A/N: Again, the disclaimer holds true. I do not own Saiyuki or its characters but any additional characters or plot lines belong to me.

I wrote chapters one, two and three together, so that is why I am releasing them in quick succession. I hope to get another one out soon. Let me know how you are liking the progression.

Chapter Two: Broken Resolves

"I can't believe it." Yasumi sat on a barrel with a cigarette in hand in the alleyway beside the restaurant. "Why did it have to be me?" She leaned her head back. "I know why, because I'm the only one who knows the layout of that stupid castle. Because I'm the only one who can get through the barriers. But, I swore to myself I would never go back there."

She heard a noise coming from the streets. The sound was growing louder. It sounds like… A scream broke and Yasumi knew that the noise was feet running through the square toward the restaurant. Great, she thought, they just got here and it begins.

She could see them now standing in front of the dinner. They were yelling for the Sanzo party to come out, and there was something about a scripture.

Shit, she thought, I'm going to have to move again. The pest population has gotten way out of hand.

Suddenly the doors flew open and she could see Goku tackle three demons. The other two had emerged and joined Goku. The sound of a window breaking announced Sanzo's entrance into the fight. Well, they can have fun bashing each others heads in, Yasumi decided as she took another drag from her cigarette. I am not moving from this spot until it's ov...

"Well, well, well. What have we here, a pretty little thing sitting all alone? Would you like some company?"

Yasumi looked the three demons over and took another drag. "Get lost. I don't have time to play with you today."

"Little lady, I don't think you understand. I wasn't giving you the option so…" The demon grabbed Yasumi's arm and flung her toward his companions. Recognizing her smell, the demon ran his hands down the opening of her shirt. "Well boys, it looks like we are in for a treat. We found a little lost lamb. What do you think we should do with her?"

"Well, I have an idea." Yasumi kneed the demon in the crotch. Once he fell, she raised her leg even with her head to kick one of the demons holding her arms. With one hand free, she punched the last one in the head. She burst out of the alleyway right into another demon. "Shit."

A shot rang out from across the road and hit the demon in the head. When he fell she could see Sanzo trying to make his way towards her. She tornado kicked and approaching demon so she could grab Sanzo's outstretched hand.

"Well, I guess your towns not so peaceful anymore."

"It's your fau…" One of the demons lunged at her from inside the alleyway, knocking her to the ground.

Sanzo pointed his gun, but was broad sided by another demon causing him to miss.

The demon grabbed Yasumi by the hair and started to drag her back into the alley. She started to scream, but a kick to the stomach knocked out her breath. The demon smiled as he forced her back to her feet. "I know someone who has been looking for you, witch. We will be rewarded handsomely for you."

This time when the shot was fired, it hit its intended target. Sanzo relived the other two of their lives as well. "Yasumi, are you ok?"

Gasping for breath, Yasumi answered, "No…I'm…not…thank…you…very…much."

Sanzo shook his head, and throw his arm around her. "Come on. You're fine."

By the time they emerged from the alley, all of the demons were dead. Goku grabbed his stomach. "Damn, now I'm hungry again."

Hakkai started to laugh. "Well, you're going to have to wait I'm afraid." He turned to Yasumi, and inquired, "Are you ok. I saw that demon jump you, but…"

She raised her free hand. "I'm fine. Goldie Locks saved me." She patted Sanzo on the face.

His shoulders arched in agitation and his left eye twitched slightly. "Next time, you're on your own."

"Oh, don't be like that. I was giving you credit for saving my life."

Sanzo declared, "You weren't in any danger, so don't play the damsel-in-distress angle" as he pushed her arm back off his shoulders.

"Well, thanks to you four the restaurant and by the looks of it the inn too are complete wrecks. Grab you stuff and you can crash at my place."

"This is a nice place." Gojyo set his bag on the coffee table. "Look at all of this stuff."

"I did some traveling before I settled here. Would anyone care for tea?"

Hakkai raised his hand. "If you don't mind, I would love some."

Goku turned to look at Yasumi from the couch. "If you're making something, would you mind…?"

Gojyo could not believe how beautiful her smile was. "Of course Goku, is there anything in particular you want?"

"Oh no, surprise me."

Yasumi left them to their conversation. Hakkai turned to Sanzo. "Do you think she has reconsidered? This place isn't exactly safe anymore."

Sanzo let out a sigh. "I doubt it. It's going to take something really drastic to get her to change her mind."

