Alright, Chapter four is up!! Please read and review, everyone!! I really wanna know what you think!
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Kurama quickly brought Yusuke and Kuwabara up to date, and they were just as baffled as he was. When Chantelle walked into the classroom with Kristi at her side, they stiffened, but were both relieved and a little confused when she simply greeted them with a happy smile as if nothing untoward had happened to her that morning... as if she didn't know anything unusual about them.
Kristi was acting similarily, only in her shyer manner, indicating that her friend had mentioned nothing to her about the demons she had encountered thus far.
They studied and ate lunch together again that day, the boys resisting the urge to ask questions of the girls, knowing they'd get their answers much easier by simply going to see Koenma after classes were over.
After Botan dropped them off in the throne room and they saw Koenma desperately signing and stamping papers behind his desk, they couldn't help but smile. He was more than a little irked that they had come to bother him when he was so busy, but Kurama assured him that their business was important and that they would make it as brief as they could.
"Two girls just moved to Japan from Canada and started attending our school," Kurama said. "One of them has some degree of reiki within her and a strong psychic sense. Her psychic sense is powerful enough that Hiei's Jagen eye was not able to penetrate into her mind. She used her abilities on several occasions in the school, once tipping over a chair with a local bully seated on it, and another time using some form of telekinetics to injure one of the teachers in the school. And she knew without being told that Hiei and myself are demons."
THAT got Koenma's attention. He placed the paper he was currently signing aside and looked at the four of them in deep interest now. "Really? And what did you say this girl's name was?"
Kurama nodded. "Chantelle O'Learry."
The infant looked strained for a moment. "Chantelle O'Learry... Chantelle O'Learry... I KNOW that name from somewhere..." He concentrated hard for a moment and a large book appeared on the desk in front of him. He opened it up and started leafing through the pages. Then his eyes caught a passage and he blinked. "SHE MOVED FROM CANADA TO JAPAN?!" He grinned immediately. "Excellent! This is absolutely wonderful!!"
The four of them exchanged dumbfounded looks now. "What is? What's going on, Toddler?" Yusuke asked.
Koenma ignored the 'toddler' remark for the time being, too happy at the moment to care. "You have no cause for concern, trust me. I've actually had my eye on that girl as a candidate to become a Spirit Detective for a couple of years now. I never bothered her because she had her hands full with helping her family and her friends."
"But WHAT is she?" Hiei demanded. "How is it that she came across her abilities?"
He blinked. "She is a Wayfarer... or to be more precise, a witch. She uses reiki energy in a much different way than you're used to, which is probably why you've been having problems understanding her. She is a highly intelligent and very talented young woman. She is able to use, not only her own energy, but call energy from the earth, Otherworld, and even Makai itself to cast her spells. That, combined with her knowledge of the martial arts would make her a powerful asset to your team."
Yusuke's eyes went wide. "You... want her to join up with us?"
He nodded. "Of course. I didn't have a clue that she had moved to Japan, though. That girl does have a rather spontaneous personality and a penchant for making snap decisions. I suppose her family situation must be well in hand if she has done such a thing."
The four of them exchanged a few looks again, and then Kurama looked at him. "And what about Kristi Stuart, her friend?"
Koenma blinked and leafed through his book once more. Once he found the passage he was looking for, he shook his head. "She has some sixth sense to her, but she's never attempted to develop it. She met Chantelle in her school back in Canada, and considers her to be her only true friend at the moment... due to the effort that she put in to get Kristi out of a rather..." he rubbed the back of his head. "... abusive relationship with her family. Particularily her father."
Kurama's eyes narrowed somewhat. "What else do you know about her, Koenma?"
He shrugged. "She's a very sensitive and softspoken girl, for the most part. She's got a completely clean slate in the behavoral department, and although she is a little naive, it is only due to the treatment she received at her home in Canada." He cleared his throat. "Now, getting back to Chantelle... I want you boys to bring her here to meet with me. I wish to speak with her, if I could."
Hiei looked at him cooly. "I'm wondering why she's so complacent with the fact that she's met two demons, and isn't making any comments about Yusuke or Kuwabara's energy."
