Disclaimer: I do not own Bloody Roar or any of the character within. The character Shinn is fan-made by me however.

AN: My second fanfic remake. Hope this comes out a good as my Heart of a Gear remake

A New Friend

Tylon Foundation...

A bio-engineering company that used it resources and technology to conduct horrific experiments of people, turning them into human-animal hybrids of incredible power and strength known as zoanthropes...

Eight years ago, a group of zoanthropes rose up and fought again the company, ultimately bringing about its destruction. However, in the midst of those flames, dark legacies emerged from within.

One of whose story is about to be told.

"Hey Kenji, wait for me!"

Dashing away from the school, Uriko Nonomora caught up to her friend, Kenji Ohgami, as he began to seat himself down on his bike. Finally catching up with him, Uriko stopped and bent forward, almost against him, as she caught her breath. His expression was neutral at first, but then his lips curled up into a slight smirk.

"You finally caught up."

Her head snapping up, Uriko glared at Kenji. "Ugh, you're such a meanie, Kenji!"

Kenji simply shrugged and turned forward, with Uriko climbing onto the back to the bike. Together, they rode off out of the school yard, heading for the open street. However, a commotion on the street corner caught their attention and Kenji slowed down to see what it was. It was a group of five boys, with one of them being cornered in while the four closed in on him. The dirt and marks of the group, the single boy in particular, told Kenji exactly what was happening.

A fight...

Kenji frowned, not liking the fact of a person being bullied, especially by a group of four larger boys. He even recognized on the lead bully as Taka, who was known for picking on smaller students or newcomers. The boy they were picking on may have be either, since he was smaller than Taka and Kenji didn't regonize him. But even still, it didn't look like he was going down without a fight.

"Hey! Leave him alone!"

Forgetting that Uriko was with him, Kenji didn't take into account her reaction to the scene and only watch as she hopped off from behind him and dashed toward the scene. 'Impulsive...' Regardless of this, Kenji moved in behind to back her up. As he did, he was able to take in the scene more closely, amazed by what he saw. The four bullies seemed to be sporting more injuries than their target. Taka in particular revealed that his nose was bloodied as he turned to Uriko's call, who had stopped in front of them with a scowl on her face.

"Why don't you guys pick on someone your own size?"

The larger boy growled at her. "Stay out of this, little girl." But his gaze then shifted over to Kenji's approaching form and he paused for a moment. When Kenji first arrived in school, he had become one of Taka's targets. But that was a brief time and Derrick quickly found out that the younger Ohgami wasn't someone to trifle with and hasn't messed with him since. And he wasn't in a rush to do so now.

Especially not with the silent death-glare Kenji was giving him right now...

Waving to his compatriots, Taka walked away and left the targeted boy alone. As the others followed suit, Uriko stuck her tongue out at them. If it was one thing she couldn't stand was bullies. She soon turned her attention to the young man they had helped. He was around the same size and build as Kenji, with nothing really distinguishing about his form save for the light, pale-ish complextion of his skin and completely pale-white hair of short-medium length.

"Are you alright?"

The boy looked up at her and Uriko held a gasp. His eyes were a dark hazel, but they seemed darker than they appeared. Furthermore, though he didn't seem to be glaring, his eyes held a piercing, almost swordlike, gaze to it. Blinking, the boy nodded in silence and then turned about to pick up his bag. It took a minute for Uriko to regain her wits and frown at him.

"Hey, don't we get a thank you?"

The boy turned his gaze back to her and again, Uriko felt his eyes bore right through her. But then he cocked his head to the side and spoke in a near whisper.

"Thank you."

Uriko tried to force a smile to come up, but then noticed the cut near one of his eyes. Holding up her hand to stop him from leaving, the girl then went into her own bag and pulled out a first-aid kit. 'Sis was right. This does come in handy.' Pulling out a band-aid, Uriko leaned forward and gently placed it over the injury, smoothing it out afterward. The boy tilted his head again, with his eyes showing slight confusion at her action. Uriko didn't seem to notice that, however, and grinned at her work.

"Much better." Backing away, she smiled; this time without it being forced. "So, what's your name?"

The boy didn't answer and simply stared at her. Uriko blinked at his silence, but she didn't let that deter her in the least.

"I'm Uriko. Uriko Nonomura. Oh, and this is Kenji."

His eyes slowly shifted over to the dark-haired youth behind Uriko and Kenji simply stared back in return. The piercing gaze of the boy didn't affect Kenji like it did Uriko, but he did find it a bit curious. His gaze moving back to Uriko, the young man blinked again, slowly this time, and replied in the same quiet voice.

"Shinn... My name is Shinn."

"Well, it's nice to meet you Shinn." Uriko smiled.

The boy nodded to her and then began to move away. "I...should go."

"Oh." Her smile faded a bit, but only for a moment and then her face brightened again. "Well maybe we'll see you tomorrow."

Again, Shinn tilted his head, his sharp eyes regarding her with open curiousity. But to Uriko's pleasure, the young man gave her a brief, but small smile. "Maybe."

With that, the boy walked away, quietly moving down the sidewalk until he was out of sight. The pair watched him go for a bit before Uriko turned around to Kenji.

"He sure is strange, don't you think?"


"Mm?" The girl pouted. "Is that all you have to say?"

Kenji shrugged lightly. "Not much else to say."

"Guah!" she exclaimed. To this day, Kenji's calm and cool attitude frustrated her to no end. Glancing back down, she continued. "Still, he seemed nice. He seems...kind of like you actually."

The young man blinked. "Like me?"

"Yep." Grinning a bit, she turned back to him. "He has that whole quiet brooding thing like you."

"I do not brood." he retorted.

"Yes you do."



Kenji sighed. "Can we go now?"

Grinning at her 'victory', Uriko resumed her place on the back of Kenji's bike and held on to his shoulders as he rode off, with both thinking a bit about the young man that they had helped save. And not knowing that destiny (or fate, whichever you perfer) would draw the three of them together again.