REUNION OF THE HEARTS

-Kawaii Hana-

DISCLAIMER:

I don't own any of the characters in FOR... although; one particular clumsy character there is mine.

The other names in there came from the seiyuu or voice actors of the anime. Obviously, I don't own them either...

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Chapter 5: It's Time...

It was unbelievable...

To think that they had been once wielders of the legendary madougu from the ancient Hokage clan from 7 years ago, she could only smile at what she was seeing now...

7 years ago, they were goofy, clumsy, (or one angsty) teenagers who had the utmost responsibility of holding the most precious weapons (or power) of their ancestors. They were too young to hold such power. But, it was just one tournament that proved their worth...

And now, they were productive citizens of modern-day Japan – just as it should be...

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The sweet wake-up calls from the birds rose up to the air... The golden rays of sunlight lit the dark room of two figures sleeping beside each other. The older woman opened her eyes first and soon she stretched up and yawned. She gently rubbed her sister's back who was still comfortably asleep and whispered in a soft voice.

"Hey, Ganko... Time to wake up."

The blonde teen girl moaned. "Five more minutes... Call me when it's time for breakfast..."

The purple head rolled her eyes with a playful smile on her face. Her sister can be a weird one sometimes...

"Err... Ganko? I can't make breakfast... We are not at home, remember?"

From that point, the girl sat up quickly. "Huh?" She took a minute to look around... and sweatdropped – a huge one at that...

"Oh yeah... We're in Kagero-san's house... Ehehehe..."

"It's more like she transported us back to time... We are in an old house... We slept on a futon... And look, we're wearing kimonos for heaven's sake!" Fuuko said.

"So, what are we goin' to do?" The girl inquired.

"Well, we go out... And see if everyone's up."

And so both girls stood up and stretched... the modern way...

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He thought of his clients... They were probably going frantic because he was not answering any of his calls and his cell phone could not receive any signal.

Tokiya Mikagami smiled at that thought... At least for one day, he doesn't have to do anything.

His hair, tied up in a ponytail as always, was flying from the breeze that came his way as he stood upon the cliff. He looked below and saw forests, clean natural bodies of water and rice farmlands ready to be harvested in a few days...

He felt like some sort of a samurai watching... Patrolling over the hills... For a slight movement of the enemy...

It was because...

"Tokiya-dono... Has the enemy crossed our borders?" A female voice suddenly was heard imitating a common line from samurai movies.

"Don't worry, Fuuko-hime... I will protect you..." His voice was surprisingly serious.

But about a split second later, they threw a fit of laughter at what they just did...

"Seriously, Tokiya, you look a real-life samurai... Considering your serious demeanor and that long silver hair..."

"And I must say you look beautiful in that kimono..." Tokiya complimented back.

"Why, thank you..."

This time, Fuuko didn't have any make-up on and her blushing can be easily noticed. Luckily, Tokiya looked back at the view and failed to notice Fuuko's reaction.

The purple-haired suddenly noticed that somehow Tokiya was... quiet. Well, duh... He's always been like that. But, this time, his eyes were at peace. It was as if he wanted to be in that spot forever.

It was this that Fuuko couldn't help but to go closer to him.

"You seemed quite relaxed, there..."

He smiled and sighed. "Well, Mikagami Tokiya just got calmed down by a mere sight of rice fields and lakes…"

Consciously and carefully, the purple-haired lady went closer to get to see the view from below. She sighed and raised a brow at him. "Is this Mikagami Tokiya from high school…Or rather the self-spoken world-famous lawyer of all time? I don't think I see the anti-social aura anymore…"

Tokiya raised an eyebrow at her as well. "Well, I don't think you're Kirisawa Fuuko, either… She's more fun to be with, you know…"

"Wha-!? Why you…?" Fuuko nudged his shoulder and both laughed.

Hmm… Why in the world are they laughing when… they are pretty much aware that they're both in danger…?

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"Ohayo, Ganko-chan!!!" A long auburn haired girl named Yanagi in a pink kimono happily greeted the young teenager as she sat by the porch of outside the house.

Most of the people were already awake when the Kirisawa sisters had gone out of the house. While Fuuko went off to look for Tokiya, Ganko merely stayed put.

"Ah… Ohayo, Yanagi-neesan… What's up?" Ganko replied.

