Hello, guys. I am finally back with the next chapter. Sorry for the major delay on this one. You would not believe how sick I was. I ended up with some horrendous viral infection that would NOT go away! After several weeks of medicine and bedrest, I am finally better I am pleased at all the votes I've been getting on my poll. Thank you guys so much for your feedback. I have decided that the RPG/Visual novel is ago. :D I have gathered a lot of resources already, and I'm ready to begin voice-acting auditions. There will be two ways to submit your auditions. 1) You can email me your audio clip(Shadowwolf04 ). 2) Video submission on YouTube(Channel: MokaAkashiya01). I hope to include everyone that would like to be involved. You can visit my DeviantArt page for information as well(I will be posting the cast roster there as well. My DeviantArt profile is Shadowwolf04). The roster sheet will show which characters are still available, their voice-actors, and which characters still need voices. ALL voice actors will be credited in the credits. Unfortunately, I will not be able to pay anyone for their services. This is a strictly for fun project. I will not be asking for any money whatsoever for the game when it is released. I will be using either Mediafire or RPG to host the download. Anyway, that is WAY more than enough of my babbling. On with the story!
Warnings: Minor Language, and explicit sexual material/suggestive themes.
New Beginnings and a Vampire
Moka's eyes widened, her head beginning to spin. Was this really happening? All coherent thought froze in her mind as she felt the last of the buttons on her shirt being undone. Suddenly dumbstruck, all she could seem to do was shiver as she felt her mate's gentle hands on her, now bare, skin.
Tsukune gave a warm smile, gently maneuvering her out of her unbuttoned shirt. Tossing the garment to the floor, he quickly turned his attention back to his shocked, blushing mate. He knew that he was acting much bolder than normal with her, and he only hoped that she wasn't too upset with him, though judging from her reactions, anger was the last emotion swirling around inside of her. Leaning down, he gently pressed their lips together. Tugging her bottom lip into his mouth, he gently nipped, causing Moka to instantly shudder as a soft moan escaped her unbidden.
In all honesty, she couldn't believe she was letting him get away with this. Every instinct she had was calling for her to reverse their positions, however, she forced herself to ignore it the second his gentle hands reached around her back to unclip her pink bra. She couldn't help the soft purr that fell from her lips when she finally felt his slightly trembling hands on her bare breasts. In that moment, she was positive that there was no way she could possibly love this man any more than she did.
The vampiress was startled by the tears that began to run down her pale cheeks. What on Earth was wrong with her?! Honestly! If he showed her the slightest bit of affection or tenderness, she bawled like a child. She had no more time to dwell on the matter when her lover leaned down to lightly trace the edge of her right breast with the tip of his tongue, causing her to suck in a gasp as her body instantly arched like a bow. The vampiress almost had to smile. It was completely useless to resist. The bond they shared ran far deeper than the lustful moments they'd already shared together. If she were to be perfectly honest with herself, she would even go as far as to admit that there wasn't anything she would deny him; let alone her love.
Tsukune shivered. He wasn't exactly sure where this new streak of boldness had come from, but he was definitely more than willing to give into it. He almost had to smile when he felt his mate's hands finally reach up to unbutton the rest of the buttons on his shirt. He was a little surprised to find that she was already shaking just as badly as he was. A long, contented sigh escaped his lips as he felt her heated touch on his bare chest. There was no woman on Earth that could touch him the way Moka did, and no woman ever would. The teen gave a shuddering moan, feeling his mate's fingers move to slowly trail down his spine. Drawing in a breath, he lovingly ran his hands down her sides before moving to unzip her school skirt.
Moka suppressed a shiver as the garment was removed, leaving her in nothing more than her pink silk panties. Leaning up, she sealed their lips together once more as she returned the favor, stripping him out of his school uniform pants. The vampiress uttered a soft moan as they pressed their bodies closer together. Acting on instinct, she moved one hand to the back of his head to lazily drag her fingers through his hair, deepening kiss.
A collective sigh of contentment left them as their tongues brushed and intertwined, the warmth swirling between them causing their toes to curl in their shared euphoria. Despite their shaking hands, both teens finally managed the task of assisting one another in removing the last of their clothing. With no more obstacles standing between them, the feeling of oneness was nearly overwhelming. It was all either teen could do to resist the desperate shuddering that threatened to overtake them. In all honesty, it wasn't as if they hadn't done this before, however, it was as if a new fire had suddenly been ignited within them, and they were both powerless to resist.
