A/N: This is the product of my overactive imagination, a boring lecturer and disinterest regarding the topic in review. I already tried my hand at Greek mythology; now, I'm dabbling with Biblical themes. I just hope I don't get excommunicated after this. Sorry for whatever typographical and grammatical errors I may have committed. I don't have time to proof-read this.
This story follows the anime version so consequently, SODOM did not happen. All psychic devices are still whole.
Standard Disclaimer: I don't own FoR nor its characters. Anzai Nobuyuki does. The new madougu included herein is not entirely mine either. It is an allusion to one of three items of a Remembrancer in Garth Nix's Abhorsen Trilogy (a good read if you ask me). Credits are also due to Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob ha-Kohen for the story of Samael and Lilith. The title Other God (term used to denote Samael and Lilith's union) is also not mine. Other concepts and themes are taken from the Bible. All I ever did was piece the above mentioned together in one coherent plot. (This fic cost me a lot of cups of coffee and gave me a huge headache.)
Many thanks to the reviewers of From the Books of Ovid…
To satomika: thank you for loving the said fic. I hate to disappoint you, sweetheart; but sadly FBO will never see a chapter 2. However, I am planning to make a companion fic which would cover the same mythological premise I made. What transpired in FBO was not my ideal way to bring Fuuko and Tokiya together. The plot is still blurry, the fic doesn't have a title yet but the research is almost done; so, half the battle is already won. I'm just waiting for chapter 4 or 5 of MIAB before seriously starting on it.
To EiRist: I'm glad you liked the way I turned Fuuko and Tokiya into mythological characters. I must say I liked the way it came out too. As for another fic from me, here you go.
On to the story… ToFuu as always…
Other God by Anne Raven
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
And God created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that moveth, wherewith the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.
And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the ground after its kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Unknown to many, something happened between the sixth and seventh day of Creation, a gospel truth censured from the eyes of the religious. And I feel compelled to tell the story of my youth, my beginning lest it be forgotten. And to be forgotten is worse than death.
How come I remember as far back when clearly I should no longer recall the events prior to my first death? Blame it all on those accursed Hokages and their penchant for creating psychic devices. Sure, some of them were useful like Kagerou's Ekkai Ball and some of them were cool to have like my Fuujin. But a greater number of them swept throughout mankind like a plague, destructive and unwelcome.
"What are you doing here all by yourself?" an ice cold voice pierced my reverie.
"Writing. What else do you think I'm doing?" I said turning towards the welcome visitor and flashing him one of my widest grins.
"About what?" he asked.
I looked straight into his ice blue eyes, a knowing smile forming across my face. He looked earnestly at me, my face reflected in his clear orbs.
"I see." Was all he said.
We were, the two of us, the only inhabitants of the school's rooftop that time. It was already thirty minutes passed dismissal. Recca must have accompanied Yanagi to the day care center by now. Domon surely must be on his way to his mother's flower shop if he isn't there already. Ganko's probably at home. Kauro's most likely just released from Middle School. While Tokiya and I…
Silence is so becoming him. He wasn't the resident Hokage ice prince for nothing.
So, him breaking the reticence caught me a little off guard.
"You'll need this if you want to continue with what you're doing." He pulled out a small metal case from his back pocket and handed it to me.
"Why do you have this? I thought you returned it to Kagerou-san." I asked slightly apprehensive of the object he gave me.
"I told Kagerou-san I needed it again." He deadpanned.
Little did I know that this once-comrade-now-questionable-friend of mine was an important part of my past life.. How did I know? How did I know that this smartass with a sharp tongue and arrogant, cold (oh so cold!) countenance was a fellow reincarnated being? Well, it's this thing's fault.
At the end of the UBS, the winning team had the right to take the psychic device of losing teams and since the Hokage team won, we were given the opportunity to take whatever we wanted.
There was only one psychic device I was interested in, that is Fuujin's main orb. But I sincerely believed that finding the orb amongst the contestants was a futile attempt. The rest of the Hokage did not want any other device. But this madougu…
It was unceremoniously thrust into the hands of Kagerou-san the day before we left for home. The Immortal Woman was dumbfounded when she realized what she was holding. WE never found out who sent it to us. The hotel attendant who brought it to our room said it was a package for the group left at the front desk.
Kagerou honestly said she never expected to see the said device again. She explained that it was one of three devices made by the same person who made the mind control orb she used on me when she first gave me Fuujin. The second was a cauldron that disintegrates the mind of anyone trapped within it. And the third was this, Kuro Kagami.
The Dark Mirror gave its wielder the power to look into memories, to look into the past so to speak. To say that Mikagami was interested was an understatement.
Of course, my natural curiosity got the better of me. Being the only member of Hokage with the guts to gall the ice block, I accompanied him in his first attempt to use the madougu. I had my suspicions as to what use he'd be putting the device to.
