Masquerade!
Paper faces on parade...
Masquerade!
Hide your face so the world will never find you!

Masquerade!
Every face a different shade...
Masquerade!
Look around-
There's another mask behind you!

Flash of mauve...
Splash of puce...
Fool and king...
Ghoul and goose...
Green and black...
Queen and priest...
Trace of rouge...
Face of beast...

Faces ...
Take your turn, take a ride
On the merry-go-round...
In an inhuman race...
Eye of gold...
Thigh of blue...
True is false...
Who is who?
Curl of lip...
Swirl of gown...
Ace of hearts...
Face of clown...

Faces...
Drink it in, drink it up,
'Til you've drowned
In the light,
In the sound...
But who can name the face?

Masquerade!
Grinning yellows,
Spinning reds...
Masquerade!
Take your fill
Let the spectacle astound you!

Masquerade!
Burning glances,
Turning heads...
Masquerade!
Stop and stare
At the sea of smiles around you!

Masquerade!
Seething shadows,
Breathing lies...
Masquerade!
You can fool any friend Who ever knew you!

Masquerade!
Leering satyrs,
peering eyes...
Masquerade!
Run and hide-
But a face will still pursue you!
Masquerade!
Paper faces on parade...
Masquerade!
Hide your face so the world
Will never find you!

Masquerade!
Every face a different shade...
Masquerade!
Look around-
There's another mask behind you!

Masquerade!
Burning glances, turning heads...
Masquerade!
Stop and stare
At the sea of smiles around you!

Masquerade!
Grinning yellows, spinning reds...
Masquerade!
Take your fill-
Let the spectacle astound you!*


Namimori, Japan, outside the house of transfer student Kozato Enma, a dark shadow lurked, waiting for him to leave the house. The shadowy figure was crouched under some underbrush, next to the trash. A dangerous aura surged from the hidden character.

"....I understand." Enma, on his way to school, hung up his cellphone and looked casually around the neighborhood as he set out from home.

The stalker breathed a silent sigh of relief, glad to remain undiscovered. Enma shrugged his bag on his shoulder and went on his way. To keep the target within sights, the shadow slid from their hiding place toward the side of the next house. However, unexpectedly, a banana peel fell from the overflowing trash receptacle and landed right before the shadow took it's first step. Skidding on the slippery peel, the shadow cried out as they flipped in mid air and landed flat on their back. Enma froze in place and turned around slowly to face the person shadowing him.

"Ow! Who leaves an effing banana peel where someone can trip on it, honestly?" The person sat up rubbing the back of their head.

Enma blinked at the klutzy and possibly crazed spy in amazement, "Do I know you?"

The person, an effeminate boy roughly Enma's age with seven earrings in each ear, looked at him with shameless hurt, "Huh? You mean you don't remember me? How can you forget such a cute face?"

He shrugged back the boy who tripped, seeing he was wearing four-inch platform boots, "Sorry....."

The gothic boy shrugged and got up, dusting himself off, "You can call me Genji."


Years ago, on some beach in an unspecified country, two small children sat in the sand, building a sand castle together. The smaller of the two, this so-called Genji, poked at his playmate, a much younger Enma. Genji had lived with Enma, their parent's close friends and co-workers. They spent most of their time playing together, either inside the house or at the beach.

"Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Hi!" He stopped poking the bigger boy and waved cheerfully.

Enma looked sadly at his friend, dropping his effort to fill a bright yellow pail, "I heard you're mom telling my mom that you and your parents are going away."

Genji looked thoughtfully at Enma before patting his head, "Hey, wanna go mess with my cat?"

"This is serious!" He shook his head, though for a second he was tempted to start playing with Genji's pet cat.

Genji shook his head, "Pah! Enma-kun, I promise......., ok?"

Enma smiled, "Promise?"

"Promise!" He crossed his heart.


But Genji couldn't keep that promise. His mother and father did move, and they took their child with them. He cried and screamed to stay with Enma, but he was just too small to stop them. But Genji never once forgot his promise, and he spent their time apart working to get back to his best friend.

"How do you know me?" Enma asked, walking to school as Genji casually followed after him like a little puppy.

Genji, still upset that he had been forgotten, scratched the bridge of his nose nonchalantly, "Eh, we used to be childhood friends."

"Oh." Enma suddenly became very quiet.

Oh? Genji had fought tooth and nail (he had joined the mafia sooner than expected and acted on his own, without any assistance from his family name), to get back his friend, and all he could say was 'oh'? Dammit, if Genji would have known things would have been like this, he would have worked even harder to get back sooner. Well, he did not blame his best friend, because it had been many years since they had last seen each other.

