by mew-tsubaki

Note: This is my first Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne fanfic, so no throttling me. I have yet to see the anime or the end of the manga, so I don't know how it ends, and if it's like the ending, then I sincerely apologize to Jeanne's author, Arina Tanemura-sensei. That reminds me: these characters belong to their creator and are not mine; it's the story line that's mine, okay? By the way, this is also a MaronChiaki, MiyakoMinazuki, & FinAccess fanfic. Also, Shikaido Hijiri still has his demon powers, but he's on the good side now (Maron's team). When you're done reading, please submit a review! I can't count how many times I've asked that of my readers, but the constructive criticism helps. Also, send me your ideas and I'll try to write them up as best I can. If you email me your idea, I'll give you credit and dedicate the fanfic to you, as well. Anyway, please enjoy! P.S.- I have no idea where I'm going with this…(I sort of do…) Also, I'm no good at action stuff, so please excuse the suck-i-ness.

Chapter Four: Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Bare Naked Ladies)

Don't the hours grow shorter as the days go by

We never get to stop and open our eyes

One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall

And next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all

"There's one! Over there!" Finn shouted to Jeanne. Sinbad, Jeanne, Finn, Access, and Shikaido were on the borderline between Kakimachi and Momokuricho. In front of them stood one of the demons, but they could all see one of the others right behind this one, near the trash bins.

Shikaido clicked his tongue. "Too easy."

"Save it for later," Jeanne commented. The blonde leapt into the air and threw a spinning kick at the closer demon, but it blocked her attack. Jeanne landed with a thud. "Damn!"

"Watch yourself, Jeanne!" Finn squeaked, but the monster was too quick for her.

Lovers in a dangerous time

Lovers in a dangerous time

This is it! Jeanne thought as she squinted her eyes shut, a drop of sweat climbing down her face.


Jeanne looked up, half-expecting to find Sinbad guarding her, but it was surprisingly Shikaido. "Move out from under me any time you like, Jeanne," he said sarcastically. The little female kaito moved quickly from out underneath him and he fell to his knees fending off the demon. Shit, he thought, I may not be able to take care of this one.

Scared for once, Jeanne looked all around her, but noticed that there were probably no likely places for a painting in that area. How are these monsters so strong! she thought.

Just then, Sinbad was flung into one of the trash bins nearby, where the other demon was.

These fragile bodies of touch and taste

This fragrant skin this hair like lace

Spirits open to a thrust of grace

Never a breath you can afford to waste

"Sinbad!" Jeanne's eyes flashed with horror as Sinbad did not respond, or move. She was about to call forth for her baton, when Access held her wrist. "Access! I've got to help him!"

Lovers in a dangerous time

Lovers in a dangerous time

The dark angel shook his head. "These demons are different! These aren't anything at all like the previous demons we've fought!"

Lovers in a dangerous time

Lovers in a dangerous time

"What! All we have to do is get their painting and-"

When you're lovers in a dangerous time

Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime

Nothing worth having comes without some sort of fine

Gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight

Access shook his head again. "These ones are different!" He pulled harder on Jeanne's wrist and she complied. She ran back to where Shikaido was, helped him up, and ran back home with Shikaido on her shoulder and Finn and Access behind, letting the demons take Sinbad.

Lovers in a dangerous time

Lovers in a dangerous time

Maron slammed the door to Shikaido's apartment closed when she had just about fallen on the floor inside. And then the tears came out again. "I can't believe this! This is the first time I've ever ran away from a fight! And I-!" She choked on the thought.

Shikaido resumed his civilian form and put an arm around Maron's shoulders. "Maron, calm down. We'll get him. I hope…"

Now her sobbing stopped. "What do you mean, you hope? What aren't you telling me!"

Access and Finn flew over to the two. "Maron," Access began, "the demons we fought didn't have paintings…"

"How do you know!"

"They were the solid type, not just the general ones that are a shadow and crawl all over the place. These were real demons, but that's not all." Both Maron's and Finn's shocked eyes were on him. "These were high-up demons, ones who answer to Satan only." Access looked at Shikaido. "You noticed it, too, didn't you?"

Maron faced Shikaido again and he hung his head. "Yeah, I kinda knew we wouldn't be able to defeat them… I remember those demons from when I was answering only to Satan. Even then, I couldn't fight against them."

"But," Maron thought aloud, "why are the strongest demons coming out now?"

"I doubt it's because they want to," Shikaido said. "My guess is that we're fighting against Satan now. This'll be the fight that determines everything. If he's able to wipe you out, he can complete his mission of killing everything living and, eventually, God."

Lovers in a dangerous time

Lovers in a dangerous time

Maron stopped breathing for a second. She highly doubted that she could ever give this enough time to sink in: they were fighting against Satan and Chiaki was in his hands!

We were lovers in a dangerous time

We were lovers in a dangerous time

"Maron, you going to bed?"

Maron wrapped the blanket around her more tightly as she remained in dreamland, not that she was asleep, but she had never really left her thoughts earlier.

"Maron?" Shikaido call again. He came out of the bathroom with his toothbrush still in his mouth. "Maron…?" She must be pretty upset about leaving a comrade behind, Hijiri thought.

"Don't you have a complete set of pajamas?" she finally said.

"Huh?" He looked down at himself and noticed what she was so uncomfortable about: he was only wearing long, white flannel sweatpants and slippers. "These are my pajamas," he said, taking the toothbrush out of mouth.

