Author's note: This is a semi-serious rom-com type thing. This is an edited version with improvements to the description (I wrote the original when I was 15, I am now in my 20's and I like to think my writing has improved enough to warrant an edit!) I will not be doing this for all my fanfic. It is because the series is still going. Please review! And fave if you like it x
Kagura and Sougo - In the depths
Kagura walked alone down the dimly lit road. There were street lamps lining the pavement along one side, casting deep shadows in the alleyways between the buildings. She could just make out the silhouette of iron-cast railing that ran around the park in front of her. As she stepped closer, she felt a cold gust of wind brush past her, tossing her loose hair about and forcing her to squint. She was entirely on her own in this strangely familiar place, and it sent a shiver down her spine. She was usually strong willed and fearless, but this was too eerie to take light-heartedly. The park gate creaked open, and she continued making her way down the path. As she walked, she inhaled a strong scent of something utterly wrong: It smelled like death. She eventually reached a large pond in the far corner of the park. She peered into its endlessly deep waters, and wondered why she had come there. Then she screamed.
There, in amongst the algae and duckweed, were hundreds upon hundreds of empty packets of her favourite snack, Sukonbu. Kagura felt her body freeze in horror.
The teenager tumbled out of bed, gasping for air and thrashing about, until she finally realised that she was safe. Her gaze darted about the room, until she knew with certainty that it was really hers. Had it simply been a nightmare? It had not felt like a dream at all. It had felt as real as the ground she now sat on. She recalled the harshness of the wind teasing at her cheeks. She felt a chill roll down her spine, causing her to shudder violently. She carefully stood up, so as not to trip over her bedding, before walking over to the window. It was early morning, and the sun was rising outside. She decided that the best thing to do for now, would be to get dressed, and then go in search of food, because food was the solution to every problem.
After downing the usual fifty or so bowls of rice, Kagura grabbed her trusty umbrella and strolled out of the house. She hoped to distract herself from the horror she had just witnessed. It wasn't something that one could just forget, but she could at least try and find something else to focus on.
Kagura had been walking around town for about half an hour, greeting the boss lady and a few other friends, when she began to feel the full effects of the shock. Her eyesight was blurring, and she could feel the strength in her legs slowly leaving her. 'Trauma' she cried aloud, expressing her terrible realisation. She was about to turn around and head back, when she felt a strong arm go around her neck, and a fist messing up her hair. Okita Sougo was grinding his hand against her head, completely ruining her hairstyle.
Being the strongest woman in the galaxy, Kagura managed to work her way out of Sougo's hold and throw him to the ground. Despite her weakened state, this was still possible. The samurai stood up again instantly however, recovering quickly from her warning blow. They both moved, taking battle stances, willing and ready to tear up the other limb from limb. This would have happened too, if it weren't for Kagura's steadily worsening condition. Her balance was leaving her now, and her legs were becoming difficult to stand on. She looked up at the blurry outline of Sougo, unable to focus on his swirling figure and let out what would not usually have been an empty threat,
"I'll beat the **** out'a you! You sadistic brat!" Sougo was about to reply with a rather less empty threat, when she collapsed,
"Oi China… You couldn't even beat up Hijikata-San in that condition." He said to her as he stepped forward, and poked her shoulder with the sheath of his katana. She did not move.
Sougo was going to leave Kagura lying there, but then remembered he was on duty, and that this sadly meant helping people-who-pass-out-with-no-one-else-around-to-help-them was legitimately one of his duties. He crouched down, and scooped her up in his arms with ease, before slinging her over his shoulder. He would take her back to the Yorozuya house and leave her on the doorstep. That was more than acceptable in his mind.
Meanwhile, Kagura was regaining consciousness. She was still feeling weak, but concious none-the-less. She opened her eyes, which had begun to regain their focus a little, and noticed her favourite store to her right,
"Ah! Stop a second, I have to go in there." She tried to kick her legs about, but failed, managing only to loose a shoe.
"Why? You can't afford anything in that shop." Sougo replied in his deadpan voice,
"Shut up, I'm not that broke." She frowned.
Sougo carried her inside the shop, as she was very much unable to walk, and Kagura bought a pack of Sukonbu. She ate this while Sougo carried her back to the apartment she lived in with Sakata Gintoki. Sougo was ready to ring the bell then leave Kagura on the doorstep, but she told him that 'Gin-chan is out betting on the races with old geezer Hasegawa'. He took her inside and up the stairs, grumbling all the way, before dropping her onto the sofa.
"I'll be going now then China," Sougo announced, heading for the door. He was almost there, but Sadaharu was hungry, and in a playful mood, so he showed this in the usual way by putting the nearest human head inside his mouth. Unfortunately, the nearest human was Sougo.
