The Gift of the Gods
Forigners in a Strange Land

By nightelfcrawler

Warnings: Tasuki's bad mouth

Okay so... in chatting with an rp partner, we ended up discovering that we had been a part of the same fandoms some 10+ years ago. She ran a website that hosted some of my old fics... which made me drag out some old dvds that I'd saved my webpages on... and lo and behold, I found these old fics hanging around still and decided heck why not bring them back. So here they are, a trip down memory lane! These were written in the late 90's and early 2000's when I went by too many psudonyms to remember. I actually forgot who I was until I physically saw the fics listed and went 'oh crap I remember those!'. Ahh memories.

Be warned... these were my first attempts at writing and are likely riddled with grammar, spelling and other noted errors. I've read through them, blushed furiously that I used to write like this, and decided to put them up anyway as-is with no revisions. So please enjoy, but don't bother correcting or whining, they shall be ignored!

ChichiriDA's note: Ok, I'm sorry but I'm not being consistant. I stop using the &%$# for Tasuki's swearing sometimes, so if the language offends you, gomen nasai.

Standard Disclaimer: I didn't create these characters, Yuu Watase did so don't sue me, onigai?


"Now remember you two, you had better bring me something back from that world, especially YOU Tasuki, or I WILL KICK YOUR ASS!"


Busy cars flashed back and forth on the street like fleeting images from a dream. High rises spired up into the blue sky like stalagmites jutting from a cavern. People crowded the sidewalks, rushing back and forth in their busy ways, not involved with anyone else, but only their own business, as it usually is in large cities.

Two faces stared, awed at the surrounding scene, and the passer-by's attention was drawn to them much like a moth to a flame. It wasn't the bright colored hair that they each had, though many wondered how they could dye it such shades, but their outlandish forign clothing and possesions, plus their baffled astonished looks.

Of course, Chichiri noticed instantly that something was amiss when he got a closer look at the people's clothing around them. It became painfully obvious that they stood out, and regaining his senses before his companion did, Chichiri quickly put a hand on Tasuki's shoulder, and they dissappeared, startling the onlookers once again.

Reappearing in a place where Chichiri had sensed there was less people, the two glanced around the busy city streets.

"Geeze, I've never seen stuff like this before. Ya sure Miaka and Taka live here?"

"Well, this is the place that Taisu-kun sent us to, so I would assume so no da." The mage stared outside of the ally. "Mou, there are alot of people and alot of those fast metal buggies na no da."

"Yeah, well are we gonna stay here or gonna look for them?"

"First we need to be able to blend in a bit better I think na no da." Chichiri studied some of the clothing styles, then staightened. " OK, no da." He turned and made a gesture at Tasuki, and there was a sudden poof.

"What the hell?" He looked down and stared at his new wardrobe consisting of slacks, a collered shirt, and an overcoat, plus some sneakers. "Geeze, how can they wear stuff like this? It's so weird!" He glanced up at another poof to see Chichiri wearing a T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, and a baseball cap. "Wow, Chichiri, looking good!"

"DAA!" Chichiri grinned, and then frowned suddenly. "Umm, Tasuki-kun..." He fingered his mask and looked decidedly uncomfortable. "I think even if I wear this it'll stand out no da..."

"Umm, yeah, I guess it would...maybe...ummm I guess people in this world would think your scar was pretty odd too..."

Then Tasuki grinned. "Hey, what about some of those." He pointed at a passerby with sunglasses on. "That would work!"

"DA! You're right na no da!" Instantly a pair of sunglasses was on Chichiri's face, effectively hiding his scar quite well.

"Right, then let's go!" The two wandered out onto the street, no one giving them more than a second look now. After staring at the numerous fancies and new things, Tasuki sighed. "Well, maybe we should look for them now instead of admiring the view. My feet are getting pinched in these things!"

"Sure no da." Chichiri concentrated, frowning in thought as they leaned against a tall bulding. After a long silence, Chichiri sighed. It's no use na no da...there's so much confusing chi here...I can't seem to locate them no da!"

"Damn," Tasuki said piquied. "So ya mean there's no way we can find them? After coming all this way?"

The two didn't notice that three people had stopped behind them and were staring with surprised expressions on their faces.

"No, no da...Maybe someone knows where Miaka-chan lives no da..."

"Oh, yeah right, in this mess of people? There's got to be millions of folks here, and it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack!"

