Disclaimer: I do not own Fushigi Yuugi, Yuu Watase does.

Characters are a bit OC in this chapter. I just couldn't get the characters right so I decided to just leave it like that. Hope you don't mind! By the way, read and review please! ^_^

Fushigi Yuugi : Genbu Kaiden - Rimundo Style!

Chapter 3

I don't know what happened next. All I remember was a big blast of light, then I was carried by someone, presumably Soruen. When I came to, I found myself in a small room, soaked in my own sweat. Soruen was standing over me, wiping my body down with a cold, wet cloth.

"Wha...?" I mumbled, trying to sit up.

"Please lie down, Rimundo-sama. You're still burning up," Soruen said, pushing me down to the bed.

"What happened?" I asked, eyes closing drowsily.

"The girl emitted some kind of strange silver light. She may very well be the nation's last hope - the Priestess of Genbu."

"That's impossible." I remarked flatly.

"Don't forget, Rimundo-sama - you bear a mark that proves that the legend is true, one hundred percent. The mark of one of the Genbu seven seishi, destined to protect the Priestess of Genbu and to aid her in her quest of gathering all the seishi together to make a single wish."

"Yeah, yeah. I've heard that a thousand times. I believe it, although I don't like it. Dang, who'd go around risking their lives to protect that clumsy girl?"

"Whether you like it or not, Rimundo-sama, you were compelled to rescue her when the police surrounded you, were you not?"

"Th-That was just a reflex action!" I spluttered.

"Uh-huh. Whatever you say, Rimundo-sama."

"What, you don't believe me, do you? I'll have you know, I was threatening to kill her," I replied defiantly, before breaking into a coughing fit.

"You should rest now. We're setting off once it's daylight to Kuto."

"Alright, wake me when it's time..."

We got on track for Kuto the following morning. Despite stopping for quite a few times for water, we made good time on the road. Halfway through the way, I heard a familiar voice.

"Go hide, Soruen."

"Yes, Rimundo-sama."
The voice was coming from behind some bushes. I peeked through.

"...I..." Sure enough, a brief glance confirmed my suspicions. Using the wind to quickly materialize behind her, I heard what the people around her were saying.


"Save us..."

"Priestess of Genbu!"

"...Stop it." I had enough. "Let's see you become the priestess, together with the seven seishi of Genbu. I can assure you though, you will be killed."

She spun around to face me. "Rimudo..."

That annoying bowman from back then shouted. "You...!!"

He was going to lunge at me, but Takiko pulled him back with one hand.

"Why do you say that? Aren't you one of the celestial warriors as well?! Weren't you born to protect this country called Hokkan!? Then why...why did you join Kutou?!"

"It doesn't concern a foreigner like you," I said defensively.

"It does concern me! Chamuka's mother was wounded heavily because of me. Somehow...She believes in me. So don't say that it doesn't concern me!" She exclaimed, gasping for air after yelling the sentence out without breathing.

Chamuka? Who the hell was that? I assumed that it was the bowman.

"...Weren't you going back to your own country?" Asking a question seemed to be the best option for now.

"Yes! I thought that I wanted to return but..." She hesitated for a second, seemingly contemplating what to say. She finally decided.

"Chamuka's mother... the people of this village... they need me. I don't have much self-confidence. I don't think that I have that kind of power inside of me. But... I don't know! Do you know how happy it makes me, to know that I'm necessary to someone?! If someone, something, somehow can think that I'm useful too then I'm... I'm going to try! I'm going to become the priestess of Genbu!"

My eyes widened slightly in surprise. She looked determined.

"Stupid woman...! I said that you would be killed. I don't know, but... good luck." I whispered the last part. Transforming into girl form again, I quickly engulfed her in a cyclone to stop any attempt of chasing me.

"Wait...! Rimudo!" She yelled out.

While flying back to the meeting place that I decided on with Soruen, I thought about what she said. 'As long as someone needs her, huh?' I chuckled softly. 'She will realize soon that these words are meaningless here.'

Approximately three hundred miles away, Takiko sneezed. 'Is someone talking bad about me?' She thought, rubbing her nose.

"You didn't catch a cold, did you, Takiko?" Chamuka - or rather Tomite remarked.

"Nope." Takiko replied. She looked up towards the sky. It was a sunny day with blue skies as usual. "Just another regular day..."

Sorry it's a bit short. Next chapter will be longer for sure! I know, it has such a lousy cliffhanger. I just can't seem to write cliffhangers right. It either goes this way or that. But I bet not many readers like a cliffhanger. Or am I wrong? Nevermind, next chapter will have a cliffhanger!