[A/N: Welcome to the Dark Tournament kiddies! Enjoy.]
I turned over in bed and stared at my clock. It was 4 a.m.
I rolled back over onto my back and stared up at the ceiling. It had been just two days ago when I'd saved Yukina, defeated Tuguro and mastered the Kaio-ken technique. The last day of school had been yesterday and I was there, lying in bed, unable to sleep for no reason at all except excessive paranoia.
I climbed out of bed and tossed on a hoodie and some tennis shoes and went to the only place that I knew would give me some peace – Spirit World.
I arrived at Koenma's office where he was at his desk looking very intensely through some papers.
"Don't you people ever sleep?" I asked him.
"Sometimes, on the weekend," he said, half paying attention. "What do you want?"
"I've been left with a bad feeling from my last case. Yukina is safe and that's all well and good but, I can't help but feel like I missed something and that something bad is happening and being psychic I can't really brush off feelings like that so easily," I said.
". . . We were going to inform you in the morning," Koenma said searching around on his desk for his remote.
"Inform me of what?" I asked.
Koenma picked up his remote and flicked on the his television to the scene where we had left Tuguro. "After you left. . ."
He pressed and to my horror Tuguro and his brother both rose to their feet, very much alive.
". . . That's not good," I said.
"There's no telling what he may do. We don't know where he is. All we know is that he's in cahoots with Sakyo," Koenma said
I sighed. "Just what I need. Two incredibly strong demons working with a gangster."
"For, now we should be fine, but we have reason to suspect that your involvement with Yukina was expected, if not planned – for all of you," Koenma said.
"All of us? By that you mean Kuwabara, Yusuke, Hiei and Kurama?" I asked. Koenma nodded.
"I don't know what they were planning and we're still unsure if they were planning at all, but warn them. And be careful," he said.
I nodded and made my home.
I still didn't sleep. I was more paranoid than ever.
The next day came and as soon as I could I called Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Kurama and of course they didn't answer.
"What good is technology if no one uses it?" I asked calling Kayko.
"You seriously need to calm down," Goten told me.
"As long as there's a rogue demon actively looking for us I will not," I said.
"Hi! You've reached Kayko-!" I hung the phone up.
"I guess I'll have to actually go to West City won't I?" I asked.
"Looks that way," he said. "You're having a really stressful week."
"And thought my biggest issue this week would be making sure I passed ninth grade," I said.
"And it's a miracle you did," Goten said. "It's a miracle Yusuke did."
"That may or may not have had something to do with me and Kuwabara doing all of Yusuke's make up work for him while he was training with Genkai," I said.
"You are such a good friend," Goten said.
I got up from my seat. "I'll be back after I've rounded up the troops."
"Be careful," Goten said.
"I'll try," I replied. Dashed out of the house and took off to West City.
I was completely unnerved by the fact that the Tuguro brothers were still alive. My only priority at the moment was to find them and warn them.
This task was obviously easier said than done. By noon I was tired of looking and had all but given up hope as I dragged myself to Trunks' house
"Laundry day?" Trunks asked mocking my attire.
"I'm looking for a baby to punch. Is your sister awake?" I asked throwing myself onto his bed.
"You're hilarious," Trunks replied, rolling his eyes. "What's wrong?"
"So, a few days ago I had this mission that required me to kill like the strongest demon I've ever known right and I killed him and everything and mission went successfully except it turns out I didn't really kill him and now he's probably looking for me and Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, and Hiei to kill us or something because it seems like they lured us all together in the first place for whatever reason so now I have to go find everyone an no one is answering their phone, not even Kayko, and I don't even know where to begin to start looking for Hiei! And I haven't slept all night and I can't go to sleep because I'm too paranoid that something will happen if I do and-!"
"You. Need. To. Calm. Down," Trunks said, clasping his hand over my mouth. "Calm down."
He took his hand away and I took a deep breath. "Why can't you be my partner? I always know where to find you when I need you."
"Well I'm not your partner," Trunks said. "But, I did talk to Kayko this morning and she said something about going on a date with Yusuke in Uptown."
"Damn it, he' not gonna be there. He bails every time they have a date!" I said.