Moka gave a whispered moan as she felt her lover hesitantly align their hips. It was obvious by his body language that he was still trying to gauge whether or not she would allow for him to have her in this manner. After all, in all the previous times they had made love, she had been the one in control. The vampiress was honestly still adjusting to this new sensation of vulnerability. What actually alarmed her wasn't the fact that he was the one in control, but rather the sudden urge within her to submit to him. Aside from her parents, Moka had never really willingly submitted to anyone in her life. As the weaker of the two, by all rights it was him that should be playing some form of the submissive role. However, it was painfully obvious that their relationship was unlike any other, even among their kind. When he suddenly broke the kiss for air, Moka pressed her lips to the mate-mark on his neck.
Tsukune shivered lightly, returning the favor. Resisting the urges of temptation, he slowly ran the tip of his tongue along the length of her slender neck instead of biting. He smiled at the shudder he felt tingle through her in response. He was so lucky, and he knew it. While he honestly did still feel guilty over breaking the others' hearts, he couldn't say that the connection he shared with Moka wasn't worth it. Giving the mate-mark on her neck one more lick, he carefully joined their bodies fully together in one gentle movement. Another soft, whimpering moan escaped the vampiress's lips as he slowly sank into her warmth, her toes curling in exquisite pleasure.
Their rhythm was slow, gentle, and even a little tentative. It was obvious that Tsukune was taking great care to be as gentle with her as possible. Feeling the tingles of pleasure spread down his spine all the way to his toes, the vampire couldn't help the soft groan that left him. His mind had long since shut down, focusing solely on the young woman in his arms.
"I love you…more than you could ever know…," Moka breathed in a whisper. She could feel herself quickly approaching her limit as he deepened their rhythm slightly in response.
The vampiress's eyes widened as she quickly fell over the edge of bliss with a shuddering moan, her body trembling in her release.
Tsukune wasn't far behind his lover, a whimper leaving his lips before they were sealed by his mate's. Slowly drawing back, the teen gave a soft, shy smile before rolling onto his back as both vampires began to regain their composure. Pulling the blanket over them, he wrapped his arms around his mate once more.
Moka sighed again in contentment as she felt him slowly comb his fingers through her hair. She knew what he was trying to do. He was reassuring her. Exhausted after the stress of the day, the vampiress was in no state to resist. Smiling, she drew in a deep breath of his familiar scent as she rested her head on his chest. It wasn't long before his gentle breathing and rhythmic heartbeat finally lulled the weary young woman to sleep.
Tsukune smiled as he continued to stroke her hair. Normally, he would be the first to fall asleep. However, considering the events of the day, he wasn't all that surprised when her breathing deepened and evened out: a clear sign of slumber. It was still a fairly new treat to actually get to witness the silver-haired vampiress in slumber, and he fully intended to enjoy every opportunity. Resting his chin against the top of her head, he drew in a deep breath. For as long as he lived, he would never get enough of her sweet scent. He wasn't even aware as he slowly drifted into slumber.
"So you really think we can trust the witch?" Togura questioned as he finished unbuttoning his school shirt, tossing it into the far corner of Ruka's dorm room.
The mummy sighed a rather agitated sigh. It had been a week already with virtually no word at all from Ruby. In all honesty, she was beginning to worry. She was just relieved that no one seemed to take notice of her room-mate as of yet.
"Well, we really have no choice at this point. For now, we'll just have to keep doing as we have been."
Togura gave a slight nod. Hiding out wasn't exactly his preferred style of living, but at least he got to remain with his mate.
"Ruka, don't get me wrong, I love living with you and all, but…I can't hide forever."
The mummy winced. He was right; she knew he was. However, she would be lying if she were to say that she wasn't desperate to keep him safe and out of harm's way for as long as possible.
"I-I know, Togura, but I'm not just gonna hand you over to Ciel. The second you show your face, she's gonna be out for your blood."
Giving a somber smile, the cobra gently pulled his clearly distressed mate into his arms. Resting his chin on her shoulder, he placed a brief kiss to the base of her neck. His smile grew slightly warmer at the shiver he felt run through her at his gentle caress.
"Look, Ruka, I've done some really stupid things, but I refuse to put you in any position where you'll get into more trouble. If Ciel is gonna gut someone, it'll be me."
"Don't talk like that!" Ruka quickly cut him off, "There's no way Ciel is getting her hands on you!"
Togura chuckled lightly.
