Disclaimer: I do not own any part of Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro. No profit has been made off of this story. The story and the anime all belong to the talented mangaka Matsuei Yuusei.

Oh dear god, I apologize profusely to my readers who have been waiting ages for this chapter to come out. I have kept you all waiting so long that I wouldn't be surprised if most of you have forgotten about this story and moved on. (and I wouldn't blame you) My deepest apologies. A mix of university and writers block were the key perpetrators for the long unforeseen wait. I actually started on this chapter pretty much right after the last one but haven't been able to finish it till now.

I do thank you kindly for all the kind reviews that I've received. They were truly encouraging and did ( eventually) managed to get me off writer's block. With the summer coming, I do expect myself to update more often and possibly finish up that M fic of mined.

Also, as a treat for waiting patiently so long, I'll let the readers on a little tidbit. I've already pretty much finished planning the story for Dominance. The end is far away ... but still foreseeable. There will be a lot more laughs, tears, drama, violence and pure good ol wickedness to come before the end.

But worry not, I DO plan on writing a sequel for Dominance. Totally different storyline. Will possibly be AU ( seeing how the current MTNN storyline is going). It will probably be a lot of fun to write. I have already started on the first chapter of it ( a byproduct of my crazy eagerness ). I won't tell you much except that the main setting for the story will be Neuro's hometown. :) Oh the things to look forward to.

Now, without further ado, .... ON TO THE MAIN STORY!


Neuro blinked.

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This surely wasn't the reaction he was expecting from the wood louse after 24 hours of a self induced coma. When had she become so rebellious? Did intense pain really caused humans to become delusional? He let the thought of lengthening her hospital stay and putting her into the critical ward again waft across his mind for a few seconds before dismissing it. Hurting her right now would only make his life more problematic. He needed the maggot to be on her feet again as soon as possible if he wanted to dine on this world's countless delectable mysteries. Neuro almost sighed in annoyance. Yako is a necessary tool and a crucial part in his plans . The demon actually needed her-even if it was only to deliver one line and to smile in front of the cameras. As ridiculous and foreign as the thought was to Neuro, he had to admit that without her ability to gauge the opponent's behavior, abilities and mind, solving puzzles was becoming increasingly difficult, especially on high profile cases. Punishment can wait until after the rag has recovered completely. He would take his sweet time then to remind her to never ever talk back to her master.

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So how exactly do you get back at a disobedient slave that you can't touch?

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Easy, attack them where it hurts-verbally.

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"You have to eat through tubes." The demon jeered, completely ignoring Yako's previous statement.

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Yako narrowed her eyes at Neuro and attempted to impale crosses into him with her glare. How dare he! This was all his friggin' fault to begin with.

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"Fuck you." She growled. If she could, she would have thrown a bucket of holy water on his ego bloated head. Maybe he'll react to it just like how the Wicked Witch of the West reacted to water. She could just imagine his deep voice going decibels higher, screeching all the way till he's reduced to nothing but a puddle of demon crap that he was so obviously made of. Too bad, she didn't have a bucket within her reach.

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So what do you do when others are jabbing at you where it hurts?

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You egg them on by bullshitting them,of course.

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"You're going to wish that you never uttered those words when I get through with you." Yako snarled , looking as menacing as she possibly could with tubes stuck all over her body, pale to the point you could mistake her for a dead person and physically weakened to the point she could barely move her body.

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Let's not forget as well, things aren't always as easy when the person you're bullshitting is a demon- a demon with a finely tuned bullshit detector much less. Not to mention, he's pedestals above you in both intelligence and strength.

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Damn.

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The demon only snickered in amusement. It was pathetic really, the wood louse's attempt at defiance. He had been threatened by the worst of mankind. All of whom, couldn't leave so much as a mark on his body even when armed with impressive weaponry of every kind. So what can a sickly wounded girl do?

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-Absolutely nothing that's what.

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"Is that so dishrag? Care to enlighten me on how you'll 'get through with me'?", Neuro leered, leaning down so that he was at eye level with Yako. He took out his claws and placed them almost tenderly on the tube that was administrating her painkiller.