"Ehhh… You're supposed to be merrier than that, Ganko-chan…" The 20 year old fang boy (or young man) suddenly appeared behind the healer. He was wearing a beige-colored ukata along with the sandals to match.

The blonde girl sighed. "Just tired from last night, I guess…"

"Well, you were crying up a whole pail full back then…," Said the young man as he sat near Ganko.

"Well, changing the topic… Tokiya-kun and Fuuko-chan are awfully friendly nowadays… Isn't that great, Ganko-chan!?" Yanagi squealed as if she was the teenager but weirdly the blonde teen was still staring down.

"Ganko-chan… What's wrong? You're usually excited when it comes to this…"

"Can we stop the whole matchmaking for a while…?" The blond teen suddenly said… with her face still looking down.

"Eh…?"

"Geez, Ganko… This is so not you…" Kaoru grumbled.

"All I ever thought about was making Tokiya-niisan and Fuuko-neesan ending up together… I totally forgot about the danger we got ourselves into… Last night, I was deliriously happy Neesan was not yet home because I thought Tokiya-niisan already asked her out… Everything is going to be great… or so I thought… And then… I saw that note…"

She was bursting tears again. Kaoru took the initiative to pat her shoulder.

"Please… don't cry, Ganko-chan… Come on, they're both safe now…" Yanagi said calmly and gently…

"We just got lucky Kagero-san took us here… but what if…," Saying that just made the blonde teen to sob even more.

Kaoru sighed. "OK… We'll stop this matchmaking scheme until everything's back to normal. But, you know what why don't you something else?"

The blonde girl looked at him as she wiped her tears. "Huh? What do exactly mean?"

Kaoru merely smiled. "Believe in niisan and neesan… They are strong peopleWe all know that… I know it's been a long while since the UBS but… I still believe the strength that made us win that tournament is still here within us… We might be in a bit of trouble but I'm sure we'll make it… again and again!"

He looked at down Ganko and sighed. "All we gotta do is to believe, right?"

Ganko looked down at knees again to hide her already noticeable blush. "Y-yeah…"

Yanagi smiled. The youngest members of the Team Hokage have all grown up – not just physically but also in the inside as well. Somehow, a brief separation of 4 years was not so bad after all…

And not to mention the fact that even these matchmakers themselves are having a little 'mutual understanding' to each other as well

Yanagi sighed again. Love just comes in many unexpected moments…

She totally agrees to that… She had experienced that first-hand.

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"Aaah… Fuuko-chan!"

She turned to see who had called her and expected it was Domon…

"Kyaahhh…" His eyes were watery- as if he was crying tears of joy (in exaggerated manner)"My Fuuko-chan's so beauutiiifulll in that lovely turquoise kimono… Aaah! I feel as if you were a princess longing for me to save you from the clutches of an evil warlord."

Fuuko sweat dropped. What on earth has this gorilla been imagining for 4 years?

"Fear not, Fuuko-hime… I will always protect you from the warlords and their heartless minions…" The wrestler was on his knees and a fiery aura somewhat gave a depth to his… ergh… proclamation…

And Tokiya formed a nerve. Who the hell was the warlord the Mongoloid was talking about…? He's flaming jealous again, isn't he?

"Uhhh… Domon?" Fuuko began.

"Yes… Hime-sama…" Domon's eyes were full of expectations… and dreams… and all sorts of imaginations…

"Uhhh… You can let go of my hand now." She said so casually and simply that…

"NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" The poor wrestler broke into pieces like those of glass. In his 'world', the skies are dark. The ground was tearing itself… And he was there alone… Like a defeated samurai… So to speak, Domon's world is falling apart… (again)

"Fuuko-chan… why? Why haven't you still realized my undying love for you after all these years…? Every fight I engage to during those wrestling tournaments… I have given my all because it's all for you…"

"OK, OK… Well said, Domon… Now get up." Fuuko merely patted his shoulder twice and acted as if she hadn't heard anything which made the poor Domon upset than ever…

Tokiya sighed with a faint smiled formed on his face. In this situation when Domon goes berserk, Fuuko would have punched him to the very deep depths of the universe… He began to wonder if she ever by chance went through an anger management therapy or something of the like…

"Mi-chan… Don't you think your clients are panicking right now!?" The lady's attention has turned back to the silver-haired man.