"Well, I certainly appreciate the concern, Ruka. You've always done your best to look out for me, no matter what mess I drag myself into. *Sigh* But you know these aren't normal circumstances anymore. If what you've been saying is true, we have a much bigger fish than just Ciel to worry about."
Ruka gave a long, drawn-out sigh. Once again, there was an eerie truth to his words.
"If-if Moka Akashiya comes to our defense, I really think she'll have no choice but to back off. Her and all the rest of them."
"I just hope she's in an understanding, forgiving mood, Ruka. Heh! I've always had a way of messing things up for you, haven't I? Even when we were kids."
Ruka rolled her eyes briefly at her mate's less-than-tasteful attempt at a joke, turning around in his arms to finally face him.
"You don't mess things up for me, Togura. You have your own way, and that's just one of the things I love about you. Don't forget that, okay?" she murmured, gently resting a delicate hand on his cheek as she gazed into his warm eyes.
Togura held her gaze, bringing a free hand up to rest over her own.
"Listen, try not to worry too much about it for now, okay? I know that's easier said than done, but the witch said she'd handle the talking. When Akashiya's ready to talk, she'll come to us. I think it'd be best if we didn't push too much right now."
Ruka looked away briefly, glancing out the window at the bright, crimson moon shining down.
"Perhaps you're right. For now, we just have to wait. Let's get some rest."
Tsukune's eyes slowly fluttered open as he rolled onto his side. He bolted upright in panic when he discovered that he was now alone in the bed. For a moment, his crimson eyes quickly scanned the dark room. His heart rate returning to normal as he spotted the silver-haired beauty standing alone in the corner of the room, staring out the window into the black night. For a moment, Tsukune simply sat observing her. The look on her face was almost peaceful, but it was obvious to Tsukune that she was deep in thought. She was so still that it was even hard to tell if she was breathing. Tsukune couldn't help but admire her. Even deep in concentration, she was graceful. Why did she seem to invoke so much fear in others again? Oh, that's right; her powers. Tsukune almost scowled. Sure, there was no doubt she was powerful. However, it wasn't as if she couldn't control those powers. He was beginning to understand that, for most, it was simply easier to fear something that you didn't understand.
The teen gave a soft smile as he took in her attire. She had apparently saw fit to steal his white shirt from the floor while he slept. It seemed to him that, no matter what she chose to wear, she wore it well. Her long silver hair almost seemed to glow as it contrasted against her beautiful pale skin, and Tsukune couldn't help but stare. It was almost ironic how a woman that held so much power could be so serene. Not wanting to disturb the peaceful moment, Tsukune slowly crawled out of bed and redressed himself in his boxers and pants before making his way over to his mate. Though he made virtually no sound, he knew she must have sensed him, for she didn't so much as jump as he slowly wrapped his arms around her slender waist from behind and rested his chin on her shoulder.
For a few moments both teens stood in silence, simply enjoying the presence of one another. There was no need for words. Everything they wanted to say was conveyed by the gentleness of their embrace.
"I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep," the vampiress finally spoke after a moment, her tone soft as she leaned back against her mate's chest slightly.
For a moment, Tsukune didn't reply. He simply held her. In all honesty, he could only imagine what she was going through. After all, he was going through it too. Everything was beginning to change, and it was still uncertain whether or not the changes were all good. At least Moka appeared to be in somewhat better health at the moment, though that too was uncertain at the present.
"Got a lot on your mind?"
As soon as the question left his mouth, Tsukune felt like smacking himself. Of course she had a lot on her mind! The very fate of the school, once again, seemed to rest on her shoulders. How on Earth could she stand such pressure?
A semi-amused chuckle left the vampiress as her shoulders slumped slightly in her fatigue.
"I believe that goes without saying."
Tsukune frowned. He knew it wasn't his fault she had so much stress on her. However, the teen vampire couldn't seem to shake the feeling of guilt that settled in the pit of his stomach.
"I-you really should get some rest, Moka," he murmured soothingly.
An exhausted sigh left the vampiress's lips in reply.
"It would seem that is much easier said than done, Tsukune."
Tsukune bit his lip lightly. He did have his reservations on getting too involved with the internal affairs of the school, but what if they really could help? It didn't seem fair that only pureblood monsters would be admitted into Yokai in the future. How were peaceful relations between humans and monsters ever going to happen if that occurred?