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Shoot, how was she going to bullshit her way out of this one? Panic rose in the girls throat as she tried to pull something from her mind that will actually force the demon to take her seriously. It wasn't helping her nerves that his claws look oh so sharp on the fragile plastic tube that was keeping her in the realm of sanity and slight wooziness at the moment.

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Her brain was near the point of shutting down when a light bulb suddenly went off in her head. Mentally breathing a sigh of relief, the girl turned her attention back to her demented boss and not too gently warned him :

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"I'll take my hands off that tube if I were you buster." Yako growled, throwing an onigiri that she had found on her bedside table in the monster's general direction as she did so. ( It missed by a lot, but hey, it was a miracle that she could even move her arm in the first place. Much less, with enough force to throw food.) On second thought, how did onigiris get on her bedside table? She couldn't eat, that much she knew from Neuro's non too gentle remark. So who was it for?

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Nevermind that girl, concentrate on the task at hand: Operation Kick Neuro's Ass. Yako's brain reminded her.

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Right, there were more pressing issues to deal with here- such as a demon who was about to meet his maker.

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Yako's blatant provocation caused Neuro's eyes to widen slightly in surprise. What in the world had the wood louse come up with this time? Surely she wasn't idiotic enough to think that, being retarded and weak as she was, she could defeat a great and powerful demon from the underworld did she? He was a man who has endured and conquered the hellfire of the underworld. Not only that, he had eaten all of hell's mysteries. If the maggot thought that she could best him, then she had truly reached a level of unparalleled stupidity.

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Neuro did a double take as an onigiri whizzed past him-several centimeters away but whizzed past him nonetheless. The slave had the audacity to throw something at her own master!

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He threw a furious glance at her-the kind that would make even the most hardened of criminals break into tears- only to find himself taken back by the expression on his slave's face.

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The woodlouse was smirking at him smugly as if she had already been deemed the victor. Confidence and a slight hint of maliciousness glinted in her eyes in a way that reminded Neuro much of himself.

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Despite his better sense of judgment, Neuro observed the girl warily. Maybe the poison had infiltrated her brain and he had better be on his guard for anything blindly stupid that she might throw at him.

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"I'll starve you to death."

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Oh hell no.

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Now, even for a demon as fair and thoughtful as he was, there was no way that Neuro would let such a threat just slip by. It bordered dangerously on something the little whelp could succeed in. He was furious, no, enraged, that his underling would even dare make such a suggestion. It was unheard of. He would be the laughingstock of the underworld if other demons found out that he complied to even one of his slave's wishes. If the brat thought that he would listen to her, she was deadly wrong. Fire burnt in Neuro's eyes as hundreds of torture scenes flashed through his mind. He'll teach her never to be insolent again! He took a purposeful step towards Yako with murder written in his eyes.

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For a moment, Yako wondered if she had just welcomed death with open arms.

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Before further damage could be dealt though, Nurse Shelly chose at that moment to enter the room. The nurse stopped in her tracks as soon as she lifted her eyes up from her clipboard. The scene that greeted her eyes was most peculiar-one unconscious and drooling Shinobu- san on the floor, a stray onigiri laying just a few feet away from her, a quite murderous looking assistant, and an equally livid and conscious Yako-chan.

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A moment of tense and awkward silence ensued as the three conscious individuals observed each other warily.

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Nurse Shelly coughed. "Yako- chan, I'm glad to see that you have woken up. I'll notify the doctors to check up on you right away. Nougami-san, I would have to ask you to leave . Yako chan will need to go under rigorous exams now that she's awake. Should I check in Shinobu san to the hospital as well? He seems to be most....unwell."

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....And that is how Yako managed to cheat death- once again.

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I know it's a bit shorther than the other chapters but this chapter is serving more of a bridge than anything else. It was great fun to write. Ah, revenge is sweet. And for those of you who haven't had enough of Yako owning Neuro, don't worry- you'll be seeing a lot more of it.

Again, please review! I appreciate them very much and need feedback for future chapters. Any suggestions, ideas, comments are welcome. Please don't hesitate to provide your input. I would love to hear how you wish the story to go. Cheers! Until the next chapter!