The toddler shrugged again. "If I were to hazard a guess, I would say it's because she's been craving friendship with others who are similar to her... powerwise, that is. And now that she has met the four of you, she doesn't want to risk losing that companionship just because of a few questions. She knows OF demons, but not much of their temperment or of their ways themselves. Demons rarely roam Canada. There's not much there that's of interest to them. And there aren't many people there that have training in the workings of reiki or magickal energy. It's only natural for her to be drawn to the four of you if you keep that in mind."
Kurama nodded. "I suppose that does make sense. Very well, then. We will speak with Chantelle. I think it's time for one of us to break the ice, and it may as well be us. We will see if we can persuade her to come with us to meet you."
Chantelle and Kristi were in their apartment, Kristi cooking in the kitchen, while Chantelle was in her bedroom, working on her homework. The girl was currently working on her math, tapping her pencil against her temple as she worked on a question, a cigarette held between the index and middle fingers of her right hand, positioned over the ashtray in case a hot ash should fall. To keep Kristi from complaining about the smell of it, she had her window wide open, letting in the fresh, late afternoon air.
She blinked, her concentration breaking when she felt a now familiar presence appear right behind where she was seated at her desk. Normally, she would have been annoyed, but she had to grin. She just liked something about the pint-sized demon stalker.
"You know, it's more traditional to knock before you enter a ladies bedroom," she said teasingly, closing her textbook and swiveling her chair around so she faced Hiei.
The demon's face was serious as always, his intense red eyes squarely on her. "Kurama, Yusuke, and Kuwabara should be here in just a few minutes. We need to talk."
Her teasing manner dropped immediately as her expression also became serious. She took a drag off her cigarette before putting it out in her ashtray. "About what, exactly?"
He allowed a smirk to come to his face. "You'll find that out when they get here. But to bring you up to date, so you can introduce us to Kristi properly, I'll give you this information... I'm a fire demon, and Kurama is a Kitsune... or a fox demon."
Kristi paused in her food preparation when the knock came at the door. Blinking a little curiously, she answered it and had to smile when she saw Suichi, Yusuke and Kuwabara standing there, friendly smiles on their faces.
"Hey guys! You're just in time! Supper'll be ready in a few minutes if you want anything. I think I made too much for just me and Chantelle. You interested?"
Suichi gave her his classic smile. "I'm afraid we must decline your generous offer, Kristi. We were hoping to talk to Chantelle."
She smiled. "Okay. I'll just go get her." She stepped aside and let them in as she approached her friends room. Not bothering to knock, knowing her friend was merely working on her homework, she simply opened the door and stuck her head in. "Chantelle, Suichi, Yusuke and Kuwabara are here and they..." Her jaw dropped when she spotted the man in the room with her friend and her eyes went huge. "WHAT THE HELL?! How did HE get in here without me seeing?! We're on the eighth floor!!!"
While Hiei looked at Kristi clooly with his crimson eyes, Chantelle just smiled at her friend. "I suppose I should have told you before, but I was worried you were gonna freak out. Kristi, this is Hiei. I met him this morning while I was on my morning run. He's a fire demon."
Kristi blinked slowly as she looked at the small demon, whose gaze was on her unwaveringly. She felt a chill go down her spine as her friends words slowly sank in. "Fire... demon...?"
Chantelle grinned and got to her feet. "Chill out, Kristi. Not all demons are evil, and do you honestly think I'd let one in my room if he was malevolent? Besides, he's friends with Suichi, Yusuke and Kuwabara. I should probably tell you this now... Suichi's actually a kitsune, or fox demon, named Kurama, and Yusuke's a half demon."
Kristi's eyes went huge. "Suichi's a kitsune?!"
She felt a hand on her shoulder and jumped slightly. Looking up, she saw the gentle green eyes of Suichi as he smiled down at her. "Yes, I am. My full name is Youko Kurama. I entered Suichi when he was yet to be born, to escape from demon hunters in Makai. I have since reformed from my old ways, and you have nothing to fear from me."
Kristi blinked slowly and slowly nodded.