"Moka…I-I think maybe we should help the headmaster on this one-"
"Tsukune, it won't be a simple affair. It isn't like when we went up against the committee. My name may have influence, but I am unsure that it would be enough to sway Fairy Tale," Moka cut him off. How did he always do that? How did he always seem to know what was troubling her before she even said anything? "Besides," she continued, "I told you that us being together wasn't going to be a welcomed union. So far we haven't run into any real problems, but that won't likely be the case for long."
Tsukune frowned again.
"Well, it's not like we can just sit and do nothing either."
Moka was silent for a moment.
"I never proposed such a thing. There is another option."
Tsukune paled, lifting his head from her shoulder.
"You don't mean?"
Moka felt a small smirk tug at her lips as she nodded.
"Yes, I mean my father. If I could reason with him, I'm sure I could convince him to aid our cause. Besides, it would be the perfect opportunity for you two to properly meet."
"W-well, last time we met things didn't go too well."
The vampiress gave a small, amused chuckle, though she understood the teen's reservations.
"It will be fine, Tsukune. Besides, if we're going to go up against someone such as Fairy Tale, we're going to need as many on our side as possible. I doubt even they would go against the wishes of one of the three dark lords."
Tsukune gave a nervous laugh.
"I-I suppose you have a point there, so I guess it's settled then?"
Moka gave a nod, her gaze fixated on the crimson moon above.
"We'll listen to what they have to say."
"So still no word from your sister, huh?"
Hitsuba glanced at the young woman beside him with a frown. Wasn't she the least bit concerned? The mummy sighed. He supposed not. Ciel didn't tend to worry so much about the affairs of others unless it concerned or interested her.
"No. She hasn't made any effort to contact me yet. I'd say her and Togura are still hiding out somewhere."
An amused smile tugged at the hydra's lips. He was honestly so eager to sell out his own sister just to remain in her good graces? Pitiful!
"Oh, well. She wouldn't skip out on a whole semester. Trust me, she'll turn up. Especially with the new regulations going into effect next week."
Hitsuba looked away. The changes were definitely going to be uncomfortable, and even dangerous, for some. Could he really sit back in silence and watch it all take place? Would he honestly hand his own sister over to Ciel knowing full well what her intentions were? No. No, he wouldn't.
"C-Ciel, if you would, leave my sister to me. I can handle her," he said, casting a hopeful glance in the hydra's direction.
Ciel resisted the dark chuckle that wished to escape her. How predictable. The slightest hint of trouble directed toward his sister and he caved. She wasn't stupid. If his sister had betrayed her, then he too would soon follow if only to protect her. That was fine. Ciel would simply follow his trail. He would lead her to her target soon enough.
"Very well. I shall leave the AWOLs to you. However, I have my own little plans for handling Akashiya."
Hitsuba gave a grim nod. Ciel's plans were never good for those who were on the receiving end. He was actually now glad that he didn't know Akashiya personally. Of course, as the school's designated most popular girl, he knew of her. He would be hard-pressed to deny that the woman was attractive, that much was obvious. A part of him wondered just what Ciel was scheming. She hardly shared much with him anymore, and it was really beginning to unnerve him.
"And just how do you plan to do that? You know what she did to Togura," the mummy baited lightly.
Ciel didn't disappoint him. Her lips thinned out for a moment, a clear sign of agitation and displeasure, before she quickly regained her composure.
"Don't make the mistake of grouping me in with that weakling, Santori. Just leave Akashiya and her little pet to me."
Knowing it was best not to argue at this point, Hitsuba only nodded. He only hoped his sister knew what she had gotten herself into.
Moka placed a hand to her throbbing temple. She had tuned out Nekonome's lecture what seemed like hours ago. She had barely gotten two hours of sleep and, despite Tsukune and the nurse's protests, she was struggling through the school day. Thankfully, it was Saturday, and that meant only a half day, but it was 10:30 in the morning, and she was already exhausted.
An hour and a half to go…just a little longer…
The vampiress kept telling herself this in hopes of stimulating some wakeness into her body, but to no avail. A long sigh left her lips as she leaned her head in her palm. Thankfully, she wasn't showing any signs of her reoccurring fever…yet. Willing her thoughts in a different direction, she concentrated on the back of her mate's head. She couldn't resist a smile. As of late, he always seemed to be fussing over her and worrying about her. While the fussing sometimes irritated her to no end, she couldn't help but be flattered. After all, he was such a sweetheart. For a moment, if only for an instant, she could forget all the stress. Stress from her illness, the impending changes, and the fear of her family's approval of her new relationship. She couldn't help but notice that Tsukune had immediately refrained from sealing her. He had feared that the sudden change might be too much on her body in her current condition.
