It was several hours latter before Hiei woke, only to discover that his chest was hurting. Turning onto his side to see what the time was, he realized that he was supposed to have fed the twins over an hour ago! Standing, he headed for his bag and quickly changed into a pair of black pants and shirt, before heading out into the main room.
Kurama glanced up from the book he was reading when his ear swiveled at the sound of light footsteps on the floor. "Good morning Hiei," he said as he marked the page he was on and set it aside for later. "Shouldn't you be resting?'
But Hiei didn't say anything, just kept heading in the direction of an unknown location. Standing, Kurama reached out and spun Hiei around so his back was pressed up against his chest, his arm secure around Hiei's chest, preventing him from escaping. "Shuichi might be a patient person, but I'm not. You won't ignore me." He would have continued but he saw Hiei wince and then felt something on his hand. "What's this?" he murmured, lifting his hand up to inspect it. Besides the feeling that it was damp, there was nothing on it, so, lifting it closer to his face he sniffed it. Eyes widening in surprise, he released him. "I take it your looking for Ryu and Hina?" At Hiei's nod he continued, "Yukina fed them when she realized you would be sleeping for at least another hour."
Hiei nodded again. It was common in demon world for a family to help take care of the young, and most female demons were able to produce milk even if they didn't have any children of their own.
"If you'd like, I could help you with your problem…"
"No, I won't be one of your concubines," Hiei grumbled heading for the door, only to be stopped by Yoko snagging his wrist.
"I don't want you to be my concubine. I want you as my mate." Seeing Hiei's expression he said, "We'll talk later," and left.
Humming an old Koorime tune while cooking was quite common in her routine, but doing this while watching your twin brother rush in and slam the door shut was not….quite normal…"Hiei..what can I do for you?" she said as she quickly wiped her hands on a towel.
"Wha...oh, Yukina….are you busy?" Hiei mumbled glancing around to see if anyone else was in the kitchen. Nobody was there.
"Not really, the food just needs to sit and cool for an hour or so, it tastes better if I don't use my powers on it," I paused waiting for Hiei to go on, one should never push him into talking.
"You…Kurama said you fed the twins," Hiei blushed, staring at the floor.
"Yes, I did. I take it you need to be relieved?" I murmured, blushing as well. There were many things that seemed as though they weren't twins…but in this case, our reaction was the same.
"Would you? I'll understand if you won't…"
"No, that's all right. I'm just surprised that you didn't wish for Kurama to do it. I've seen the looks you've given him," I continued at his shocked expression.
"Kurama asked, but I, he, he asked to be my mate. And I wanted to ask you about that."
"Do you love him?" I asked leading him to a chair.
"I…I'm not sure what I feel," he said as he turned to face the wall, ignoring my movements to lift his shirt.
I paused in my movements. How to continue without making it seem like I put the feelings in his head…"Do you trust him with your life? Hina and Ryu's lives? Do you believe you can be happy with him in your future? Have the twin's consider him as their father? Would you allow him to get close to you and take care of you? Comfort you? If you believe those answers to be yes….maybe you do love him. I can't tell you how you feel Hiei, I wish I could to help you, but I can't. I do know that I trust him and that he would never make you do something you would never wish to do…" I stopped there. To continue would only confuse him. Instead I lifted his shirt the rest of the way and placed my mouth to one of his nipples. As awkward as it may seem, I felt no embarrassment in helping my twin relive the painful pressure caused from producing too much milk. How could I? Kuwabara had helped me on numerous occasions when the twins were full and I still had too much?
"Thank you," he murmured as I switched to the other nipple. "I think I do love him, both his human and demon form…Yukina? How did you know?"
I giggled at his innocent question. "Hiei, we share a twin's link. You might try to block everything from me, but whenever you're experiencing something with strong emotions….you slip. I've known almost as long as you were, you just didn't wish to acknowledge it."
"I see." He was quiet for a minute or so before he asked where the twins were at.
"They're with their cousins. But if you want to know where I think you should be…" I stood up and lowered my hand to my other half, smiling. He took it and I lifted him up, turned him around and gave him a gentle shove towards the door. "Kurama," was all I said.
With a glance back in my direction, Hiei raced out the door.