"But at least you have a place to start looking," Trunks said.
I groaned. "Admittedly, it'll be easy to find Yusuke and Kuwabara, and I know I'll eventually run into Kurama, but Hiei is just all over the place and if I saw him I probably couldn't catch him anyway – fast mother effer."
"Well you're not finding anybody lying here on my bed," Trunks said. "So get going."
I sat up. "Are you trying to get rid of me? Usually you're so eager to hang out with me but now you're acting like you're irritated with me."
"Maybe just a little," he said.
"What for?" I asked. "What did I do?"
"It may have something to do with you practically ignoring me since you left for Maze Castle like you said you wouldn't do," Trunks said.
I sighed. "It's complicated. That mission was rough and it took a lot out of everyone and then we barely had time to recover before we had to go save that girl and I was training and actually putting effort into school for once."
"You have an excuse for everything, Kairi," Trunks said.
"But I didn't intentionally go out of my way to ignore you. You have to understand that. It's just. . . I don't know," I said.
"Sometimes your friends get lost in the hustle and bustle of being Spirit Detective?" he asked. I sighed. "Wow. You even have an excuse for having an excuse."
I groaned. "I can't help it. Sometimes I forget."
"I didn't realize I was so forgettable," he said with a frown.
"You are not forgettable," I said throwing my arms around him dramatically. "You are like one of my best friends! I love you, Trunks! And I promise as soon as all this mess with Tuguro is over we are going to hang out."
"Okay, GJ, I got it," Trunks said ducking out of my hug. He chuckled.
"I'm sorry. Really, I've been a bad friend," I said.
"No you haven't. You're just busy," he said.
"Speaking of busy, I really should go find those guys before a demon tries to kill them," I said getting up and walking to his window. "I'll see you around."
"You're going out the window?" he asked.
"Yeah, why not? I mean, it'd be easier to just fly all the way to Uptown wouldn't it?" I asked, opening it.
"I guess," he said walking over to me. "But you could just as easily fly from the front door."
"Do you want me to fly out the front door? Would that make you happy?" I asked.
"Do what you want, Kairi," he said.
"Okay, then the window it is," I said. "Anything else you have to say to delay my leaving?"
He shook his head and pulled me into a hug.
"I guess I can come back and see you later if all this gets resolved easily," I said.
"I'll hold you to that," he said, letting me go. "See you later."
"Alright," I said.
Maybe I blinked or glanced away for a second, but when my focus came back to Trunks, I was kissing him. My arm were wrapped around him, his fingers were twisting away through my ponytail.
I pushed him away. "Real nice, Trunks."
"What?" he asked.
"Where do you get off kissing me like that? I told I don't like you that way," I said.
"You could've fooled me. You kissed me back," he said.
I rolled my eyes. "I told you, we're just friends. I don't want to be your girlfriend or you make out buddy or anything like that, so just. . . Stop."
Trunks heaved a sigh. "Fine, Kairi."
". . . I'll see you around," I said.
I climbed out the window and started to Uptown, wishing I was 10-years-old again where I didn't have to be concerned about one of my best friends liking me.
In Uptown, I landed on top of an abandoned parking structure and looked out. Even here this was moot.
"I'm never going to find anyone," I said.
I jumped, startled by Hiei randomly showing up like that.
"Geez, way to scare the piss out of me, Hiei," I said.
"Who are you looking for?" he asked.
"You actually," I said. "Also, Kurama, Kuwabara and Yusuke. You haven't seen them have you?"
"Can't say that I have," he replied. "What did you want?"
". . . Tuguro isn't dead," I said. "And he's probably looking for us. Koenma thinks that the five of us were lured there for whatever reason and that the Tuguro brothers are working with a man called Sakyo. They're up to something. Otherwise, would he play dead instead of killing me like we all know he was perfectly capable of doing?"
"Looks like we're going to find out," Hiei said pointing.
There was a loud explosion in the direction he was pointing. I saw that someone had taken a large chunk out of the building.
"Did you see him?"I asked.
"He's on a motorcycle," Hiei said. "And he seems to have found Urameshi."