Moka rolled her eyes. He still treated her like a fragile doll. For as long as she could remember, no one had ever treated her in such a matter. In her household, if she couldn't handle something, she got hurt until she could. The vampiress sighed again. How dull. If she ever had children, she was certain that she would never treat them in such a manner. The silver-haired teen jumped slightly at the thought, a blush slowly creeping into her pale cheeks. Where had that come from?! What on Earth was she doing thinking about such things in a time like this? After all, she still wasn't quite certain she was even cut out for motherhood. She would probably only succeed in scaring them. The thought caused the vampiress to wince at the sudden stab in her heart. No! Moka quickly shook her head. That was more than enough of that train of thought.
"Moka?" Tsukune tried again, cocking his head in confusion as he received no response yet again.
The bell had rung nearly five minutes ago, and it was as if Moka had been frozen in the same instant. Tsukune quietly observed her for a moment as she remained motionless in her wooden chair, starring almost sorrowfully out the window. It was obvious that she was deep in thought, and Tsukune couldn't help the slight feeling of regret when he gently placed a hand on her shoulder, causing the vampiress to jump slightly.
"S-sorry, Moka. I didn't mean to startle you, but class is over now," the vampire offered with an apologetic smile.
Moka cleared her throat, clearly embarrassed to be caught daydreaming. She quickly gathered her school bag, the pair made their way out of the empty classroom. Once they were in the hall, she made no move to pull away as Tsukune's hand instantly found her own. That seemed to be a tradition with them now. They always held one another's hand, sometimes even out of unconscious instinct. The vampiress resisted a small, amused smile. She truly was a love-sick puppy. She had grown so accustomed to even that one, small physical interaction that she had come to almost expect it. The sound of squeaking shoes on the tile floor alerted the pair that they weren't alone even before they took notice of the small crowd gathered around a bulletin board in the hall.
"What do you think is going on there, Moka?" she heard Tsukune murmur.
The vampiress merely shrugged. It was hard telling what was going on. In a school like theirs, it really could be anything. Spotting Kurumu, Yukari, and even Mizore, the pair slowly made their way over.
"Hey, you guys, what's going on?" Tsukune inquired cheerfully. He immediately regretted asking when Kurumu finally turned to them, a grim expression on her usually cheerful face.
"This is bad. Apparently a new class has been added to the mandatory list of classes required for graduation…the first of many."
Tsukune sheepishly rubbed the back of his head with his free hand.
"W-well, that's not so bad, is it? I mean it could be worse, right?"
Moka gave an exhausted sigh.
"It's just more extra work. Nothing new really," she muttered, rolling her crimson eyes.
"I wouldn't be too sure about that," Yukari stated, chewing lightly on her bottom lip as she glanced back at the bulletin board out of the corner of her eye.
Disgruntled mumbling could be heard as the crowd began to grow in number.
"Something's wrong. That doesn't fit the message of Yokai at all," Mizore murmured, gaining her friends' attention. She was actually happy to find that she could finally stomach the sight of Moka and Tsukune together…holding hands.
Tsukune shook his head, an amused smile tugging at his lips.
"Oh, come on, guys. I'm sure it will be fine," he replied as the crowd slowly began to disperse. Catching sight of the bulletin board for the first time, his breath caught in his throat…
New mandatory class (Active as of fall term. Further notification of additional classes will be provided): The History of Monster Persecution.
"Wh-what? When did that get decided?" he breathed, his cheerful demeanor instantly evaporating. This doesn't bode well…
Moka's eyes widened as she read over the bulletin board's message. A class like that only served one purpose: to breed hatred.
"What the hell?" she muttered, feeling an uneasiness settle in the pit of her stomach. She resisted the nausea as she tightened her grip on her mate's hand.
"A class like that is only gonna bring up bad memories and unsettle the student body," Yukari stated as she shook her head in an almost exasperated fashion.
"And it's only the beginning," a cool, feminine voice informed.
Time seemed to almost stand still as the group of friends turned to see none other than Ruka standing a short distance away leaning against the wall almost casually, a dark expression on her face. Next to her stood an equally as grim Togura.
"W-what do you mean?" Tsukune finally asked, shocking the rest of the group as they remained silent beside him.
Moka too remained silent, though unsurprised. It was clear now that Ruka and Togura were the least of their problems.
Ruka pushed herself into a proper standing position, folding her arms across her chest.