"You two seem to know each other well." Ok monk, Gojyo thought, let's see if you broken another sacred vow. Then he changed his mind. I really hope not, because then what kind of shot would that give me?

Sanzo looked Gojyo square in the eyes. "Whatever you're thinking, don't. She's too good for you, and my personal life is none of your business."

The sound of a whistling tea pot announced that Yasumi was coming back. "Ok, here is the tea, and, Goku, I have some meat buns for you."

"Wow, thank you." Goku did not hesitate to dig in, but before he finished his first one, he turned to Yasumi. "Are you sure you're ok? You look like, I dunno, like your dog just ran away or something."

Yasumi waved away Goku's concerns. "No, I'm fine. It's just that your arrival could not have come at a worse time, but I guess you can't help that, can you? No, you can't. More tea?" She tried to hide her disappointment and apprehension but Sanzo's gaze never left her. She finally turned to look into his purple eyes. "I don't want to let you down, but I don't know if I can go back there. I'm not strong enough. That place holds too many memories."

"Look, I understand about baggage, but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't important."

She studied his resolve. She knew him. He wouldn't ask if there was any other way. "Fine, I'll take you, but I'm not going in. Oh, and I'm not fighting. To get you in that fortress, I'm going to need all of my strength."

Sanzo held out his hand. "Deal." With one shake, the Sanzo party gained a new member. "Ok, if you're coming with us, we're going to need to leave early. Only pack what you need, and I mean the bare essentials."

"I packed two weeks ago when I got your message. I told myself that if you really needed me I would be there. Oh, but don't think you're not going to owe me big for this."

"This is great." Goku could not contain his enthusiasm. "I have one question though," all four turned to look at Goku, "can I have some more meat buns?" He held out the now empty plate to Yasumi.

Sanzo whacked him over the head with his fan. "You stupid monkey, can't you ever think of something besides food?"

"I made a whole batch. They're on the oven. Help yourself."

Gojyo watched Goku run into the kitchen. "You shouldn't have told him that. You know what they say about feeding strays. Now he'll never leave you alone." Gojyo's comment got the planned response, she smiled.

"I doubt that. He looks like he has been well fed," Yasumi turned to Hakkai, "I have a feeling it's your doing."

He returned her smile, "I try. I have to say though your cooking was some of the best I've had, but it's not your profession."

She knew that he was making a statement, but she answered him anyway. "No, I'm actually a teacher. Sanzo, don't laugh, I have worked very hard to win those kids over, and that is why your timing could not be worse. They have a play coming up, but I bet they would forgive me if the monk came and explained the situation to them."

"Pass. I'm no good with kids."

Yasumi rolled her eyes. Before she could respond, the clock chimed five o'clock. "Shit, I'm going to be late. There are two guest rooms upstairs and food in the frig. I'll be back by eight." She waved good-bye and headed out the door.

After Yasumi left, Hakkai voiced some of his concerns. "Sanzo, do you think it wise to pull her into all of this. I understand that we need her as a guide, but wouldn't it be easier if she wrote the directions down instead of putting her in harm's way?"

"Trust me Hakkai, that girl can take care of herself."

"What about Kougaiji? If she lived in the castle, it wouldn't surprise me if they knew each other. What I mean is how do we know where her allegiances lie?"

That sound of the door shutting announced Yasumi's return. "I forgot my book. Oh, and you're not going to have to worry about my joining Kougaiji. For all intense and purposes, he wants me dead." With that she was gone again.

"Nice Hakkai." Gojyo stood to follow her. "Real nice." He ran to catch up with her. Grabbing her shoulder to stop her, he said, "Hey, wait up. He didn't mean anything by it."

"I understand why he is a little suspicious. I would be too if I was in his place. Kou and I didn't part on the best of terms, if you know what I mean."

"You mean…you two…dated?" He could not believe his ears. This could actually be worse then her having a thing for Sanzo, but only barely.

"Actually, I was in love him, and you didn't want to know that did you?"

"What?" Gojyo tried to regain his composure. "Why wouldn't I want to know?"

A knowing smile spread across her face. "Look I've got to get to practice. You can come if you want."

"Goku, get away from the window."

"They're leaving together. Humph, Gojyo seems to be behaving himself."

Hakkai lend over Goku to catch a glimpse at the two outside. "How can you tell?"

Goku laughed, "Because they are walking together. If Gojyo had hit on her, he would be face down in the dirt by now."