walking towards Yoh.
Yoh took a step back before he realized that Hao not only was weak but he had no spirit. He was defenseless and he looked about a hair's breadth away from collapsing. "Hao?" he asked, trying to forget the horrible things Hao had done and take into consideration he was about to die without some kind of treatment.
Hao gathered a fistful of Yoh's shirt in his hand. "I will win," he whispered. "I can't… lose…"
Yoh looked puzzled. "Hao, you're human too… how did you…"
Hao chuckled, "As long as you're alive, I can't die. We're one, Yoh… and when I…" he swayed. "I get you back I'll be whole again…"
"Yoh-dono…" Amidamaru said, ready to protect Yoh by any means necessary.
Yoh shook his head. "He's defenseless," he murmured. "Hao, you don't have your spirit. You can't do anything. How did you even get here?"
Hao grinned, a spark of life glistening in his eyes. "I'm the great Hao, I can do anything. I…" his eyes widened and he passed out suddenly, forcing Yoh to catch him.
"What did he mean, he can't die without me?" Yoh asked a very confused Amidamaru.
The samurai shook his head, "I have no idea, Yoh-dono. Perhaps we should…"
Yoh shook his head, "He's hurt. And he's powerless. I don't think he's a threat right now," he said as he bent down and lifted Hao onto his back. "More importantly, he needs help."
"Yoh-dono…" Amidamaru said softly.
"Don't worry, it'll work out," Yoh said with a grin. "Besides, I just can't leave someone in the middle of the road, even if they are Hao."
Amidamaru looked concerned, then nodded. "Very well, Yoh-dono."
"Anna's going to kill me," Yoh said softly as he took his unconscious (and evil) twin home.
Anna crossed her arms and looked down at Yoh. "What is this?" she asked sternly.
"Anna, please…" Yoh said softly. "He doesn't have any power and he needs help."
"You're too kindhearted for your own good, moron," she hissed, trying not to let her alarm show. "He's not Tokageroh, he won't suddenly chance. He is the half of that is evil, literally, remember?"
Yoh shrugged. "I can be bad sometimes, and I can feel hate and anger. So if I can feel that then why can't he feel good?"
Anna gritted her teeth, "He's going to try and kill you again. Do you want that? Huh?"
"It'll be fine," Yoh assured her. "Please Anna, if we keep him here then we'll be able to keep an eye on him. Right?"
Anna eyed Yoh and sighed. "Very well, but I'm not going near him," she snapped and slammed the door as she walked out of the room.
Yoh sunk to his knees and sighed. "That went better then I thought it would," he sighed in relief.
"Are you sure, Yoh-dono?" Amidamaru asked. "Is this all right?"
Yoh nodded, "Of course. Hao can't really be evil; he's still human right? All humans have good in them, no matter what. I may be upset at what he did but… everyone deserves a second chance."
Amidamaru sighed. "Very well, Yoh-dono."
Yoh placed Hao on a futon and walked out of the room. "Don't worry," he told his spirit. "In this heat I doubt anyone could do anything."
Amidamaru shook his head as Yoh laughed at his own joke and retreated into his room to combat the summer air.
Hao's eyes slowly opened, "Not evil, huh?" he asked softly.
Several days after Yoh had found Hao, or rather after Hao had collapsed in front of Yoh, the situation was a bit strained and not much better. Especially with Anna watching every move Hao made.
Finally, Hao decided to confront Yoh. His strength was up and he knew something had to give. "Why are you keeping me here? When I'm trying to kill you."
Yoh looked at Hao and sat down on the porch, waving a fan and trying to stay cool. "Well, you're weak, you have no spirit and no where to go. Besides, you're family, so why not?"
Hao gritted his teeth. "You know as soon as spirit of fire comes back I'll kill you."
Yoh shrugged, "Who said it was coming back? I seem to remember that battle ending differently."
"It's out there, always," Hao said dangerously.
"Fine," Yoh yawned and decided that fanning was too much work. He fell onto his back and looked up at Hao. "But you're not strong enough to control it."
Hao clenched his fist. "I can't merge with you yet. I don't have the power, but I swear…"
Yoh smiled, "That's a relief. Now sit down, seeing you angry is making me tired."
Hao blinked and sat down. He glared at Yoh who looked as if he was napping. "Fine, you can live for now. But only because you're important to me, and my plans. So, until my strength comes back I'm keeping you alive."
Yoh yawned, "Thanks for that," he said sleepily. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and he jumped up and whirled his arms around.
"Yoh?" Hao asked.
"Yeah?" Yoh replied while continuing to beat up an imaginary opponent.
"What in the hell are you doing?" Hao asked, trying not to look too confused.
"Beat the heat," he said with a grin. "I learned it's better to do this then think about being hot. I almost fell asleep so I figured this was a better idea."
"You're a moron."
A day later Yoh looked at the ceiling of his room with a disinterested expression. It was then so hot that even he couldn't handle it. He never figured himself to never be able to not beat the heat because anything was better then lying on his back, staring at the ceiling. Which of course was exactly what he was doing.
Hao walked into the room and gazed at his twin with an almost puzzled expression. He smirked and walked over to Yoh. "What are you doing?" he asked while leaning over him, trying to see if he was still alive or not.
"Trying to think of something to do," Yoh replied.
"Aren't you bored? Don't you usually try to 'beat the heat'?" his twin asked him.
"Mm," Yoh agreed softly.
"Then why aren't you?" Hao asked, sitting down next to his twin and looking at him.
Yoh closed his eyes, as if in deep thought. When he finally opened them again they brightened for a second in contemplation. "I'm too lazy," he said cheerfully.
Hao blinked and a small scowl crossed his face. He was the evil one, he was the one who caused everyone pain and he was the one who was the devil of the two. If he was so bad, then how could Yoh be so incredibly… annoying? "I put up with soooo much to keep you alive," he growled.
Yoh shrugged, "You've killed me already. It didn't work, remember?"
"How can you say that so easily?" Hao exploded. "How can you just say, 'oh, you've already killed me but it's all right because I'm your FREAKING GOODY OTHER HALF!'"
Yoh blinked slowly and looked at his steaming twin. He smiled broadly and the gesture put Hao's temper out almost immediately. "Bad people can't see spirits," he said gently. "That's how I know… you're not a bad person."
"I hate you," Hao growled.
Yoh chuckled and sat up, turning to face Hao. "I don't like being disliked, and besides I know that's not how you really feel or you would have killed me long ago."
"I swear when I am at full power again…" Hao started.
Yoh raised an eyebrow, "You'll kill me?"
"Yes! No… I…" Hao stopped and blinked. "I hate it when you do that," he sighed.
"Do what?" Yoh asked. He was genuinely confused, even though to Hao it was damn obvious what Yoh did.
"Nothing," Hao sighed. "Look, Yoh. The only reason I'm keeping you alive is because in order for me to regain my full self I need you. That's it."
Yoh smiled again and Hao looked away. "Well, I guess that's it then."
"How can you say that? How can you let me live with you even though you know I'll just kill you when I have the chance?"
Yoh turned to Hao and gave him a nod, "Because, you're not a bad person. Not now, anyway. You can't be, or you would have killed me a long time ago."
Hao growled angrily as Yoh left the room to try and 'fight the heat.' "Idiot, of course I'm bad. I'm everything you're not…"