"I thought the witch already talked to you. Look, there's going to be big changes here at Yokai. This is only the first of many. It will start with the classes, then it will extend to the admittance policy."
"So?" Kurumu almost immediately quipped. Honestly, she was still sour about the whole thing. After all, it was all Togura's fault that Tsukune was a vampire now, as far as she was concerned. How did they honestly expect them to cooperate with them after such a thing?
Ruka gave an impatient sigh. She should have expected this. After all, she couldn't really blame them for not trusting them yet.
"Don't you get it? This is staged. Fairy Tale wants to change this school."
"But Yokai has always supported a more peaceful message toward humans. Why would this Fairy Tale suddenly want to change that?" Kurumu blurted. This didn't make any sense. So far, Yokai had worked with little to no problems. Why risk a reform?
"Oh, please, you already know why," Moka finally spoke up, releasing Tsukune's hand. "It's a power thing. The purebloods don't want their children mixing with monstrels, and they dislike the message of peace toward humans even more."
Ruka bristled slightly at the word 'monstrel', but nodded her affirmation nonetheless.
"Correct. They believe that it is an outdated message that is corrupting their children."
"And why should we believe you? How do you even know?" Kurumu questioned again. It was almost as if the girl knew a little too much. Could they REALLY trust her?
Ruka regarded the succubus with agitated eyes.
"Look, I'm not the one you should be questioning. I have no reason to be your enemy. I'm the one that stands to lose if this change goes all the way. I know we didn't exactly start things off on the best of terms."
"I'll say," Mizore muttered, sending an icy glare in Togura's direction.
Tsukune looked thoughtful for a moment. It was obvious that this encounter was going nowhere fast. They had to help. He knew all too well how dangerous this school could be when you defied the natural 'order'. It appeared that they really would require Moka's father's help.
"She has a point, Kurumu. We have to help. It's just like with the committee. We can't just sit by and do nothing." The last thing we need is another fight on our hands. Besides, somebody has to take a stand, right?
Moka sighed as all eyes then seemed to settle on her. It was just as she feared. She would have to call upon her family for this one. As a general rule of thumb, Moka made a point to never call upon her family for anything. Usually, their assistance always came with a price; a price she was unwilling to pay. With all she had at stake now, it was definitely a risky move to say the least. However, it appeared that leaving things the way they were was out of the question.
"Very well. I don't usually make a habit of helping monstrels, but this affects me as well. I see no point in bringing up the past."
"So you'll help us?"
Moka gave the female mummy a glare that said 'My answer should be obvious'.
"I think it goes without saying that I don't make any guarantees."
Ruka did little more than nod. She had to admit, even to her the vampiress was slightly intimidating. However, she couldn't help but feel that something was slightly off with her. She seemed as though she was being weakened slightly. Her aura appeared somewhat under strain. The mummy inwardly shook her head. That was of no consequence. It was obvious that, even as she was, she was clearly more than a match for her. It was wise to remain on her good side, if she had one at the moment.
Tsukune beamed a bright smile. Things really were going to be okay. Now that it was settled, they now only had to speak with the headmaster. The teen's smile faltered. That is what could take a while. After all, the headmaster was a busy man, or, more appropriately, monster. It was rare that he was ever even seen, let alone entertained personal appearances. Perhaps that was another thing Moka's father would have to help them in?
Tsukune yawned as he rolled over to find himself alone in bed once again. Slowly opening his eyes, he squinted against the glow of the bathroom light.
Glancing at the digital clock next to Moka's bed, he winced when he saw that it read three thirty a.m. The teen pinched the bridge of his nose with a small groan. A week had gone by since the news of the new mandatory class. Moka had sent word to her father, but had yet to hear a response. Tensions were running high enough without her illness escalating. For the past several days, she was waking up at all hours of the night physically ill. It appeared that this night would be no exception. Tsukune had thought she had finally fallen asleep at around one, but apparently she was awake again.
Slowly crawling out of bed, the teen stretched before making his way to the bathroom. He knew Moka would likely shoo him away, as she often did during her times of nauseous weakness. However, that never stopped him from assisting in any way he could. In all honesty, he was beginning to really worry.