"Just put any shirt on!" Maron shut her eyes and turned away from him when she felt his arms slip around her shoulders. She crimsoned from head to toe!

"You know, Maron, you'll have to get used to the sight of a half-naked guy if you're ever gonna have a relationship." He smiled. "So why not start now?"

"Fuck you."

"Yes, please," he teased. Shikaido turn Maron's head by her chin so they were looking in each other's eyes. "And that's another thing, Maron. I love your kisses, but I'm starting to get impatient, waiting for the rest…"

"You've gotta be kidding me…! Finn! Access!" Maron faked a smile as she hoped at least one of the angels would put a stop to Hijiri's advancements.

The demon knight hovered his lips near hers. "They're already fast asleep, Maron. Which leaves just you and me…" Even though she turned away from him, he caught her in another one of his hypnotizing kisses. Shikaido leaned further over her until he was almost pressing her down on the floor. Slowly, he removed the blanket (the only thing keeping their bodies really apart) and tossed it aside, leaving one little female kaito to succumb to his moves.

"Shikaido-!" Maron managed to say between French kisses, but then another one followed. What the hell are we doing…? …Chiaki… Maron could fell her eyelids get heavy, and, soon, her eyes were closed.

Sensing that she had stopped fighting, Shikaido rolled her over and looked at her with a dumbfounded expression. Goddamn! he thought. This is the first time I've ever put a girl to sleep! Like the gentleman he really was, Shikaido fetched the blanket and covered Maron up. "That's so sad," he commented to himself. "Just when things were getting good, too…"

Maron twitched a little. "Chiaki…," she mumbled.

Shikaido exasperatedly sighed. "Oh, well. I knew it was too good to be true. I had kinda figured that I was her second choice, anyway…" He smiled at Maron and cuddled her. I will protect you when I can, Maron… He kissed her forehead and soon drifted into sleep, too.

"Umn…good morning," Maron said, groggy like everyone else is in the morning. She snuggled closer before she realized who she was holding. "KYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

Shikaido softly grunted. "Keep it down, will ya?" Just then, he, too, opened his eyes all the way. "Wait! Just so you know, I didn't take advantage of you or anything. We just-" He was cut off as a pillow collided with his face. "Maron…"

"Get away from me, you sleazebag!" she shouted at him. Maron stood, wrapped the blanket more tightly around her, and looked for any signs of them really doing it. "It looks clean…" She shot him a nasty glare.

"See? I wasn't lying! I would never take advantage of a beautiful, sleeping maiden such as yourself, Maron." He added his trademark smile as insurance, but then it fell flat. "Especially when I'm not the one she really loves, when I'm just her fall-back plan."

Well, that hurt. "Shikaido, I-"

"Nah, it's okay. I'm pretty happy that I was even your second choice." Shikaido stood and went into his room to get changed.

Maron anxiously bit her lower lip. I didn't want to hurt him like that… Maron flushed. He said he was my fall-back plan, which means he thinks I'm still in love with Chiaki. And I am! But I love both of them! And yet… Maron smiled as she thought of the first time she had received a note in her mailbox from Chiaki. …Shikaido may have been right and I may have been wrong. The brunette's brow furrowed. But he's in Satan's hands now… She gripped her fist as she confidently stared at the landscape out the window. "And now we make a plan to save him!"

mew-tsubaki here. I didn't really mean for this to be such a short chapter, but it's what I felt like putting in this one. I know I do a lot with the characters feeling and not much by way of description (if you catch my drift…), but that's my specialty. Please, I know I say this a lot, but review when you're done reading. If I don't get a lot of reviews, I may not feel like writing, and my readers wouldn't want that to happen (I hope…). Anyway, thank you for reading, submitting a review, and looking forward to future chapters. By the way, I'm sorry if this moves to fast for you! Laterz mew-tsubaki - 3 P.S.-I know I mentioned Maron's birthday would happen in this chapter, but I never wrote in. That's because so many things were happening that there really wasn't anything to celebrate. But! Maron is nineteen now, so here's how things stand: Shikaido-22, Chiaki and Maron-19, and Miyako and Minazuki-18.

NEW NOTICE! As I am writing this new notice, it is August 17, 2006, and I have not touched this chapter (whole fanfic, really) in a while. As many of you may know, Jeanne vol. 4 is out. I recently purchased it a few weeks ago and, while it is amazing what is going on, it completely throws my fanfiction off, seeing as how I knew very little about the characters' histories when I started this story (I had volumes 1, 2, & 3 when I started out). I am sorry to all of you who may have gotten extremely confused; you have my deepest and sincerest apologies. But! This doesn't mean that I won't finish the fanfic. Starting now, think of the original Jeanne storyline happening like this so my fanfic works: Fin never became Queen (her evil self), Maron and Chiaki did end up together, but Shikaido has come to love Maron as Maron, not Jeanne anymore. Last, but not least- everyone still has their powers; Miyako and Minazuki still don't know about Jeanne, Sinbad, and Noin's real forms; and the reason why Shikaido's such a young teacher is because he was a real whiz-kid and graduated college at a very young age (if you would like an exact age, think between sixteen and seventeen.) Sorry for all the screw-up, but I hope you still enjoy the story all the same!

mew-tsubaki ;