Akurei mo Tenshi no Shiseiji

By nightelfcrawler

Warnings: Tasuki's foul 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!


Standard disclaimer: These characters aren't mine they're created by the wonderful Watase Yuu, although I wish they were, Houjun-chan is such a hottie! So don't sue me, I need o-ka-ne right now...

The entire trip took less than a week as planned, there was no snowstorms as they crossed the mountains, no slowdowns aside from the flock of mountain goats that charged them when the accidentally stumbled onto their breeding ground. Aside from that, their trip was uneventful and pleasant. When they finally reached the Akurei lands, they stood on top of a lookout and stared down at the jagged peaks covered with snow, and saw the frequent Akurei flying here and there. They all glanced at Chichiri as if to say 'What now?' since he was the one that the Akurei were looking for.

He sighed and crossed his arms. "Well no da… I suppose we just go down there and someone will notice us no da….or we be furtive and sneak in to the palace and find D'nari no da."

Miare frowned. "How can we be furtive? We'll stand out like a sore thumb down there no matter where we hide."

Chichiri frowned. "I could try a invisibility spell….or transportation…..or even flight for all of us so we can stay up here…or a combination…."

Ori stepped up beside him. "Would it be possible to transport us directly there? That would save a three day's journey."

He nodded. "Hai, I could get there if I knew what it looked like no da…as it is, I've never been there no da."

The others looked thoughtful. "Well… I've never been there, and I doubt anyone else has….." Sou said slowly. "So what other options do we have?"

Chichiri thought for a moment. "There is another way I could transport us there instantly no da, but it's risky no da." They looked expectantly at him. He took a breath. "I could directly transport us to where D'nari's ki is, since I've met him before and recognize it. Now there's no guarantee that when we arrive, we will arrive in a private place no da, so we might cause quite a stir no da, perhaps panic."

They nodded slowly. "But then, we might end up in his bedroom or something too." Sou offered. Chichiri nodded. "Well….. it might be better to take the risk…." He said slowly. "After all, if they see you, they won't attack right away."

Chichiri nodded in agreement. "True no da. So, do we want to risk it no da?"

The others nodded in agreement. "I think it's worth a shot." Ori said calmly drawing his sword. "After all, we can defend ourselves if need be."

Chichiri nodded curtly and closed his eye, bringing his hands up in concentration by his face. A light white ki began to shimmer around him, and then it opened up in a bright light surrounding them all, and then they were swallowed up into the fierce blinding light. When it faded, they found themselves in a dark stone corridor lit with small flickering torches. Chichiri looked a bit weary, but rubbed his forehead and glanced around warily. The Obsidian drew their swords and stood at ready, and the humans looked in both directions cautiously. "So….where is he?" Sou whispered in a hushed voice to Chichiri.

Chichiri closed his eye in concentration again, and then pointed down the hall to the right. "There no da."

They slowly made their way down the corridor, until they came to a closed door at the end. Ori crept up to it on cat's feet and listened with his ear to the door intently for several minutes before nodding to them and whispering in a voice barley audible. "He is in there with one other person. It is a small room, with windows overlooking the mountains most likely."

Chichiri and the humans looked impressed. "How did you know that?" Chou asked in a soft voice with a curious look.

Ori smiled and tapped his head. "We have sharper senses than humans do."

Chichiri smiled and shook his head. "Let me go first no da." He walked up to the door and knocked politely on it, startling all of them, making them jump back in shock.

"You IDIOT!" Hissed Miare angrily. "What are you thinking?"

Chichiri merely smiled lightly and turned his attention back to the door as a familiar voice spoke up. "Who is it?"

"D'nari-san? It's Chichiri."

There was silence for a while, then sudden footsteps rushing towards the door, and it was yanked open to reveal the muscular young militant leader of the Akurei staring at him with wide violet eyes. "My god! You're here!" He stared down the hall at the others in bewilderment. "What…"

Chichiri smiled and put a hand on his shoulder. "Daijoubu na no da. We'll explain it all no da. Can we come in so we don't draw attention no da?"

D'nari instantly shifted aside. "Yes yes, please!" He gestured, and they all entered warily into the room, and he closed and bolted the door after them. "My god…. We thought you were dead…. Or worse! What happened? We'd heard you'd disappeared without a trace and the Tenshi wouldn't tell us a thing!"

Chichiri shook his head. "Long story no da." He proceeded to tell him the whole thing, and the others stood there politely listening, having become adjusted with D'nari's positive behavior towards them.

When Chichiri finished, D'nari leaned back deep in thought. "Sou….." He murmured, then a smile lit his face. "Chichiri, you're truly a genius!" He slapped the monk on the back. "Not only do you return here better than when I left you, but you have already started organizing the other races!" He shook his head and turned to the others. "Forgive me, but I don't believe we were properly introduced." He bowed to them. "I am Lord D'nari of the Akurei empire, counsel to the advisors of the Regent." He smiled. "And it is a complete shock and honor for me to finally see the other races that have been rumored to exist, but I have never had the pleasure of meeting."