Kurama looked at Chantelle then. "Chantelle... we need to speak with you."
The girl shrugged. "Sure. Let's get to the living room."
The six teens made their way into the living room, and each sat down. Kristi made a quick trip into the kitchen to turn off the stove so the food didn't burn. She wasn't about to miss a word of THIS conversation!
She took a seat on the chesterfield beside Kuwabara, and cast half a glance around. Chantelle was seated between Kuwabara and Yusuke on the chesterfield, Suichi... or Kurama as the case may be, was seated in the armchair across from them beside the TV, and the fire demon- she thought for a minute, trying to remember his name- Hiei. Hiei was sitting on a hard backed chair, his arms crossed as he sat looking squarely at Chantelle with his creepy red eyes.
Chantelle smiled at them. "So, what brings you boys here?"
Kurama returned her smile. "I suppose there is no point in dodging these matters any further. You are aware of what we are, and we are now aware of what YOU are."
She didn't look surprised, but she WAS curious. "And how did you come across THAT particular information, if I may ask?"
Yusuke grinned. "Our boss, Koenma told us. He's the one who sends us out on our missions. We weren't sure what to make of you, so we went to him and he told us when we asked."
Chantelle looked curious now. "I'm sorry. KOenma? You're talking about King Enma, right?"
Kurama shook his head. "No. King Enma is Koenma's father. He runs the Spirit World while his father is away. He is the one we primarily work for."
Kristi blinked slowly. "Okay, I'm officially lost. Spirit World?"
Chantelle turned to her friend. "Kristi, there are three different worlds. Human, which we are in right now, Spirit, which these guys obviously just came from, and the Demon world, also called Makai, which Kurama and Hiei are from originially. The Spirit World acts sort of as an intermediary between the two worlds, from what I can gather."
Kurama nodded. "That's correct. And our jobs usually entail putting a stop to problems in either of the other worlds... Human or Demon. We are called Spirit Detectives, although the title is unofficial for myself and Hiei since the Spirit world is not supposed to employ demons."
Kristi blinked and then nodded. "Okay..."
Chantelle looked at them. "So this Koenma told you that I'm a witch, did he?"
He nodded again. "Yes. And he also explained to us that you are not deemed to be a threat of any sort. So you have no need to worry about a confrontation with us."
She smirked. "Good to know. But, that doesn't explain WHY you're here. It couldn't be just to tell me this."
Yusuke grinned and leaned back on the chesterfield. "You're right. We're here because Koenma wants to see you himself. He wanted to see if we could persuade you to come with us to Spirit World to meet up with him."
She blinked. "He wants to see ME? Why?"
Kuwabara grinned along with Yusuke. "Don't worry. You ain't in trouble or nothin' like that. He just wants to ask you something."
Suichi smiled at her. "So what do you say? Are you up for a trip to Spirit World? Kristi may come as well, since she is already aware of what is going on."
Chantelle thought about it for a minute, and then a grin came to her face. "I'm game. A free trip to the Otherworld is definitely worth it. And meeting the son of King Enma? I'm SO there!" She grinned at Kristi. "What do you say, Kiddo?"
The blonde girl blinked a minute, still trying to absorbe everything that had been said and figure out exactly what was going on. Then she sighed. "I may as well go along for the ride."
Yusuke grinned. "Perfect! I'll get ahold of Botan then." He reached into a pocket and pulled out a small handheld mirror. Kurama explained to Chantelle and Kristi that the mirror was a communications device issued by Koenma to Yusuke so he could contact his assistant, Botan, who happened to be one of the reapers for Spirit World... and who was also one of Koenma's most valued servants.
A few minutes later, a blue haired woman sitting on a floating oar popped into their living room, almost giving Kristi a heart attack. She smiled at them.
"Hello, Chantelle. And this must be your friend, Kristi. I'm Botan, a grim reaper. I'll be your transportation." She opened a portal in the middle of the living room. "The way's all clear!"
Kristi could only stare in total shock, both at the girl who had appeared seemingly out of nowhere and at the portal she had just created for them. She was snapped out of her shock when Chantelle took a hold of her hand and lead her through the portal, behind Yusuke and Hiei. Kuwabara, Kurama and the reaper, Botan, were right behind the two girls as they went through.
