AN: my first YYH fic, and it only took me about a month to write. anyways, i don't own the characters, the song, or even some of the content of this story. i have to give props to Blossomwitch, because it was her story, Define Mercy, that gave me the idea for this one. please check it out!


Hiei tested his bonds. Loose.

"Heh, typical." He muttered. It appeared that his captors had severely underestimated him. Well, it just meant that he could destroy them that much sooner. And that he could now get out of here. He'd been there long enough to get the information that the Brat had wanted, and he was fed up with playing the captive.

As he worked on his bonds, he thought about how he'd gotten trapped into doing this. Koenma had been prattling on about how there were rumours about a large group of demons that were planning to storm the Ningenkai, but there was no proof, and that they had a general idea of where this group was supposed to be, and on and on.

'Ah, yes. That's how he got me.' Hiei thought wryly. 'He wouldn't shut up.'

Hiei had finally gotten fed up, and foolishly said he'd look into the matter if it meant that Koenma would just shut up. He'd received a wide-eyed stare, and an immediate acceptance of his offer.

Hiei released a low growl. He had the aggravating feeling that the Brat had planned the whole thing, knowing that Hiei hated it when people started babbling, and that eventually Hiei would storm out of the room, lash out at whoever was babbling, or give in, if just to gain some quiet.

Still, as he had given his word, Hiei had indeed looked into the matter, and discovered that the situation was worse than the Underworld had thought. Via the small, hidden communicator, he'd notified the Underworld, and thus, his comrades, about the three thousand or so demons that were banding together. At least half of those demons were in the B-class range or higher, and amongst them, there were no less than 20 S-class demons. If a barrier wasn't put into place immediately, it was more than likely that the demons would gather their power and destroy the barrier currently shielding the Ningenkai.

The worst of the matter was that while he'd been talking with the contact the Underworld put in charge of the case, he'd somehow been discovered and had been overwhelmed. And somehow ended up with his hands bound over his head, hanging from the ceiling. The enemy had managed to get him inside their lair and into a small room, forcing Hiei's minds to go into a defensive state. Since he hated being cooped up in small rooms, Hiei's mind was currently in a state of complete fear, something he hated feeling.

His captors had attempted multiple times since then to torture him into giving up information, but fortunately for Hiei, his aura had intensified, and he lashed out at anyone who got too close for comfort. So now was the perfect time to escape. And the fools had left his sword lying against the wall.

Deciding to forgo the use of his powers, he used his powerful muscles to break free of the chains. Using any sort of power would practically scream to his captors that he was not only strong enough to escape, but that he was also at least as strong as most of their leaders, if not stronger.

Once he'd broken free, he focused all his attention on getting out of the area as fast as possible. If he was spotted, it would take forever to shake off his pursuers. Not that he couldn't take them. It was just that it would be a waste of his time and energy to beat down the weaklings, especially since there were so many of them.

Deciding it would be in his best interest to retrieve the communicator he'd been given and have himself transported out of the lair, he backtracked to the place he'd been captured. As he reached the dark corner, however, he heard a loud, obviously aggravated roar echo down the corridors.

'Hn. Seems they found out that I'm no longer in my little prison.' Hiei sped up, hoping to find the communicator before they found him again. 'I really don't need to fight off these losers. Ah, there it is.' He spotted the round disc just as a scout for the demons peeked around the corner.

"Yaah!" Hiei had to force himself not to jump when a voice shrieked behind him. "I found you, little spy!" Hiei drew his sword as the creature turned. "He's down he-" The words were cut off as Hiei sliced off the minions head, before he took off down the hall.

Prison gates won't open up for me

On these hands and knees I'm crawling

Oh, I reach for you

Well I'm terrified of these four walls

These iron bars can't hold my soul in

All I need is you (Come, please, I'm calling)

And oh, I scream for you (Hurry, I'm falling)

I'm falling

Hiei had barely reached the front gate, when a loud flash of light went off. He blinked at the sudden brightness, trying to clear his eyes, when he was suddenly hit across the side of the head, sending him flying into a wall.

He looked up to see a large group of demons surrounding him, all brandishing some sort of weapon, or else preparing their claws to attack him.

Hiei snarled. He'd had enough. It was time to teach these demons exactly who was the strongest around. He stood up slowly, tapping fully into his power for the first time since the Dark Tournament.

His aura surrounded him, warning his enemies that this time, Hiei meant business. And that anyone who was foolish enough to get in his way would be mercilessly slaughtered.

Barely a heartbeat later, there were dozens of demonic corpses littering the ground. Hiei stood alone amongst the carnage, his sword held in his grasp, and his aura raging, ready to exact some revenge.