The humans and the Obsidian seemed taken aback, but bowed in return and introduced themselves formally. They felt more confidant now that they had before they had met him. Chichiri sighed in relief, and glanced to the side, and his eye widened in slight surprise. There was someone else standing there in the back of the room by the shadows… He glanced over to see all of the others talking among themselves, and slipped away unnoticed to approach the person. He smiled lightly, but the figure seemed to want to retreat. He stopped. "Daijoubu na no da…." He said gently. He held out a hand to the person. "I'm Chichiri na no da."

The figures seemed hesitant, but slowly accepted his hand and shook it shyly. "A….atashi wa….." a soft feminine voice spoke lowly, "Kouri."

Chichiri smiled gently at her, and bowed. "A pleasure to make your acquaintance na no da."

She smiled shyly, lowering her head so that the shadows covered it more. He shook his head in slight amusement and glanced back at the others. "Why don't you join us no da?"

She didn't answer right away, and he glanced at her, and she spoke softly in her timid voice. "Because….. I'm different than they…."

He raised an eyebrow and glanced at her. "How so no da?"

She never got to answer, since another voice called out. "Oi, Chichiri?" He turned his head to see the others staring in his direction. D'nari beckoned. "Come on you two…. Join us."

Chichiri felt Kouri tense beside him, but he smiled reassuringly at her. "Daijoubu na no da. I'm different too no da, but they are as well. We're all different in our own way no da." And with that he took her hand and gently pulled her forward. She followed him tentatively into the middle of the room.

D'nari put a hand on his shoulder as he joined them. "So I see you've met my daughter."

Chichiri smiled and glanced at her. She was stunningly beautiful, he couldn't understand why she would want to hide from everyone. She had long deep violet hair, slightly wavy, and half pulled back into a half braid going down her back. She had a light black shade of skin, more grayish brown than black, and her eyes, though lowered, were a light crystal blue color. She was slender and well proportioned, and she also had glossy black feathers like he did. She was also about his height.

Chichiri glanced at her with a smile. "Hai no da. She's your daughter no da?" He asked curiously, something not meeting right in his mind suddenly.

He smiled and wrapped an arm around her shoulders and squeezed her. "Yes, she is."

Chichiri blinked, then his eye widened. "Wait….didn't you say…." He started uncertainly giving him a glance.

D'nari smiled lightly. "Say what Chichiri-sama?"

Chichiri blinked uncertainly. "I thought…. Your race was male no da….."

"It is."

Everyone blinked in surprise, and turned their gazes to the young woman by his side, and then realization passed across Chichiri's face. "Sou da na…." He murmured with a smile. "Wakatta." He chuckled to himself and smiled at Kouri. "Then we have more similarities with each other than you supposed na no da."

She glanced hesitantly up at him and favored him with a small smile. The others just glanced at each other and shrugged. "So, what now?" Ori asked.

D'nari smiled. "Well, I'll bring Chichiri to the council upon an emergency meeting. I'm not sure if it would be wise to bring all of you at the same time, or to wait a few days…. What do you think Chichiri-sama?" He asked, turning to the mage.

Chichiri closed his eye in thought, rubbing his chin lightly. "Hmm….. I think it would be best to bring everything out into the open at once no da, get everything cleared out so that no one feels we are attempting to hide anything from them no da."

Everyone nodded in agreement at that suggestion. "Reasonable enough." D'nari said with a straightening of his shoulders. "Then I'll call an emergency meeting for tomorrow at noon. Everyone will be there, all of us, all of the regents, and…." He glanced at his daughter. "You will go as well my dear."

Her eyes widened in fear. "Me? But….."

"It is time that the regents be aware of your existence my dear." He said tenderly taking her chin in his hand. "Chichiri and you are the only existing ones of your particular kind. No that he is here, it's time for you to stop hiding."

She lowered her head in a near shameful look, but her father hugged her tightly to him. "Enough of this my dear… it must be done. Besides, you can't live your whole life this way, in hiding and secrecy. You deserve so much more!"

Chichiri smiled sadly to himself, understanding what she must be going through. He glanced at the others, and saw they didn't understand it as he did, so let it go. He glanced back to see a small tear trickle from her cheek onto her father's shoulder.

His heart throbbed inside of him, but he forced himself to stay out of it. There was little he could do to offer comfort to her at this point. Once the two had parted, D'nari straightened up. "Well then, I'll find some rooms for you and get you all some food. You're most likely starving at this point, ne?" He smiled warmly. "This way please." He headed towards the door, and the group followed.

Chichiri threw a glance back at the young woman standing at the wide window, looking forlorn and unhappy, and paused for a moment watching her. He wanted to go over and say something, feeling somewhat at the center of her unhappiness….. but he stood there, not able to move or say anything to her.

Finally, he turned away and followed the disappearing group down the hallway, a strange empty feeling inside of his chest, pounding at his heart and soul…..