"Enma-kun!" Sawada Tsunayoshi, the next in line to become head of the Vongola Famiglia, saw his new friend and fellow boss and ran up to greet him, not yet spotting Genji.

"Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Who are you?" Genji jumped suddenly between the two "idiot" bosses, not even glancing at Tsuna.

Enma sighed forlornly, "Genji, this is Sawada Tsunayoshi."

"Sawada.....Tsunayoshi?" Genji turned around slowly, glancing suspiciously at Tsuna, "As in the next Vongola boss?"

Tsuna let out an involuntary gasp, "I don't want to be in the mafia!"

Genji's face lit up as he looked smittenly at Tsuna, "Kawaii!"

"Eh?" Tsuna blinked as the boy examined him from head to toe.

In Genji's mind, he saw the scene differently. Though he acted cool, in his mind, he was a puddle of warm butter, sliding suggestively down toast, or more normally, Shakespeare's Romeo after seeing Juliet for the very first time and forgetting all about Rosalind.

"That is the cutest chameleon!" Genji pointed behind Tsuna's head at chameleon on an infant's fedora.

Reborn, the world's best hitman and Tsuna's home tutor, looked at Genji, "Are you mafia?"

He shrugged, "Freelance assassin."

"Interesting." Reborn narrowed his eyes, pondering what Genji was capable of.

Genji, realizing his strange behavior, stopped and smiled at them sheepishly, "Sorry, I like chameleons."

"Just what is wrong about that?" Another boy, Tsuna's Guardian of the Storm, Gokudera Hayate, joined the scene.

Enma and Tsuna were too busy looking at each other, confused at Genji's sudden cold shoulder to the both of them. They weren't particularly hurt or upset, but they were lost at Genji's odd personality and shifting focus.

"Hello," Sasagawa Kyoko, the girl Tsuna likes and the younger sister of the Sun Guardian, walked over.

"Kyoko-chan!" Tsuna gasped, afraid of what crazy thing Genji might do in front of her.

Genji glared at her for a moment before beaming and warmly clasping her hands, "I'm Genji, and I hope we can be great friends!"

Many a eye started to twitch at Genji's strange way of introducing himself, but sweet and oblivious Kyoko didn't seem to notice anything weird, "My name's Sasagawa Kyoko, and I hope so too!"

"Sawada!" Sasagawa Ryohei, the Sun Guardian, jogged up to them.

"Onii-san, what are you doing here? I thought that you had already left for school?" Kyoko worriedly asked her older brother.

Enma, finally able to form cohesive words, looked shakily at Genji, "So that means-"

"Yep, I like awkward things." Genji nodded.

Epic fail. Enma meant that, because Genji had joined them on their way to school, that he was wondering if Genji was enrolled as well. Genji wasn't wearing anything vaguely resembling a uniform, but then again, he did not seem like the type who would follow the rules by the book.

"Err.....Tsuna still felt stupid for thinking that Genji was talking about him.

Ryohei, still ignorant of Genji, shouted passionately, "I ran around the city limits twice already!"

"Gokudera, add Genji to Tsuna's bodyguard," Reborn ordered, "With Enma."

"Bodyguard?" The newcomer and Kyoko looked around at everyone.

"It's not-"

Reborn nailed Tsuna in the back, "Stupid-Tsuna. Tsuna's inheritance ceremony is this week, so warring families are sending in assassins."

Gokudera looked suddenly at Genji, dynamite already in hand, "Why are you here?"

"To visit Enma." He was unblinkingly bored with the interrogation already.

"You know him?" Reborn asked the other weak-will boss.

Enma looked at Genji's pleading face, and it was so pitiful, he decided to help him, "Huh-uh."

"Enma-kun!" In his excitement, he hugged his old friend tightly.

Genji, vouched for by Enma, was now a part of the group, and being a stranger, Genji took it upon himself to prove to everyone that he was worth their trust and while.


Woop! This is the first time that the main OC is a male! Also, if anyone has any input on the story --anything at all-- please tell me. I want to improve, but if I got no help, I won't know what needs work. Thank you!

Sorry, I'm really confused when it comes to putting the surname first, and Wikipedia does nothing to help, so I'm not sure if Enma's name is in the right order or not. I checked, and it is the correct order, but still. The promise that Genji made to Enma had been forgotten, just in case anyone gets confused. I'm not sure how Enma really addresses Tsuna, so if that's wrong, please, forgive me. Yep, Genji is into guys, and he likes chameleons apparently.

*Taken from Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera"; the song "Masquerade".