Hey everyone!! So, this is a multi-chapter story with a little bit of each of the HiME's. I'm not sure how long it'll be or exactly where I'm going with this, but I have the first few chapters planned, so we'll just see where this ends up :).
I do not own Mai-HiME or any of the characters from that anime (as much as I wish I did!!)
The main pairing in this will be Akira/Takumi, though other couples will be included! Like I plan a little Mai/Mikoto and ShizNat. Also, I plan to have Nao as a minor character, just cause she's awesome 8). Just know that each HiME will make an appearance at some point in the story, so don't freak too much if your fave isn't in the first chapter :P.
Summary:The HiME's are kidnapped by Nagi and are sent on a mission to find their dearest person. But will they succeed in time?
Ok, bad summary, but like I said, I'm not too sure where I'm going with this so there's no in-depth summary really.
Well, on to the first chapter!!!
Akira opened the oak wood double doors to her room. The room contains rather over-sized furniture for such a small individual. In the center of the bedroom is a large four-poster king size bed with a short step stool reaching towards the top of it. Upon this bed are fluffy covers made of white silk and giant goose-feather pillows. To the side of the extravagant bed sit two glass double doors, which swing open to reveal a white balcony with a magnificent view of the world surrounding the area.
Certainly, a very valuable living place.
Miss Okuzaki pays no mind to her stunning surroundings though, having occupied its walls for all of her 12 years of living. It's not that she isn't grateful for her family's wealth, it's simply the fact that the kunoichi is familiar with the extravagance of it all and it has lost its breathtaking impression on her. On top of that fact, the raven-haired girl just spent the whole day exercising and training vigorously, which had finally caught up with her and made her quite exhausted.
As Akira entered the room, she wastes no time in heading directly to the tall bed. Climbing the mini staircase, the young woman proceeds to flop on top of the softness of the mattress.
Sleep overtakes her.
A minute passed. Or maybe it was an hour, two hours, a night, a day? Akira isn't sure; all she knows is that she is not the single occupant of the room.
And, strangely enough, she awoke in a different room then the one she fell asleep in. Finally absorbing this thought, Akira jolts upright and starts to frantically scan the chamber with her wide brown eyes.
Panic rises in the young lady's chest when she fails to recognize the place at all. "What's happening?" she asks softly to her confused self.
"You're in the land of Fuka," an unfamiliar voice answers the young ninja's question. Startled, Akira whirls her head around to find the source of the voice.
Rising from her sleeping area, Akira summons a weapon to her side. "Who're you?" she accusingly interrogates the man.
"Before I answer that," the shadowed figure starts, "let me tell you who you are."
Akira Okuzaki raises an eyebrow at the peculiar statement. "I know who I am," she says. "Who are you?" the tomboy repeats.
The man in the darkness shakes his head lightly. "Aren't you curious as to how I know who you are?"
"You don't know who I am," the girl with the weapon in her hand answers. "This must be some sort of sick trick of yours. Whoever you are, a murderer, kidnapper, whatever, you don't know me and I don't know you…. Who are you, and what do you plan to do?"
The man laughs at Akira's explanation. "Murderer," he snorts. "No, my dear. No, Akira-Hime; I am not a kidnapper or murderer of any sorts."
"Then what are you?" Akira snarls at the mysterious person before her.
"Let me finish," the man says. "I'm a person who knows what you know not. I know who you are, what you are, your background and past… and your future and destiny.
"I know what you're to do. I know that you'll accept my offer. You'll emerge as one of the twelve maidens I will gather here."
"What the hell are you blabbering about?" the now frightened girl asks. "What garbage story are you telling me?"
"This is no garbage, oh youngest Hime," the shady figure replies. "I shall explain in more depth once the others arrive," with that, the man turns and starts to retreat.
"Where're you going?" Akira hollers. "I'm not letting you out of my sight until you explain yourself! Who're the 'others'? Why am I here? How do you know me? Why do you keep calling me 'Hime'?"
A smirk appears on the man's pale face. "All in good time, my dear little Hime," in a flash, the man disappears.
Akira felt her knees buckle and hit the dirt ground. She shakes her head lightly; her eyes still placed on the location where the mysterious figure had evaporated. It takes the young woman a few moments to realize what is clasped so tightly in her palm. Looking down, she sees the weapon. Scared, Akira flings it across the room, only to see it disappear as well.
"What's going on?" the puzzled teen asks herself once again.
At that moment another figure, this time lying on the ground, magically appears in the stuffy little room.
Startled at the sudden appearance, Akira finds the weapon in her reach again, and grasps it firmly in her hand. The kunoichi had the intention of interrogating the newcomer, as she had done to the strange man before. However, she decides differently when she sees that the new occupant of the room is asleep.
Akira continues to gaze at the still figure. The young woman has orange like hair and a rather large chest. Akira stares curiously at the tall teenager lying on the floor as her chest rises and falls in time with her even breaths.
"Does this guy just kidnap girls in their sleep?" Akira asks herself. Quite disgusted at the thought, the tomboy shakes violently, knocking over a nearby bucket in the process and creating a bit of a ruckus. The sleeping lady stirs at the sound, and Akira hopes that she will awake, just so she can explain what the mysterious man said and try to devise a plan with the newcomer to escape.
Before anything else happens, though, another girl materializes into the dungeon. This girl is conscious and has black spiky hair in two braided pigtails. The cat-like girl had materialized sitting on top of the ginger. Her yellow eyes scan the room and soon her head cocks to the side in confusion and puzzlement. "Where am I?" the innocent looking child asks Akira.
Akira shakes her head slightly. "I honestly have no idea," she replies. Then, looking into the yellow eyes of the cat-girl, the kunoichi asks, "Do you know why we're here?"