When they reached the other side of the portal, the girls found themselves in an extravagent palace, in a large spacious room. At the far end of the room, they saw a desk with a chair. The girls had to do a double take when they saw what looked like a baby, no more than a year old, seated on the chair, looking at them with wide eyes, a pacifier stuck securely in his mouth.
But when he started to speak, their eyes went huge and their hands immediately flew to their mouths. The baby's mouth formed an immediate smile. "Ah!! You brought her!! And her friend as well, it seems! Chantelle, Kristi! It is a pleasure to meet you both."
"KAWAIIII!!!!!" Kristi gushed immediately, her eyes shining and her face turning bright red.
Chantelle, while trying to keep herself composed, was not being very successful. "Um... Kristi? I don't think that baby's human. I sense spirit energy coming from him..." she said, trying to keep her lips from gushing much like her friend was.
Yusuke grinned at the two girls. "Chantelle, Kristi... this is Koenma. Our boss, the Prince of Rekai, and the second in command to the Spirit World."
Hearing this, Kristi immediately turned white and her mouth clamped shut, while Chantelle stared and an instant later, was struggling to hold back her laughter.
"You mean... you guys... take orders from a toddler?" After struggling with her laughter for a few seconds, she managed to compose herself. "I'm sorry, Koenma. I can't really help it. I wasn't expecting you to look so... YOUNG is all. And with the fact that you can actually TALK..."
The infant sighed, taking in the grins from Yusuke and Kuwabara, the amused smile from Kurama, and the smirk from Hiei. "No apology is necessary. I'm quite used to it by now."
She fully composed herself. "Now then. These boys tell me that you wanted to speak to me? About what exactly?"
"Right. Of course." To the growing shock of the two girls, he lifted up off his throne and floated up to the shorter of the two girls. "I have been aware of your capabilities for a while now, and I would like to offer you a position as a Spirit Detective."
She blinked in surprise. "You mean... working with them?" she asked, indicating the four boys who were standing off to the side.
He nodded. "Precisely. With your knowledge and the unique abilities that you were able to develop with your craft, as well as your ability to fight hand to hand combat, you would be a powerful asset to the team."
Chantelle blinked a few minutes, letting the request sink in, and then remembered some of what Kurama had told her of their duties and what they entailed. Then she smiled. "Koenma... I am flattered that you would ask me to join with your team as a Spirit Detective, but I have to decline your offer."
Their eyes all went wide. "WHAT?!" they said, shocked.
She shrugged. "Sorry, guys. But I don't like taking part in large scale operations. Unless it directly involves me or unless it is absolutely necessary, I try to stay out of them. My forte is just trying to make my own life work and taking care of the occassional asshole that comes my way. I have no interest in taking down massive demonic or human organizations that are illegal by Otherworld standards. I have my own personal moral code, and that's what I live by." She turned to a stunned Botan, who had been standing off to the side. "I'm sorry you made this trip for nothing, Miss. But would it be possible for you to transport me and my friend back to our home? We have schoolwork to take care of, and I'm sure Kristi wants to finish cooking dinner before it goes bad on us."
Kristi looked deeply relieved to hear her friends decision. "Thank you, Chantelle. No offense, but I don't like the thought of you putting your life on the line fighting demons," she said quietly as Botan started leading the two of them to the back of the room where she could safely open her portal to their home.
Koenma sighed, obviously disappointed. "Oh, well. It was worth a shot, I suppose." But then, to the surprise of the Spirit Detectives, he got a crafty smile on his face. "I guess this means you boys might stand a chance of getting a raise."
The taller of the two girls was suddenly aware that her friend was no longer walking beside her. Feeling a sinking sensation in her stomach, she turned and gasped when she saw her friend had stopped in her tracks, a smile forming on her face.
She yelped, realizing just what it was that Koenma had said and knowing what was running through her friends head. "Chantelle!! Don't do it!!!"
Before she could reach her friend and plead for her to listen to reason, Chantelle was beside the infant, much to the growing shock of the Spirit Detectives. Koenma still had his crafty smile in place.