"Go away, monkey. I don't want you prying into my business." I remember him say.
"I have a fairly good idea of what you're going to do with that thing, Fridge boy. And since I consider myself as your friend, even if you don't admit that I am, I'd like to be there for you." I told him. "Just try to stop me and I'll whack your head to put some sense into it." I couldn't stop myself. Threats were second nature to me.
He just nodded. If it were anyone else, I would've wrung his neck already for lack of a more appropriate response. But this was Tokiya Mikagami; so, that simple nod was enough to elicit a smile from me. It was a sign that he acknowledged me as his friend; at least, for now.
I knew I should have brought a camera. The look of uncertainty that crossed his face was priceless. Although, I doubt anyone else would be able to identify that. Tokiya is an expert when it comes to hiding his emotions. Too bad he couldn't hide from me.
His past, specially the death of his sister, was a very sensitive topic. I watched him finger the catch of the case and it swung open into halves. He stared at the device as though he was internally debating whether to push through or leave things as they are.
For some reason, I felt profound sadness. It hurts to see him like this, a lost little boy left alone due to some cruel twist of fate. It was too late to stop myself as I realized what I have done.
The distance between us was bridged. And I… I held him. I pressed myself against his back while my arms went firmly around his waist.
"You're not alone anymore." I heard myself whisper.
I was pretty sure he heard me, overdeveloped senses and all. Normally, the position we were in would have felt awkward. Hell, it was nigh impossible for us to be found in such condition yet somehow, it felt right. Tokiya didn't even mind despite the intimate way we looked. WE stayed that way for a while.
"Fuuko, I'd like to start now." He said softly.
"Of course." I replied letting go of him at the same time.
"But stay. I'd like you to stay." He added the moment we lost contact.
I nodded eagerly. It was definitely one of the better days. Mikagami like an open book in front of me, of all people.
"Here. Hold this." He said snatching the Ensui hidden from the inner pockets of his white jacket.
"The Ensui? Are you serious?" I queried but received the object in question. The Ensui I received was loaded with just enough water to be the length of a regular dagger.
Truth is, the inner Fuuko was afraid of the Ensui. It looked a lot deadlier than my Fuujin, as if it was made expressly for killing. I could hardly believe that I was holding it. If life had a tangible representation, his would be the Ensui. It's the most valuable, most prized, most important possession he had. And he was trusting me to hold it.
"Think, Kirisawa. I'll need both my hands to operate this. I need one hand to hold Kuro Kagami and I'll need the other to extract blood from." He said hurriedly. "You'll have to prick my finger with Ensui." He supplied.
"Fuuko, you'll just prick my finger. You're not going to slash my hand off." He uttered with slight annoyance edging his tone. "Are you?"
"No! But seriously, the Ensui? Can't you find a needle?" I said unable to stop myself from pouting.
He laughed. He actually laughed. And the sound was almost too musical. Well, there goes another item to Mikagami's Things that Make Me Perfect List.
"You are being absurd yet funny, Kirisawa. Just do it." he commanded.
Scowling, I raised my left hand in a gesture that asked for his. He gave me his right and I pricked his index finger. Blood immediately pooled out of the cut and he milked it to get more. Satisfied with the amount of blood oozing from his finger, he smeared his blood on one half of the Dark Mirror and gazed at the other.
I heard him mutter words under his breath, the incantation that would activate the madougu. He was too focused not to notice that his finger was still bleeding. I sighed. I never thought Mikagami was an easy bleeder.. I did mention it was one of the better days, right? I had a handkerchief in my pocket. I'm not much of the type who uses these and for once I was glad of the fact. He wouldn't dare complain since I'm using clean cloth. I grabbed the wrist of his hand to steady it and applied pressure on the wound wiping the blood away at the same time.
He has an interestingly calloused hand, and a collection of small scars too, a product, no doubt, of years of meticulous swordsmanship. His hand was a lot bigger than mine. I'm not an authority when it comes to hands but I liked his.
"Look. It's working." Whatever he said was lost to me since he grasped my hand intertwining it with his own the moment he spoke.
I couldn't fight the blush spreading across my cheeks.
I definitely liked his hands.
A/N: This turned out to be longer that I expected. And I thought I'd get away with another one-shot. I'm pretty sure this won't be too long. Three chapters tops.
I constantly have to remind myself not to write "Mi-chan" down. I'm adamant to follow the anime version. I almost wrote down Soukakusai too. The cauldron thing, it's his. I like the concept of branding the three mentioned madougus under one maker like a collection set: mind control, mind disintegration and mind (memory) reading thing. I think it goes well together as a product of the same mind. About Fuujin's orb, Fuuko doesn't know Raiha had it until their destined fight during SODOM so I think it's natural for her to assume the orb never reached UBS.
I think Tokiya is OOC but I like it (both him and the story). See you next chappie. And please do review. It means a lot to me.