Show me what it's like

To be the last one standing

Teach me wrong from right

And I'll show you what I can be

Say it for me, say it to me

And I'll leave this life behind me

Say it if it's worth saving me

Kurama raced through Makai, Yusuke and Kuwabara hot on his tail. They'd found out from Koenma that Hiei was currently a captive of a massive swarm of demons, and that it was unlikely that he would escape before Reikai set up a barrier around that area.

And that fool Koenma had been bold enough to claim that Hiei had offered to check it out on his own.

'Hah! Hiei offered? That's about as likely as him saying that he adores humankind.' Kurama fumed. He just knew that Koenma had somehow managed to trick Hiei into doing this. And if Kurama ever found out how, he would make sure to take the... appropriate actions.

Heaven's gates won't open up for me

With these broken wings I'm falling

All I see is you

These city walls ain't got no love for me

I'm on the ledge of the eighteenth story

Oh I scream for you (Come please, I calling)

And all I need from you (Hurry I'm falling)

I'm falling

He growled and called over his shoulder. "I'm going ahead. I can feel Hiei's power from here, and we're only halfway there." Not to mention that the fire demon wasn't responding to any of his mental calls. That either meant that he wasn't in range yet, which he knew was not the case, or that Hiei was too busy to hear his cries. Meaning that he was fighting someone, and couldn't spare the attention to respond.

Yusuke nodded, easily keeping up with him. "I'm right behind ya. Hey, Kuwabara!" he turned his head. "Can you keep up, or are you going to catch up later?"

Kuwabara scowled. "Much as I hate it, you guys should go on ahead. Don't worry 'bout me. I'll be able to figure out where ya went and catch up."

Kurama and Yusuke nodded before taking off, Kurama in the lead, shifting over to his demon form.

Yusuke drew up alongside Kurama. "Hey, you got any idea of what to expect?"

Kurama didn't answer for a few leagues. "I believe that the report said that there were approximately three thousand demons. However, since Hiei appears to be fighting right now, I'd say that the number of potential opponents will like have gone down by at least a third." He saw Yusuke's black face and sighed. "Basically, by the time we get there, I believe that Hiei will have taken out around a thousand demons already."

Yusuke was outraged. "So we're letting Hiei have all the fun fighting? Man! That just stinks!"

Kurama shot him a glare that the other boy missed, before shaking his head. Maybe this was for the best, if Yusuke didn't know everything. The demons had probably stuck Hiei into a small room to hold him, and it was likely that if he hadn't escaped by now that he wouldn't recognize anyone in his fear of being in an enclosed area for so long.

He looked towards the demon lair that was their destination. His face darkened. 'Hiei, you better be alive when I get there.' If he found out that Hiei was injured, or worse, dead, when he arrived, there would be hell to pay.

Show me what it's like

To be the last one standing

Teach me wrong from right

And I'll show you what I can be

Say it for me, say it to me

And I'll leave this life behind me

Say it if it's worth saving me

Hiei sighed, grateful for the brief lull. He looked around at the mountain of demon corpses around him. The demons had just kept coming, heedless of the knowledge that they would just get killed.

He looked at the sun, trying to judge just how long he'd been fighting, and estimated it to have been about five hours. Never before had he been forced to fight for so long, and the results were blazingly obvious. While he was slowly getting through the other demons, the toll on him was building. It took him longer and longer to defeat each swarm of enemies, and he was often forced to call upon his demonic powers instead of just relying on his swordsmanship, like he normally did for the small fry.

Hurry I'm falling

Yeah

Hiei looked up to see yet another swarm of demons coming his way. He sighed, standing up. 'I'm running low on energy. If I'm going to do this, I might as well go all the way.' He could sense his comrades on the way, and he'd been feeling something pricking at the edge of his mind, so he assumed that meant that Kurama was on his way. The fox had probably been trying to reach him for some time now, and would have brought some back-up.

But they still wouldn't get here before this new wave of enemies attacked him.

And all I need is you (Come please I'm calling)

Kurama raced through the demons that seemed determined to stand in his way, slashing away with his whip without mercy. He didn't even notice the wounds he received, or the fact that his communicator had fallen out and been trampled. His only thought was to get to Hiei. "Hiei don't you dare die on me!"

And oh I scream for you (Hurry I'm falling)

Hiei picked up his sword…

I'm falling

…braced himself…

I'm falling

And allowed his aura to erupt, instantly incinerating the first two or three dozen demon that reached him. He attacked without mercy, determined to take out as many enemies as he possibly could. He dimly registered the pain that came from his wounds, as well as the fresh gashes that came from new cuts and slashes. He shut that part of his mind out, knowing that if he was to allow himself to feel his wounds, he'd collapse.