This time, it is the pig-tailed girl's turn to shake her head. "I'm Mikoto!" she exclaims. "What's your name?"
Akira stares blankly at the girl sitting on top of the red head. "How does she not wake up?" Akira thought to herself. Shrugging this thought off, she answers, "Akira Okuzaki."
Mikoto nods eagerly. "MAI!!!" she then shouts at the top of her lungs. Jumping up and down on the sleeping girl below her, Mikoto starts to repeat herself. "Mai! Mai! Mai! Wake up! Where are we?!"
The girl on the floor (who Akira presumed to be Mai) groans as she stirs once more. "What do you mean, Mikoto? We're at home. Go back to sleep."
"No, we're not, Mai," Mikoto responds to her larger friend. "We're in some sort of dungeon with this girl, Akira!" Mikoto points to the corner where Akira stands.
Mai awakes at this statement. "EH?!?!" she exclaims. Jolting up (and knocking Mikoto over in the process), Mai searches frantically about the room until her eyes settle on Akira. Standing up and backing herself away into the opposite corner, Mai starts to speak towards Akira. "What do you want with us?!" she screeches.
Akira holds up her hands defensively. "I don't want anything to do with you two!" she states earnestly. "I'm just as bemused as you, I haven't got a clue as to where we are!"
At that moment, an additional nine young woman magically appear into the damp room. Twelve pairs of heads look about their surroundings and try to decipher what just happened.
"What the hell is this about?" a teen with blue hair demands angrily.
Another voice (much softer and scared then the blunette) adds in, "I don't recognize this place at all…."
Many more whispers and various comments are heard about the group. One voice is heard clearly, though, from a red head with green eyes. "This is like in that story!" the woman exclaims, intrigued. "We're to be sent on a mission!"
Another girl with red hair, who was rather thin, responds to the enthusiastic lady. "We're on no mission," she states grumpily. "We've been kidnapped, idiot."
"Actually," the same mysterious voice from before booms, "Midori-chan was not too far off with her guess."
"You, again!" Akira proclaims. "Where are you and what do you want?"
"Again?" a few of the women around the room question.
"Patience, Akira-kun. You all will get answers soon enough." The man smirks at the hostages before him. "I am Nagi, and I will tell you your task. Listen very closely to this poem," Nagi then clears his throat before reciting a well-memorized poem.
"Most of you already know
Your dearest person from long ago.
For one of you, you haven't met
Your dearest person as of yet.
For four of you, it's plain to see
Your dearest is beside you and me.
These hints I've given you, my dears, are real.
You can't deny the feelings you feel.
By the stroke of midnight, your hands must touch,
Or you and your dearest will turn to slush.
Now, for details; the loner, you see
Is the one who hasn't met her dearest, her 'Honey'.
Colors of brown, red, black, and blue
Are the ones who's dearest's are in this room.
The two that came together,
Will be dearests forever and ever.
For the rest of you,
I don't know what to say.
Go and re find your dears
By the start of the next day. "
Nagi smirks again when he sees the Himes' vacant or bemused expressions. "Questions?" he asks the crowd. "And feel free to compliment the poem, I wrote it myself!"
"What the hell is this all about?" the rude red head from before doesn't hesitate to ask.
"Excellent question, Nao-Hime," the albino man says.
"Wait, how do you know my name?" Nao questions accusingly.
"One question at a time, please," the lone man in the room requests. "I suppose I better explain a bit for you ladies," Nagi continued, jumping onto a nearby table. "You are all himes. 'What's a hime?' you may ask. Well, technically, a hime is a princess. However, the HiME I'm talking about is an acronym for 'Highly Advanced Materializing Equipment'. In a sense, you girls are fighting machines.
"The role of a HiME is to guard and protect the person who she loves the most. This is your dearest person. If you listened to my poem, you should know that most of you already know your dearest person, and one of you hasn't a clue, though you don't know that you don't know because you've never met your dearest person yet." Nagi paused for a minute, allowing the information to sink into the young women's heads. "That may not make sense to you, but it will be understandable eventually."
"So what are we supposed to do right now?" a woman with a thick Kyoto accent asks. "Find our dearest person and spend the rest of our lives together?"
"Not quite, Miss Shizuru," Nagi states. "As of this time, your goal is simply to find your dearest person. If you fail to do this by tomorrow at the stroke of midnight, then you are already out of the running for the HiME Carnival."
"Carnival?" a nun asks, who is standing next to Shizuru.
"Oh right, silly me!" Nagi exclaims. "The HiME Carnival is an event where all the HiME's battle each other. If a HiME looses to another HiME, then the loser's child and dearest person die."
"Child?!" a brunette girl with her hair tied back shrieks. "We-we're supposed to have a ba-baby?!"she questions, alarmed, pointing to her stomach.
Nagi shakes his head, "I guess I really didn't think this through too well," he states. "A child is a HiME's beast, but it's on the HiME's side. Your Child fights for you, and its soul is connected to the soul of your most loved individual. If your child dies, your dearest person dies. You do not, however, give birth to your child, so you don't need to worry about getting fat," Nagi teases.
"What's the reward for beating all of the other participants in the Carnival?" a young looking child with pink octopus-like hair asks.
Nagi shrugs his shoulders. "The winner basically saves the world," he explained, as if it was no big deal. "Now, if there are no further questions, my dears, I believe that you should start figuring out who your dearest person is and go find them, as of now, you have exactly 24 hours." With that, Nagi dissipates into thin air.
All of the HiME's stare at each other, wide-eyed and gaping
So, are you guys interested in me continuing? Comments and critiques are wanted!! Tell me what you think! Ideas are accepted too, if you want ;).