Hiei had been looking for Yukina for fifteen years now all over Ningenkai. He had been to many countries, and he encountered a child who was similar to him. Unwanted. But the child had great yet untrained power. Feeling kinship, he took the child along for the ride. YYH-HP male/male
Albus Dumbledore put that particular memory into his pensieve.
He had no idea what to make out of it, to be completely honest.
Things like demons, a world of demons, a totally unknown Tournament with crazy prizes up for grabs to any lucky team up till now and then Harry Potter resorting to desperate measures because he didn't want to die at just an adolescent age. He knew this is one thing to keep down to his grave as this indeed, will cause hell and havoc among the populace. And what can a handful of leaders do against hundreds of panicking citizens outnumbering them? No way! But no way could he ever forget those pointy ears, and Lily Potter's green eyes with slitted pupils framed with long lashes.
That, and he heard that the Boy-Who-Lived is gay for a second time.
Honestly. Then again, who is he to talk? He was in love with Gellert Grindelwald before the man's madness and became the First Dark Lord! And somehow, he was glad to know that he's not the only gay one here. Now it's not so lonely.
Back in Japan...
Kurou was keeping an eye on the 'introduction class' Genkai set up but oddly enough, Karasu tagged along! Kurou found this amusing as he watched from afar. They got through Kaito's stage...and nobody noticed that Yanagisawa switched with Kuwabara after knocking him out with KO gas and posed as him, and Genkai dragged Kuwabara away after Yanagisawa took his clothes. He suppressed as much of his powers as he could before joining her on the Third Floor.
'You're back.' said Genkai. 'Well?'
'It's underground.' Kurou told her. 'But we can't just blast a hole in the city, humans will come being nosy busybodies so we still have to go in the proper way.' Kurou said wryly. 'Moreover, I had to deal with my kind again prior to becoming a youkai. The Japanese Ministry was trying rather futilely to stop our situation in Mushiyori. The International Confederate of Wizards got involved and my old Headmaster called me to explain if I know something. And I had to explain just so they'd stop poking their business in a situation that's way above their paygrade. I went as far as spooking them with the full force of my power.'
'I see. Won't it cause complications?'
'Meh, they're a bunch of old men, all near B-Class too.' said Kurou as he sat down. 'So I told them to watch it or they'll end up like I did. And no wish can save them unlike me.'
'I see...get the wizards out of Mushiyori.' Genkai instructed, 'Wizards getting involved is the last thing we need, seriously.' Kurou vanished.
Kurou returned to his true form, dressed in his usual fashion. He was hidden to the presences of CCTVs and can go anywhere he pleased. No human with no power can see him either so he can roam about as he pleased. He was relaxing for now though. Despite the dangerous situation, he quite enjoyed the fresh air. The Makai Air purified the human stink from his new demonic nose. The downside was the bugs, and he was making a game of 'shoot the bug' with the tiniest Rei Gun he could make. 10 points for the smallest bug and 100 points for the biggest bug. However, a shadow loomed on him and that's the last thing he remembered.
He regained consciousness to find himself in darkness and...rubble? 'Wha?'
'You're finally awake.' Kurou jumped at the voice behind him with a squeak and quickly turned around to see a tall man dressed in a black shirt and jeans.
'Who're you?' Kurou asked him warily.
'It's in my best interest that you stay with me for a while.' the man chuckled. 'Don't worry, Uraotoko is comfortable. If you want to sit, the space will accommodate. Same for lying down to sleep despite how this space looks. And time does not pass here.'
'But why did you take me? Who are you?' Kurou asked him again as in a blink, the man was in front of him. He knew that this man, is dangerous. He reached to touch him and he cringed by instinct but all he got was a pat on the head.
'You really are a child despite that body. Only children do that and only do when they know they're about to get spanked.' the man chuckled. 'Maybe once humanity is punished for their crimes, I might consider adopting you.'
'B-but I already have a father.' Kurou stammered out.
'That won't exactly stop me for being your mother.' and he was gone, leaving Kurou with a puzzled and baffled look.
'Adopt that man-child, really?' Itsuki chuckled as Sensui was back.
'Naru finds him adorable.' said Sensui with amusement. 'What do you think?'
'He is an individual with also three personalities from what we see.' Itsuki mused thoughtfully. 'Evident in the fourth round. They call each other 'child', 'dark', and the 'logic'. Self-explanatory. But they merged to become one entity once more. I've never seen such an intriguing case. And you say Naru wants him?'
'We're alike, Itsuki. And Naru does not want that young one to end up like I did.' Sensui smiled softly. 'She was always the kind and gentle one.'
"Naru would have been YOU if it wasn't for that night." Itsuki thought wryly.
Meanwhile...the others felt it. The minute Kurou was taken, his 'presence' vanished, as if he did not exist.
'He's gone...' Yusuke swore as they all felt it.