Show me what it's like

To be the last one standing

Teach me wrong from right

And I'll show you what I can be

Say it for me, say it to me

And I'll leave this life behind me

Say it if it's worth saving me

Kurama could now see where Hiei was, but he was surrounded by hundreds of demons, all of which were just waiting to sink their teeth and claws into him. Yusuke was right beside him, using his reigun on any demon that was foolish enough to get too close to them.

Rapidly coming up with a split-second decision, he called out. "Yusuke, stay right beside me, or you'll get caught in my attack!"

Yusuke shot him a quick look, before jumping to his side. Kurama kneeled down, placing his hand on the ground, and focusing his Youki. Pushing his power into the ground, he forced the grass to grow at an explosive rate, instantly skewering the demons around them. However, Kurama was forced to leave the area around Hiei alone, else he accidentally kill his friend as well.

Hurry I'm falling

Hiei noticed that the mob of opponents suddenly diminished. 'Hn. Probably the fox and the Detective.' Still, he was grateful for it. It just meant that he could conserve more strength to use on the group he was currently fighting. It seemed that some of the higher class demons had finally joined the fight.

He was so absorbed in fighting those still standing that he missed a demon that he'd already cut down slowly crawl over to a point behind him, picking up a sword that had fallen from one of the others.

Show me what it's like

To be the last one standing

Teach me wrong from right

And I'll show you what I can be

Say it for me, say it to me

And I'll leave this life behind me

Say it if it's worth saving me

Kurama and Yusuke watched in horror as the demon crept up behind Hiei, who appeared completely ignorant of anything but the fight in front of him.

"Hiei, watch out!" Yusuke shouted, already gathering energy in his fingertip for a powerful blow.

Kurama didn't waste time with warnings. He just launched himself at the demon, praying for the speed he needed to reach his friend in time. But even he knew that it was already too late.

Hiei suddenly sensed danger behind him, and turned, simultaneously slashing with his sword at the threat. But it was already too late.

At the same moment that Hiei slashed the demon's head off, the demon plunged the sword through Hiei's stomach, before he collapsed, dead before he hit the ground.

Hiei stared for a moment at the sword sticking out of his middle. He fell to his knees, a bit of blood trickling from the corner of his mouth, and a pool of blood already beginning to gather around his knees, before he collapsed.

Kurama was instantly by his side, his whip taking out the rest of the demons around them, with Yusuke's reigun backing him up, taking out any that he might have missed. "Hiei! Speak to me!" He carefully lifted his old friend up, carefully pulling the sword out.

Yusuke ran up to them, keeping an eye out for any other demons prowling around, while also watching over his comrades. He spotted Kuwabara coming over the hill, taking out demons left and right.

Hiei smirked, his vision fading. "Hn. You're… rather late… aren't you, fox?" He could see the fear in Kurama's eyes, but couldn't seem to gather the strength he needed to tell his partner that there was nothing to worry about, that there was no way a simple stab to the stomach would kill him.

Kurama was horrified to see Hiei's eyes close, and the smirk disappear from his face, leaving an almost peaceful expression on his face. His breathing grew shallow, and his heartbeat slowed.

He growled. "No!" Focusing his Youki, he forced his power into Hiei's body, trusting Yusuke and Kuwabara to guard them while he did so. "I'm not about to let you die here!"

Yusuke turned to see Kuwabara come running up. The taller boy panted for a moment, before he grabbed Yusuke's collar. "What's goin' on? Where's Hiei!"

Yusuke couldn't seem to say anything, so he just pointed.

Kuwabara's face when he saw the gaping wound was first that of pure horror, before a sort of grim determination took its place. "We have to get him to Yukina. She can heal him!" He whirled around. "Where's the communicator? We need a portal, now!"

Yusuke slowly shook his head, still in a state of shock after seeing the person who was one of the strongest get cut down so quickly. "I saw it drop out of Kurama's pocket while we were fighting. Some demon crushed it."

Kuwabara visibly deflated. "So we have no way of getting back?

Yusuke shrugged, visibly at a loss.

The question remained...

What were they supposed to do now, with Kurama's communicator broken, and with a gaping wound in an unconscious Hiei's stomach, while still in enemy territory?


AN: did you like it? and don't worry, i don't plan to leave it like that. I'm going to make it a two-shot instead of the one-shot i'd initially planned for.

Please r&r!