Sadaharu sat on the doormat wagging his tail, while Sougo attempted to escape the dog's jaw. He emerged several minutes later gasping for air, and with thick streams of blood gushing down his face where Sadaharu's teeth had sunk in. He put some dog food in Sadaharu's bowl to distract the hound with,
"Can you please train your dog to not eat people?" Sougo asked Kagura, as he finally managed to walk out of the door.
Kagura ignored his request, and lay there on the sofa. She fell asleep again in seconds. It was night again, only this time she was inside a tall building with a deep-set roof, and stain glass windows that reached high above her. There were rows upon rows of seats, and an altar at the front, lit only by two candles. Kagura realized she was in some sort of religious building. She walked up to the altar carefully, and felt the same feel of uneasiness that she had felt in the park. She reached the altar, and noticed a book lying next to one of the candles. It had her name written in gold lettering on the front. She opened it to the first page, and screamed.
Kagura woke up seconds after having fallen asleep, and realized she was screaming out loud. She had to clasp her hands over her mouth to stop. What she had seen in the book had been far too horrifying. It had been a reminder of what she had seen in the park pond in her dream the previous night. The book told of the apocalypse, and how all of the Sukonbu was gone. She barely noticed Sougo re-enter the room. He had returned because of her scream, as he figured a Shinsengumi member of any kind ought to respond to loud screams. He walked over to her, a bored expression on his face,
"Oi China. Don't scream, you'll break the windows." He complained. Kagura ignored his teasing; she was in far too much shock. She sat there on the sofa, taking in great breaths of air, waiting for her heartbeat to return to a normal rate.
Sougo sighed. He was very lazy, and very uncaring of most people. He sat down next to Kagura, deciding the quickest way to get out of there, was to take the professional approach and then he would at least have done his job,
"Oi" He prodded her on the shoulder as she sat there staring at her hands as if there was something truly scary in them, "Why did you scream,"
"I- I saw…" Kagura attempted to speak, but the words came out as a whisper. Her eyes went blank, and her mouth stopped quivering. She swallowed hard,
"I saw something unthinkable, my worst nightmare. It was beyond imagination, yet so real, and if it were to really happen, I doubt I could go on living. I saw it in a dream; just now, and last night. And every time I see it, I wake up feeling weaker and more afraid."
Sougo tried to read her expression. She was clearly petrified. It was so unlike her usual self. She slowly slumped back onto the sofa, loosing the strength to sit up. Sougo hated this. It wasn't something that he could ignore. If it had been any other girl, it would have been different, but this was Kagura, and if Kagura was scared of something, then it was definitely something to worry about. Sougo knew this, as Kagura was probably his strongest rivals; his equal in combat. Hijikata was an easy target, just a play thing. He sighed once more,
"I guess I have no choice then." He grabbed his walkie-talkie from his belt strap, and reported the situation to Shinsengumi headquarters. He returned his gaze to where Kagura was lying down. He would have to question her on the details of her dreams, and find out what threat they might pose. She said that they had felt real, and it was possible that she might be having visions. She was an alien after all, and unpredictable.
After eating some Sukonbu, Kagura eventually became able to talk, she described as much of the dreams as she could, but whenever she got to the parts where she discovered the horrible truth, she became unable to say it. Reliving the moment was too painful. Sougo decided that the only way to solve this, was to get Kagura to fall asleep again, and find out more details the next time she had a similar dream. Hopefully she wouldn't have another, and they would turn out to have been horrible coincidences. But Sougo had a strange feeling about this, and his instincts had never let him down before.
It was not easy to get Kagura to sleep though. She had had plenty the night before, and after the fresh memories of the terror, she was wide-awake, and unwilling to try. She tried to order Sougo about but that failed miserably. He turned the TV on, and put on the most boring program he could find, then forced Kagura to stare at it, hoping this would make her fall asleep. Kagura was being stubborn though, and would not close her eyes, even though her vision was blurring again. Sougo eventually decided that this stubborn girl would not fall asleep until she had to, so he would have to hang around until that time.
Sakata Gintoki arrived back from his day of epic failure at the races, to a rather odd scene: Okita Sougo was lounging on the floor in front of the sofa, and Kagura on the sofa, and they were both watching a documentary on the history of legislation in Edo. This seemed to Gintoki to be completely illogical. Firstly, Sougo did not live with them. Secondly; Sougo and Kagura did not get along well, and thirdly; the program seemed to be the most boring thing ever recorded. Gintoki had experienced a long, tiring day, and could not be bothered to try and figure out what was going on, so he just ignored them and slumped into to his room, taking a carton of strawberry milk with him.