'He's taken somewhere but who has the ability to make it as if he doesn't exist?' Genkai muttered darkly. 'We better find him and we will do it in teams of three. Splitting up now will be foolish considering if they even managed to nab Kurou.' she said grimly. 'And for Kurou of ALL people...we're in a terrible situation.' indeed, they're in trouble. Because Kurou is a sorcerer, he has needed abilities all of them don't have; he was a jack-of-all-trades and they have wanton destruction but not much help in their investigating capabilities.
Without Kurou, they can't navigate the cave! But for now, they encountered...problems...
In the meantime...
Kurou was visited daily by Sensui in his Naru personality. He was interested in him, a demon! 'Why?' Kurou asked him and this time, he is in his child body. 'Why are you interested in me?'
'I found you intriguing since the Tournament.' said Sensui. 'I was watching you know. I found that I wanted to know all about you. I did say I want to adopt you, right?'
'As my mother huh...but wouldn't you have to marry my father for that?' Kurou giggled as outside, Itsuki was twitching. He could hardly picture Shinobu with a tiny boy! And for the record, he is HIS!
'I don't have to because I already have someone.' said Sensui kindly. 'But that doesn't mean I can't have you.' he said while gently hugging the boy. Kurou was puzzled with this gesture but he felt very warm and fuzzy. What's he doing that's causing this weird emotion? It felt...good?
'Um...what do you call what you're doing mister?' Kurou asked him curiously. 'It feels nice.' Sensui in his personality was off him as if he recoiled from touching something hot.
'Y-you don't know what a hug is?'
'What's that?' came the purely-innocent question and the poor kid really doesn't know what a hug is! The Naru in Sensui was horrified and distraught. Sensui shook. What child wouldn't know? This one does! Kurou looked at him with genuine curiosity. He honestly didn't know what to feel of this.
'A hug comes from a person who truly cares for, or loves you.' Sensui explained. 'They hug you to comfort you when you're upset, be happy for you when you achieved something great, welcome you home, and make you feel safe and loved by the person who loves you most.'
'Really? That's what a hug is? You care for me even though we just met?' Kurou croaked incredulously but...
'You mean you never got a hug before?' Kurou shook his head. 'Why not?'
'Dunno? I didn't even know that existed until you told me!' Kurou piped up much to the older man's dismay.
'Didn't your father hug you?'
'Nope...then again...father wouldn't know how.' Kurou sighed and deflated. 'He once told me...we were alike.'
'Our families didn't want us. He wouldn't know how to...love but he definitely does care.' Kurou said sulkily. 'For the longest time until father saved me, I was in the dark. My mouth and throat was always dry everyday, my stomach would growl and I feel so weak. I didn't know what was going on but that's my daily experience, until father came and took me out. I saw light and color for the first time. I tasted water and food for the first time. I was in the cupboard under the stairs locked with seven padlocks yet there's a strange ward around the house I was in. I got my name because of how father saved me. He pierced through that strange barrier and the prison I was in. He had no idea why I was locked up like that while the people who are apparently my family went off to the amusement park. But he found me as skin and bones with no life nor hope in my eyes.' Sensui was shocked before shock turned to anger.
'Father raised me and taught me since I knew nothing...I can't even talk and when I'm smart enough to understand, I was in shock for a week.' said Kurou bitterly. 'Why would they do that to me when I never did anything to them? I grew up in a dark cupboard with nothing else, locked up like an animal. These monsters couldn't be my family...family would and should never do that, he said so I renounced them. I hated humans for what they've done to me when I never did anything. And I wanted to be a youkai like father...youkai are much nicer if a youkai willingly adopted an unwanted child. And I wished to become one after my team won. But...'
'EVERYTHING STINKS!' Kurou wailed in dismay, causing Naru-Sensui to go O.O. 'Youkai senses are double by a factor of ten compared to humans! No matter where I go, it stinks! Not even the provinces are fresh! I'm just glad a friend of mine lives in the mountains so I've been shacking up with that person. But since Mushiyori changed, the air here is fresh and clean so I've been staying here...I could do without the bugs though. They're something that should be in fiction stories and I've been playing 'shoot the bug' to pass time...'
'Yes, even I felt that way on my first time to Ningenkai long before I met you.' Itsuki twitched at the sour memory. 'It reeked to high heaven because the humans' lifestyle makes their atmosphere so terribly polluted. If not for the fact that I needed food some centuries ago, I wouldn't have bothered and settle for lesser demons instead even if the taste is disgusting compared to human...and Kurou is a new youkai. If he truly is anything like us, it'll take him a few decades to get used to it.'
'You're kidding?!' came the disbelieving snort.
Due to being in Uraotoko, days passed by without Kurou knowing. Naru-Sensui gave him books, snacks and drinks to pass time and slowly, he was growing to like the man as another parent figure in his life. All Kurou wanted was family and to be loved. He also liked being hugged because he felt that he is loved whenever he was hugged. Afterall, not even Hiei hugged him because he doesn't know what love is. How can you love when you've never been loved yourself?