Yusuke and Kuwabara by this time had come back into the temple and were mumbling over a map with Botan in a corner. Every now and then could be heard talking about where to next look, a stupid Gaki and forms of protection.
"Well, we don't need to worry about Ina, since he's only staying as long as the Gaki is still here," said Botan as she flopped onto a seat.
"Yes, and it's been a while since the Gaki has been around so we should be expecting him anytime….or as soon as he thinks he's recovered from his wound," Yusuke grumbled.
"I wouldn't worry too much, I sense the idiot not too far off, and he's coming closer every second," said Kuwabara.
"Well where have Hiei and Kurama gone off to? I thought they would have been the most active in getting rid of that stupid excuse of a demon?" asked Yusuke.
"I don't know, I'm not their keepers," Botan snapped as she rolled up the map.
"You don't think they finally realized they were meant for each other and are having wild sex in some unused room in the temple do you?" Yusuke leered, only to be smacked on the back of the head by Keiko. "What was that for?"
"For being a pervert," Keiko shrieked.
"Well don't you agree their perfect for each other?"
"I'm not denying that, but you should watch what you're saying, any of the kids could have heard you. And then what would you have done?"
"Opps?" asked Yusuke.
"I give up," Keiko moaned.
"Hold that thought, Keiko, I think our little friend has finally made a reappearance and needs a reminder as to why he should have just stayed wherever he was hiding." That said Yusuke and Kuwabara raced out of the door.
Meanwhile in an "unused room"
"Where are all the kids?" asked Hiei.
"In the playroom. Shuichi is watching all of them as well as my mother. They know where to go if we're attacked again…Have you made a decision?" asked Yoko cautiously.
"Yes," Hiei said, his eyes staring straight into steely yellow orbs.
"I will be your mate, if you take all of my forms, and I in turn am able to claim you as my mate, both Yoko and Shuichi."
"I wouldn't have it any other way," Kurama murmured, leaning forward to gently brush his lips against Hiei's.
Nuzzling his cheek against Kurama's, he asked "where would we stay?"
"Where ever you like. We could stay at your Inn, or we could go to one of my layers or even stay in human world. I'll follow wherever you go."
"I could have Neko continue running the Inn, since I would like to spend time with my…our children and…I think we should stay in human world for now. I think your mother would wish to see her grandchildren and her son for as long as she can, correct?"
Yoko smiled, truly happy. "Thank you, I would have followed you anywhere, but I'm very happy that you are willing to spend a bit of time in human world."
Before they could continue, there was an almighty BANG, and with a glance they raced out of the room, closely followed by Nightmare, who had been sitting by the door the whole time.
Once outside, they both skidded to a halt. The scene was quite a funny thing really. The Gaki had indeed come back…but it really wasn't very observant, since it seemed to have jumped right in front of Ina, who had then proceeded to throw the stupid demon into a tree and then blast the sucker until he fell unconscious, hence the bang.
"Well, I'll just be going now, I've got what I've come here for," said Ina lifting Shishito up by his ear. "Oh, before I go, I thought I might tell you, those twins, the infants, it seems that they could very well replace the guardians of heaven or hell. Thought you might be interested to know that bit," as he said this, he started shimmering in a black aura and then vanished, taking Shishito with him.
"W-WHAT!!!!" screeched Hiei before passing out into Kurama's waiting arms.
"I don't believe it, he didn't even let us get one punch in," Yusuke whined.
"I think this is going to be the start of a very entertaining future," Yukina giggled as she turned around to go check on the kids.
Author note: Woot, I've finally finnished it!!! I am really sorry that it took me so long to complete this, but trying to write a story while in college is not a simple task. But since I'm on vacation in Texas visiting family I decided that I needed to finnish it before 2008. After all, I have a reputation to uphold...I cut it a bit close but oh well. No there wont be a sequal, I'm sorry, but part of the reason that it took me so long is because Yu Yu Hakusho is finnished, I've seen all the episodes. It's kinda hard to think up plots when the series has ended. However, this is not the last story I will ever write. In fact, I'm currently working on some Harry Potter stories. Please Tell me what you think. And for those of you who have been waiting patiently, thank you for sticking with me.