"Oh no… Fortunately, I don't have any appointments today." Tokiya replied, noticing the gorilla was already sending him about a gazillion death glares now…

"What about you…? Weren't you hired when we came to the Hiramatsu Corps.? Don't you think Takahiro-san would be worried that you aren't there at the first day of work…?" It was Tokiya's turn to ask.

"Oh, don't worry… I got hired by the CEO alright. But it actually takes days to process all that paperwork. And I don't think there's a desk waiting for me anyway…" Fuuko replied.

Meanwhile, Domon was going gaga by just a simple conversation between his 'beloved' and his 'rival'… Just merely seeing Tokiya chatting and answering Fuuko's every question in such a carefree manner made him boiling jealous. And who the hell is this 'Takahiro-san'?

Tokiya, who had long taken notice of this, started to talk to him for a change. "Well, Domon, what do you do when there's no tournament or something like that?"

Domon made a dumbfounded look. "Ehh… Well, I help my mother with her flower shops."

"Flower shops? So I guess the money you earned from your wrestling matches is used to expand your family's livelihood… That's so sweet of you, Domon…" Fuuko commented – which led the wrestler to another charade of over exaggerated tears.

"Aahh… I am so happy…" He sniffed, suddenly with a tissue to accompany him. "Yes, Fuuko-chan, even I have turned to this… I am still the Ishijima Domon who still cares for his mother and the one whom you have spent your childhood days with…"

A sweat drop. "Err… Yeah. I'm glad to hear that…," Came the response from the purple-haired lady.

"Yo!!!… How's everyone there?" Another primate decided to join the crew (In Tokiya's POV). As like the other males in the group, the flame boy wore the exact same style of clothing as the others.

"Hey, Recca… Just talking." It was Fuuko who replied.

"Eh? Did I hear that right?" He placed a hand on his left ear for effect. "You guys are talking. That's quite hard to believe. I mean Mikagami talking to us – the trio of monkeys… Ehehehehe…"

The four of them started laughing as it brought back a lot of memories. Well, it was unbelievable… to see how Tokiya found friendship within the trio when in fact the first time he got them to notice him is by beating Recca to a pulp…

Geez… Sometimes, first impressions are not that important

"So, Recca, where's Yanagi?" Fuuko came to ask.

"She's with Ganko and Kaoru… "The flame boy replied as stood by the cliff like the others.

"If you ask me, that Kaoru and Ganko are awfully friendly to each other." Domon said.

"Well, they aren't the little kids anymore…" Tokiya commented. "But nevertheless…"

"They're still too young." All three completed his statement which made Tokiya to smile.

"Well… I guess your minds are evolving, huh…?"

Another fit of laughter…

Another moment of ease and of fun…

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She smiled at them. They have grown in every aspect… what used to be careless, goofy and happy-go-lucky youngsters are now… adults doing their part in this modern world.

She then beheld a sad face. If only she could do something to put them back to that carefree life

They have given up those weapons… They had forgotten about it…

Why would they be returned only to put danger in their lives… again?

She sighed deeply…

No… She'll have to trust them… They have gone through this before…

They can do it again…

Maybe even better…

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It was not long after Recca joined the group did the rest came.

"Hi, everyone…" Ganko who was now feeling better…

A stomach growl was heard echoing through the place. OK, maybe she's not that better.

"Whew…Ganko… It echoes till the ends of the earth!" Kaoru teased.

"Aah mou… That's not funny, Kaoru-kun…" The blonde teen whined. "Mou… I'm really hungry."

And another fit of laughter was heard…

"Hungry? Why come in the house…" Her stern voice caught their attention the second she spoke.

They did so and what awaited them… were native Japanese dishes more than enough to fill up the empty stomachs that were suddenly growling at the sight of such a buffet.

"Aaah... Ma?" Recca began. "Errr… When did you…!? I for one, did not hear anything or smell anything for that matter…."

"I agree…" Tokiya began, too.

"Me too…" Yanagi chirped in as well as did the others.

Kagero surprisingly let out a smile… A rare moment even rarer than Tokiya…

"Hmph… Even in cooking, a ninja should do so in complete secrecy." Kagero said sternly… only to be followed with another fit of but quiet laughter in which she also joined in as well.

"Man…" Kaoru began. "Let's all stop laughing and start eating… I'm beginning to feel an earthquake inside me!"

Nobody disapproved of that… as all of them sat down eagerly for the meal.