Soon, Kurou found himself joined by his teammates, Karasu and a boy he's not familiar with. 'Oh!'
'Kurou!' Kuwabara, Kurama, Karasu and Hiei cried. 'You're here too?!'
'I've been here for hours considering the books I have here and I think I've gone through with them.' said Kurou. 'Sensui-san is really nice to me!' he chirped. 'He wouldn't tell me why I have to be in this weird space though.'
'Hours? Dude, you've been gone for DAYS!' Kuwabara sputtered as it's now Kurou's turn to be shocked. The kid clearly didn't know. 'We've been frantically looking for you!'
'D-days?' he said weakly as he found himself hugged tight by Hiei, genuinely surprising him.
'You idiot...' he choked out. 'Do you have any idea how worried I was?'
'Father...' and his father hugged him after several years. He was really happy that he hugged back happily. 'I'm sorry...I thought it was hours. Sensui-san said that time in Uraotoko doesn't pass so my perception with time is a bit...screwed.' he admitted weakly. 'I assumed that by reading books, hours passed.'
'Indeed, you were here for days.' Itsuki chose to appear before them. 'Because Shinobu wanted to protect you.'
'Protect Kurou by keeping my son hostage?!' Hiei growled furiously as two 'windows' opened and they could see the limestone caves and the hole. There alone, was Yusuke and Sensui.
'Yes...Shinobu watched the tournament while I was here, opening the tunnel with my powers.' said Itsuki. 'He found Kurou similar to him.'
'How am I similar to Sensui-san?' Kurou croaked out. 'All I know is that he's strong by instinct...he could beat all of us here and he could do anything but he really is kind to me.' Itsuki smiled.
'That's what Shinobu truly is...until ten years ago.' said Itsuki softly. 'He was Reikai Tantei before Urameshi Yusuke...and I was his assistant.' he said. 'Since he was a child, Shinobu was attacked on a daily basis for his power as humans with high rei are tasty to us demons. He had a black and white view of the world thus...humans are good, monsters are evil. He was recruited as a tantei by Koenma around Urameshi's age and he is very dedicated and zealous to his job. I was among the demons he caught. He would have killed me if I hadn't begged to let me live another day so I can watch the final episode of my favorite human TV show. Turns out he likes that show too and he agreed. We even watched together. We discovered that we somehow held similar interests and he didn't lay a hand on me again...and I found that I can't live without this person. He is mine.'
'He's your mate then.' said Kurou softly. 'But how am I similar to him? Sensui-san was really kind and caring. He can't be like me. He knew love, I don't.'
'Both of you are pure souls.' Itsuki told him. 'And he didn't want you turning out like he did and you're almost there yourself, which was why he wanted to adopt you to take you away. Look at him closely.' they watched the battle to see Sensui changed. His expression was something like that of a yakuza and he had...a gun arm? 'He has switched to 'Kazuya'.' Kurama and Kurou looked at him sharply. 'See?'
'Multiple Personalities...like me?' Kurou gasped. 'And this one looks like a Yakuza with a prosthetic transplant!' he exclaimed.
'Shinobu's sorrow through his never-ending battles and a rude wake-up call to reality led to the creation of these personalities.' Itsuki told them. 'The 'Sensui' you met and known was 'Minoru'. A prideful man who talks too much but not much of a fighter. The shock of his defeat called out 'Kazuya'. He tends to finish the job. He'll even kill a newborn baby.' much to collective horrors. 'There's seven including Shinobu. Three goes to fight and the others are in charge of other things. One of them is Naru, the 'Sensui' Kurou talked to in his time here. She's a girl with a naïve, innocently spotless personality that easily cries who pours her heart to me and the one who wanted to adopt Kurou as her child.' many jaws dropped. 'She usually comes out when it's just us. After my mate, she's my favorite.'
'No wonder he said 'mother' to me at the time...is Sensui-san that bad off that his personalities are so...individual?' Kurou choked in dismay.
'Yes. Unlike you who only has three...the child you wanted to be but can never be, the dark you became from the life you have and the mind who's the one fighting winning battles. You're so eerily similar Naru wanted to protect you by keeping you away just so you'd stay pure. The three you split up weren't really personalities per say but aspects of your characters that gained sentience, yet to have individuality because that is what it means to have split personalities. They must be truly individual. Naru didn't want you to become like them and she'll shield you from the humans you despised so much if she has to...hence, she asked me to shut you in here until it's all over.'
'Over...' Kurou choked.
'The Tunnel is almost open...and humanity that destroyed the man I love dearly and the humanity that caused you pain will soon disappear. Nothing can stop it now.' Itsuki chuckled in anticipation. 'Maybe with these disgusting creatures gone...he'll be whole once more and I can finally have him back. If I have to aid in destroying humanity that destroyed him so...so be it.'