"...umm..."

Tasuki was practically startled out of his wits as a hand was laid on his shoulder from behind him. Leaping into the air, he whirled around and glared at the man who had stepped forward. "What!"

"Ano...you're Tasuki, right?"

"Yeah," he looked at the man suspiciously, "Who the hell are you?"

"Ano, Tasuki-kun" Chichiri laid a hand on his shoulder, "I think that's Yui-chan over there, right no da?"

Smiling brightly, Yui extened a hand and warmly shook with Chichiri. "Wow, Chichiri isn't it, it's been a while!"

Smiling back, "Hai, Seryuu no Miko-sama, that it has no da!"

Grinning broadly, the lighter haired of the men broke forward and began shaking Chichiri's hand vigourusly. "Alright! It's such an honor to meet you finally in person! I want to thank you so much for taking care of Miaka while she was with you, I especially owe you two...you both tended to look after her the most, especailly when..."

"Keisuke..."

"...she tended to get in situations where she was in over her head and..."

"Keisuke..."

"...and if it haden't been for you, Chichiri, that one time she was being attacked by Nakago and you came in and..."

"Hey, shithead!"

Keisuke promptly stopped when Tasuki tapped his tessen on his shoulder.

"Maybe you could stop shaking his arm so hard, neh? Looks like it'll come off if you keep it up!"

Realizing this, and seeing the pained look on Chichiri's face, Keisuke promptly let go and apoligized. "I'm sorry Chichiri-sama I guess I'm just very honored to meet you finally, after reading so much about you two that is!"

Chichiri was rubbing his arm sorely, then shoved his sunglasses up his nosebridge a bit, seeing that they had fallen down. "Daijoubu na no da! I'm honored to meet Miaka's Oniichan at last too no da!" He then lifted the glasses a bit, rubbing his nose bridge.

"Oi, Chichiri, you ok?"

"Hai, just these things rub right were it's tender no da..."

"Maybe you should put your mask on...gives it more padding."

"No, I'm trying to do without it for a while..."

"Oh yeah right, forgot. Sorry."

"So, guys, what are you doing here? I mean...is something wrong in the "Shijin Tenchi Sho?""

"No no da, we just wanted to come say hi to Miaka and Taka-kun no da!"

"Yeah, that's right, say hi to the buggers and all!"

"Ah, well that's great! Then they'll be thrilled to see you!"

Tetsuya grinned and put his arm around Yui. "Yeah, as a matter of fact we were talking about you the other day! We're having a big party this weekend and everyone we...ouch!" He rubbed his side where Yui had elbowed him roughly. She was glaring at him in a way that told Chichiri that they were hiding something from them.

"Yes, well Miaka and Taka are on a little..."trip" right now, they'll be back for the party on Saturday. Why don't you two stay with us for the next few days; we can show you around Tokyo!"

Chichiri looked at Tasuki and shrugged. "Sure na no da. We have noplace to be, and we'd love to see this world no da!"

So the group headed out to Tetsuya's apartment, the Yuuki apartment being decorated for the party and pretty messy. Upon arriving, Chichiri removed the sunglasses, as they were rubbing and forming a raw spot on his nose. Tetsuya and Keisuke couldn't help but staring a bit since they had never seen his scar before. Chichiri pretended not to notice and took a fancy to the view outside from the balcony.

"Wow, no da! What a sight no daa!"

Tasuki wandered over and stared too. "Yeah, it's so...forign!" The others joined them grinning.

"Yeah, I suppose it is new for you guys, isn't it? Must be different from Konan, neh?"

"Hai, very." Chichiri murmered, awe on his face. "So many...tall buildings...I've never seen anything that tall before no da!"

The others laughed and retreated back inside. The rest of the day passed uneventfully, though for the two seishi it was a whole new world of sights and wonders. Tasuki freaked out when Keisuke turned the television on, and Chichiri was fascinated by it. They rode the train, and Chichiri wanted to know how such magic enabled it to stay on the tracks. Tasuki was admiring of the car ride, wanting to give it a try himself. At the end of the day, the two collapsed on the sofas and started snoring away, exhausted from the days adventures.

As Chichiri fell asleep, he marvled at why he hadn't thought of coming here sooner, there were so many new things to see and experience. Closing his eye and sighing peacefully, he wondered what tomorrow would be like.