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This was not a family of Japanese eating together during old times. Despite the clothes, the tools used for eating and the structure of the house itself, I swear…this isn't an old setting for a Japanese family eating together…

Because we are in the 21st century, remember…?

Although… one can consider these people as a family already.

And a strange one at that…

There was the mother serving the food to her 'children' even though she does not look like one… As she seems to be as young as the others appear to be… But her caring demeanor and her genuine smile are unmistakably like those of a mother…

The first to be seen was a young man probably in his 20's. His long silvery hair was flowing perfectly with his watery blue robes. He is seen to be quiet , self-composed and well… uhm… The typical loner… That is assumed until he politely helps pass a side dish to a certain lady not too far… One could say he stands like that of an eldest son.

Just across him was an equally attractive purple head. Her hair tied up so as not to get in the way while eating. In all aspects, this young woman can be the big sister you can look up to. In fact, she has one little sister that can tell you loads of what they did together…

Speaking of that little sister, well… she's not the little girl we are used to see anymore… But we can see the obvious childishness in her… In many ways, this blond teen girl is considered to be the family's 'baby'… However, we are yet to see what she can do…

Next to her is the second to the youngest… Around 7 years ago, he was just like any other kid goofy and happy-go-lucky but dead serious and overly-focused when the situation asks for it. Now, with a brain like his, he might just have to do greater things yet… And now both of these youngsters have grown up in some way, I think I can see sparks somewhere, don't you…?

To the other side of the table was what we call the 'sweethearts' of the family. It was pretty clear, though. His hand was placed on her waist as they ate… Just like he purple-haired best friend, her long brown hair was tied up. One could say both of them have gone a long way before they can happily be together… In fact, the sound of wedding bells can be heard soon enough…

Last but not least… is him. Well, if you're pertaining to his size, he surely does not count being the last. From the very start of their friendship till now, this big guy never cease to make many people laugh in either his goofy, clumsy ways or his exaggerated ways of proclaiming his love… Considering these attributes, he's kind of like the family's clown. But deep inside, he also possesses some sensitivity in him that he doesn't want to show…

With that said, there is your one taste of one big happy family… Though different in many aspects, they have learned to love and respect one another…

And with this, a bond has been formed. A strong bond that has kept them together even after a brief separation of four years…

But… That bond has to be unmercifully tested yet again…

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"Alriiigghhht… That was a great meal! I'm stuffed!" Recca exclaimed as he got up and stretched.

"Well, I'm glad you all enjoyed it… It's been a long time since all of you last came to the house…" Kagero mused out loud.

"Awww, it's been almost 4 years since we were together in this house, huh?" Yanagi said.

"Hey, Fuuko-chan,,, remember when Recca whipped off those Three idiots when we first came here!?" It was Domon who said that… rather loudly…

"Yeah… I remember that one…"

"Eh heh… Wasn't that a weird experience!?"

It was indeed. Just right after these certain group of mismatched teenagers have successfully saved Yanagi and a certain high school teacher, Kagero had invited them over to the very same place they are now…

A powerful message was revealed that day…

A message that would change a certain flame master's life and his friends'…

3 years later… A certain silver-haired young man had announced to his friends that he would leave them for college. Many were shocked, speechless and for a certain one… hurt…

And that was yet another powerful message…

Kagero sighed. This secret hideout has been a sacred place for all of the Hokage. It was the birth place of the very first flame master. In other words, it was when the clan of legendary ninja has been formed. It was the safe haven for all the wounded soldiers, risking their lives in battle…

It was where the idea of an elemental weapon or a Madougu has come into form…

It was when she, then just a a normal foot soldier, met him… the head of the Hokage Ninja…

It was where she had stay hidden for over 4 centuries while trying to find her long-lost son.

And the rest? Well, you guys know it…

"Hey guys… Haven't you noticed that something life-changing happens when we come here…?" Recca asked, figuring as much…

"Yeah… Like Kagero being Recca's mother…"

"Or when Mi-chan told us that he has to leave for Tokyo University…"

"Hehehe… Hmm… Wonder's what's next!?"

As if she was waiting for someone to say that, Kagero stood up catching everyone's attention…

"I guess… this place is a milestone for those who are of the Hokage… From over many generations… till now…"

There was silence as the young people listened intently to what Kagero was about to say…

"Do you remember…," She began. "The time when I took away the madougu from you… That was 7 years ago."