"Raise?" Chantelle asked. "You mean... Spirit Detectives are paid through normal channels?"
He nodded. "That is correct. It wasn't always like that, but after deliberating on the matter, I decided it would be for the best. After all, they do have a life on Earth as well, and the missions quite often interfere with their normal routines, making it difficult for them to hold down a good job down there for long."
The girl was grinning from ear to ear now. "And... how much do they get paid? Is their pay based on the danger involved in each particular mission, or is the same for each one?"
"The pay is generally the same for each mission. And the pay is 500 000 yen... per mission."
Kristi's eyes went huge and she knew in that instant that she had lost any chance she might have had of talking any sense into her friend.
Chantelle's eyes went enormous as well, and a smile came to her face immediately. "Hot DAMN!!! Why didn't you just say so?! You've got yourself a new recruit!! Just call me Chantelle O'Learry, Spirit Detective!" She said happily, thrusting out her hand.
The infant smiled just as broadly and shook it. "Welcome on board!!"
Kristi's eyes were huge and her jaw was half to the floor, while the Spirit Detectives just blinked slowly.
"Um... what... just happened?" Kuwabara asked.
Yusuke shook his head. "I don't have a clue. One second she's got no interest, and then next..."
Kristi moaned. "That dirty, rotton little...! He knew her weakness and he totally played on it! That's not fair!!!"
Hiei looked at her. "Weakness?"
The blonde girl sighed. "Money. Chantelle's family's poor and so she's the kinda girl who'd do ANYTHING to get her hands on some. She's a total money grubber."
Chantelle was beside her friend in an instant. "Don't be so down, Kristi! This is cause for celebration! After a few missions, we'll have more than enough money to get us a down payment on a house and some new furniture! Not to mention I can set some aside for our post secondary education, and send some home to help my family out! Morris and Crystal still live in that crappy low income townhome, Laura and Brad have been fighting for years to get rid of Brad's loan from NAIT, Mom and Dad have medical expenses, as well as normal bills to pay..."
She moaned even louder. "Okay! I get it! We'll have money to go around, but I still don't think it's worth you putting your life on the line for it!"
She seemed totally unconcerned. "Nothing's going to happen, Kristi. I can handle a few demons, trust me. You don't know the half of what I'm capable of."
Koenma smiled at her. "Alright then. When I have a mission for you, one of the boys or Botan will bring the assignment to you."
She nodded, a grin on her face. "Sounds good!" Then she turned to Botan again, a pleasant smile on her face. "Sorry, I got distracted. Would you mind teleporting me and Kristi home now?"
After a few seconds of stunned silence, Yusuke started roaring with laughter. "Aw, MAN!! I LOVE this chick!! She's totally awesome!!"
Kurama smiled at Botan. "If Koenma has nothing further to discuss with us, would you mind teleporting the four of us to Chantelle and Kristi's apartment as well, Botan? We can simply return home from there."
The reaper smiled. "Of course." She looked at Koenma. "Is there anything else you need to discuss with them, Sir?"
The infant shook his head immediately. "Nope. That was all. They are free to go until an assignment comes up for them to take care of. You may bring them back to Earth now, Botan."
Nodding, the reaper opened up another portal and stepped aside, signaling the others to step into it. Chantelle took Kristi's hand and marched through as if she had done it a million times before, not even a tinge of fear in her expression. She was closely followed by Hiei, Kurama, Yusuke and finally, Kuwabara.
When the six of them were standing in the living room once more, the portal closed behind them. Kurama smiled at the girls a little sheepishly.
"Well, I suppose we should be headed out now."
Yusuke nodded. "Yeah. Hey, Chantelle! I look forward to working with you!" he said, a huge grin on his face as he gave her a nod and stepped out of the apartment.
Hiei simply vanished, and they all guessed that he had exited through Chantelle's bedroom window.
Kurama and Kuwabara gave the girls smiles and waves, telling them they'd see them in school tomorrow, before they walked out the door themselves and were gone.
Alright!! There's chapter four! Please, everyone!! R&R!!!