Something's really wrong. Moka's never gotten sick like this in the whole two years I've known her. It almost seemed like she was getting better there for a day or two, but then she just got worse…
Upon opening the bathroom door, Tsukune felt his heart ache painfully. There she was, leaning against the bathroom wall with her head resting on her drawn up knees. Her beautiful, crimson eyes were tightly closed as if in pain, and her long, silver hair was disheveled. He knew she must have heard the door open, though she made no movement as he slowly made his way over to her. She made no protest when he gently pulled her into his lap as he sat down. In fact, he could've sworn he heard a small whimper of pain as she leaned into him slightly.
I honestly don't know what to do. I've never seen her like this, and she's so exhausted, the teen thought as he gently combed his fingers through her long, silver hair, carefully smoothing out the tangles. "*Sigh* Listen, Moka, this has been going on for four or five days. You need to go back to the nurse. You can't even eat anything anymore. Don't you think she has the results of the tests she ran on you by now?"
The vampiress stiffened. The last thing she wanted was to go back to the infirmary. She was already irritated to no end that Tsukune was seeing her like this. However, she couldn't deny that something just didn't feel quite right. Not to mention that she couldn't even remember the last time she had actually vomited. Did she even ever get that sick? Was that normal for vampires? To be honest, she couldn't even really remember ever being sick. She sighed as her pounding headache eased momentarily. That certainly wasn't the case now. The slightest whiff of food, especially during early morning or late at night, and she would become unbelievably nauseous. Most foods were out of the question, including ones that she had eaten previously. About the only thing she could consume without consequences was blood. She had also managed to eat a few candy bars out of the vending machine without any problems, to which she was greatly puzzled.
"I'm sorry, Tsukune. I keep waking you up when I'm like this, and that's not my intention," she finally managed to whisper. Her brain refused to function long enough to give her a better response due to her fatigue. She could tell that she was growing weaker. If she didn't get a proper sleep soon…
"Moka, you're not feeling well. There's nothing for you to apologize for. I'm just fine, it's you I'm worried about," Tsukune protested. He could tell through their blood-bond that something was wrong, but her aura was so shifty and chaotic that he really couldn't gauge it properly. I don't even know anything about vampire illnesses! he mentally panicked. He was honestly just glad that Kokoa seemed to be in the dark on the matter. She had been keeping a wary eye on him, much to his exasperation, and Moka's.
The vampire was brought out of his thoughts when his mate suddenly pulled away from him and rushed over to the sink, her nausea once again relieving her stomach of any contents. Tsukune winced, immediately getting to his feet. He was agitated to find that he really could do little more than rub her back comfortingly as he gently held her hair back. He was actually surprised that she didn't protest as usual. Instead, she allowed him to remain with her. Perhaps it was that she was simply too exhausted for protests?
Poor thing. She's so tired she can barely hold her head up. "Moka-"
"I know what you're going to say, Tsukune, and don't. I have to go to class today. We have our first test day after tomorrow, and I can't afford to miss a lesson," his mate cut him off after she had rinsed her mouth. Turning around finally to face him, she managed a defiant glare. "I am going to be just fine. Besides, we have bigger things to worry about right now."
Tsukune sighed. There was just no getting through to her when she decided to be stubborn. However, she did have a point. Talk of the new mandatory class was already spreading like wildfire. He actually was more than a little worried for Gin. The mandatory class was apparently being tried on the seniors first before the rest of the student body would be forced to take it. They had all actually heard very little from the werewolf since before summer break.
"I guess you have a point. I really hope Gin's okay. It would help if we could actually talk to him, since he's actually in that class now. He could really give us a heads up on things."
Moka gave a nod, her shoulders sagging slightly as another exhausted sigh left her lips. If it wasn't one thing, it was another. It seemed that peace was the last thing they would be getting in this school. There were simply too many hidden agendas at work.
"I would imagine that he's keeping his distance for a reason. We'll simply have to handle this on our own."
"I would still feel better if you would at least go into class late," Tsukune protested as he followed his mate out of the bathroom.
Moka made her way back over to her bed and sat down.
At least try to get an hour of sleep…if my body will let me. "It's already decided, Tsukune. As I've said, I will be fine. Now get some rest." the vampiress replied as she laid back down.
Tsukune sighed, shaking his head as he gently pulled the covers over her.
And she says that I have no regard for my safety and wellbeing…
The teen gave a small smile as he watched her slowly drift into light slumber once again, relieved that she could find at least some small moment of peace from her mysterious illness. Glancing at the clock again, he inwardly groaned. Five a.m. There was no point in going back to bed now. Especially with as wide awake as he was at the moment. Taking another glance at his sleeping mate, he couldn't help but wonder if they would ever have the quiet, peaceful life he knew they both desired.
