A/N: I haven't posted anything in a while so I thought people might enjoy this little blurb I dreamed up one night. I don't really consider it one of my better works, but it was still enjoyable to write. I hope you all enjoy it too. As usual, I do not own Negima.

Pandora

Prologue.

Negi looked down at the letter and rubbed his temples in frustration. As if I didn't have enough on my plate as it is...

"What's that there Negi?" Konoka asked innocently behind him. The young boy mage nearly jumped out of his skin as he turned around to find his beautiful young roommate looking over his shoulder.

"Nothing!" Negi lied as quickly as he could, stuffing the opened envelope into his jacket pocket swiftly. "Just a letter from home. Look Konoka-san, I'm going to be expecting a package from my grandfather later this afternoon that will be arriving by special courier. Could you please make sure it's put up in my loft?"

"Sure Negi-kun." Konoka agreed readily. "What's in it?"

The young mage hesitated for a moment, but then decided that he'd come far enough with the girls to trust them with the knowledge of what he was to be doing. "It's a magical book. My grandfather has decided to give me an assignment as a test of my abilities. I'm actually quite excited about it, but it's going to be a very big responsibility."

"Really?" The young mage girl beamed, "How long do you have to keep it?"

"That's the problem." Negi deadpanned. "This isn't an assignment that's going to be over any time soon. Grandfather has made me guardian of the book from now on. We mages typically stand guard over powerful magical items to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. From now on my job will be to guard that book."

"I see." Konoka said seriously. "Well don't worry, as your ministra I'll make sure the book is stored away safely for you."

Negi smiled and nodded warmly. "Thank you Konoka-san, I know I can count on you."

The child prodigy turned and headed out for his staff meeting feeling a little better, he'd decide what to do with the book on a permanent basis when he returned from his staff meeting.


The library trio wandered through the dorms looking for their straying member. It was after school and nearly everyone was busy, from teacher conferences to club activities. Haruna, Yue, and Nodoka happily walked towards the room of their favorite teacher even though they knew he wouldn't be back yet.

"I think one of you still needs to do him." Haruna reasserted.

"Please Paru." The two shy girls echoed in unison. Yue was getting a little tired of the constant barrage of sexual innuendo from the girl. She wondered at how the girl could even know all the things she was recommending to them with as much time as she spent snooping into their lives, gossiping about everyone, and drawing manga.

The three finally stopped in front of Negi's door and knocked tentatively. When no one answered they softly tried the knob and peeked in, searching for their quarry. There, seated at the small table sat Konoka with her eyes fixed resolutely on a book sitting on the table in front of her.

"Konoka, we're supposed to be helping in the library today in case you forgot." Yue scolded the girl.

"I can't, I'm on a mission." The steadfast girl muttered never taking her eyes off the book.

"This isn't like that mission to learn telepathy by staring at a picture of Setsuna while chanting..." Haruna started warily.

"No silly, I'm doing this for Negi. It's my first real assignment as his ministra." Konoka shot back.

This immediately got everyone's attention as they quickly piled into the room. Negi did NOT ask much of his ministra. It was a failing of his that they were just now getting him out of. To be given a special assignment made all three jealous, romantic inclinations or not.

"Why'd he pick you?" Nodoka complained with obvious hurt in her voice.

"He didn't really pick me, I was just here when he needed me." The magical princess explained, only briefly looking up from the book. "Negi has been charged with protecting this book from here on out and I was asked to watch after it for him until he gets back from his staff meeting."

Yue relaxed and looked at the other two. "Doesn't sound like much of an assignment."

"Well, regardless, I 'm not letting this thing out of my sight until I see Negi again." The mage in training scoffed.

"Well, not to rain on your parade, but you are supposed to be helping us in the library remember?" Haruna chided the girl.

"Well I can't just leave a powerful artifact lying around so that anyone might get it, can I?" Konoka complained.

"Then bring it with you then." Yue sighed in exasperation. "We're librarians, looking after books is what we do. We'll probably be back from the library before Negi gets done with his meeting and you can give it to him then. Besides, Library Island is just the place to store dangerous magical books like that."

"I guess you're right." Konoka agreed.

"Here I'll put it in my book bag. We can take turns staring at it once we get to work. Any idea what's inside?" Haruna asked packing the book away safely.

"No idea. I couldn't open it." The young girl said as she got her coat. "I imagine whatever inside is really important though."

The three muttered agreement and then set out for their duties at Library Island, it looked like rain that day as the storm clouds began to gather.


In the dark, Nodoka turned as the old man approached her. She stared back in challenge as he walked around her examining her closely with his eyes. She didn't flinch as his withered old hand reached up to cup her chin in his palm. "Yes... yes, I think you shall do nicely... nicely indeed."