Each of them made a nod. Somehow, they know where this is going to

"I took it all because I thought that the battles were already over. That this modern era has no more interest in us but just of bunch of history books and artifacts…"

She paused. "But some did take a different interest… But an interest solely on our madougu…"

"For over 400 years, I walked on this world… I have seen the wars that scarred this country… And every time a war breaks out, it gets more dangerous, bloodier… Like that war when it destroyed Hiroshima!"

The othesr gulped. They know she was talking about World War II…

"I realized…" Kagero continued. "That in every war, a new deadlier weapon is brought about causing more lives and destruction… "

"What do you mean, Ma? The ones chasing us want to get the Madougu to use for war!?" Recca interrupted.

"I wish it would be that easy… But no… They plan to sell it… To foreign countries!" Kagero answered.

Gasps of shock were heard.

Even Tokiya himself found his own mouth agape.

- Of course! These bastards plan to secretly sell the Madougu to the US or some European country as a weapon of war – an originally Japanese-made weapon still dangerous enough to create chaos… -

"S-Sell it!? But… That's outrageous!" Fuuko voiced her disgust. "What the heck are they thinking?"

"No one knows what their corrupted minds are made of but… this has left me no choice." Kagero said and did a seal…

Then, from out nowhere, certain objects appeared before Tokiya, Fuuko, Kaoru, Ganko and Domon…

It was no doubt their own madougu…

"H-hey… this is the Kougan Anki!!!" An excited Kaoru held it again after so many years…

"Yey! My Kata Kugutsu!" Squealed an overjoyed Ganko.

"Hey… it's the Dosei no Wa!!! Man, I missed this thing! And the Kuchibashi-O and the Tetsugan!!!" Domon also could not contain his delight.

Fuuko simply smiled and wore a certain madougu on her arm. "Ha! This Fuujin still fits… And I'm sure the Oni no Tsume will…"

And lastly was Tokiya… He never voices out what he really feels. But, the rest can tell how happy he is… To be able to hold the Ensui again… the Mikagami family heirloom…

"I know… that his is supposed to be a moment worth rejoicing…"Their squeals of joy were one again interrupted by Kagero…

"But you must all know this… The moment you take back the madougu would mean you'll have to risk your life again in battles… And I'm sure that these upcoming encounters will be far more dangerous than UBS…" Her voice was dead serious as she ever had.

Another silence… but only for a split second as the same stern woman gave an encouraging smile . "Hmph… But, I'm sure you can all overcome it, right?"

"Hell yeah!!!" Recca said, standing up. "I'm sure guys are familiar with the 'protecting the hime' part… but this time, it goes like this…"

- Oh no… Please not in that kind of style… - Tokiya thought.

Recca took a deep breath and then…

"Hey you! If you think I'm rusty for not fighting all this time, you thought wrong… Coz now I'm not only going to protect my hime but I'm also going to protect my friends!!!"

Each made a smile…

"So…" Recca continued and stretched his left arm in front… "Who's with me!?"

"Me!" Domon put his right hand on Recca's.

"Count me in!" Fuuko came next…

"Hey, me too…" Ganko squeezed in.

"Also me…!" Kaoru squeezed in, too…

"I'm with you, Recca-kun!" Yanagi joined in as well…

There was a brief pause but nevertheless…

"And last but not least… me!" Tokiya, had at last, put his hand on the group…

And then after a few seconds, they raised their hands and did a shout…

"Woooohhh!"

-Geez… I know that was stupid but oh well…- Tokiya thought.

Kagero smiled for the umpteenth time today. Yes… They may have never fought for the last 7 years… but she knows what is the obvious thing to do…

She'lll just have to trust them…

Because it was time…

The time where…

Team Hokage makes a comeback!!!

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Yeah… I know that ending was just as lame as the fires of hell…. But anyway, at least for once, I have a finished a chapter after so many… months!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!

OK… don't mind me … ehehe…

So… um… what do you guys think? Am I getting rusty? Was the humor lame? Was the grammar good? I mean, was my spelling of the madougu even correct?

Sorry! Sorry for the so overdue update… I'm so sorry… (bows like crazy like how they do in Japan…)

Well, anyway… The reason I suddenly had the urge to update my fics is because I kinda read some of your reviews. And man, I got so inspired!!!

Thank you for all the reviews!!!!

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Oh well… been a long time since I did this but…

Thanks for reading and…

SAYONARA!!!