Then again, I suppose, with monsters, a peaceful life is almost an impossibility.
Tsukune frowned. Somehow, that thought saddened him. He began to think about the future; about what lied beyond high school and Yokai Academy. A wedding for Moka and him?
I guess first thing is to decide what world we want to live in…
The vampire felt his body begin to heat up as his thoughts began running with all sorts of different scenarios. With marriage came children, right? The teen quickly shook his head. He was getting ahead of himself. A yawn escaped him then. Suddenly he felt so drained, and the school day had yet to even start…
"Still haven't heard anything, Moka?" the young witch questioned as the group of friends rested in the cool grass after their game of volley ball.
The vampiress shook her head in a negative fashion, brushing a strand of her silver hair behind her ear. She was mildly surprised that she had managed to make it through the little gym exercise. Her head was still pounding, but at least nearly half of the day was over now.
"Still no word from Gin either," Kurumu commented, tapping a slender finger to her chin in contemplation. It was all almost too much of a coincidence. Not to mention that Moka's strange condition was a bit unsettling. She hadn't been the only one to notice that the vampiress failed to hold down much of any meal. Even Yukari was a bit perplexed.
Mizore for her part said nothing, sitting a few feet away from the rest. It was still too strange for her. Every time she saw that mark on Moka's neck, or the ring on her finger, she was nearly overcome with sorrowful jealousy. It made it hard most of the time to focus on the task at hand. However, no one could escape the underlying sense of foreboding. The school now almost seemed consumed with hushed whispers and veiled resentment.
"It really looks like our hands are tied for the time being. I sent Kokoa's bat for my father, but it may take some time to locate him to deliver my letter. Until that time, we can only hope for the best for the most part," Moka finally spoke, closing her eyes as she leaned back against the small shade tree they were currently sitting under. The cool grass was soothing, and every time she closed her eyes, she was nearly overcome with bliss… The teen shook her head slightly, waking herself up a bit. It wouldn't do for her to nod off. Everyone already had too much to worry about.
Kurumu seemed to eye the vampiress wearily for a moment. Was she really okay? The past few days she had almost been a ghost; speaking only when spoken to for the most part, spacing out at random intervals, and she hardly seemed to carry her full strength. There was something her and Tsukune weren't telling, she was positive on that. The succubus frowned, her brow creasing in agitation. It was hardly her place to pry anymore.
So much for things at least attempting to go back to normal!
"So, uh, Moka, when are you and Tsukune getting married?"
The vampiress's eyes immediately snapped open, caught completely off guard by the young witch's hasty, off track question. What the hell? Where did THAT come from!
Mizore and Kurumu both turned to face the witch with incredulous looks. Honestly? What was the girl thinking? Now was hardly the time to bring such matters up, not to mention the sting of reopening old wounds. Did she have to blurt that out so casually?
Yukari felt their eyes on her and flinched slightly. She knew it was uncharacteristic of her, but she couldn't help it. With all the tension floating in the air, she had to say something to change the topic for now. Of course, the subject wasn't the best to be changed to, but it was at least something. She was well aware of how the succubus and ice-woman were feeling. She was still hurt herself, but it was obvious that it was Moka that was feeling the brunt of the stress.
Moka remained silent for a moment, allowing her heart to slow to normalcy. She had so much on her mind that she had hardly considered a wedding date. She and Tsukune hadn't even had time to discuss the matter completely.
"We haven't set a date yet," she finally murmured, avoiding eye-contact. Honestly, she was still getting used to this whole 'opening up' thing. Why did they have to make it so hard? The vampiress glared when the snow-woman snorted in response. "You got a problem?"
Mizore turned away, hiding the small smirk tugging at her pale lips. It was obvious that the vampiress was out of her element. In truth, she couldn't see how Tsukune was ever going to make a marriage between them work. He would obviously want to live in the human world; a world that Moka didn't belong in.
"Nothing. I was just thinking of how everything is gonna work out."
Moka instantly felt her aura flare. Just what was the snow-woman implying?
"What do you mean by that?"
Kurumu and Yukari remained silent, watching the scene unfold with morbid interest. It was obvious that Mizore, for some reason, was looking for an argument.
I-I understand what she's getting at, but… Tsukune's happiness is what really matters, the succubus recited to herself. Nodding, she decided it would be for the best to step in. "She means have you decided where you're going to live?"
Moka's brow furrowed in confusion for a moment. Realization dawning on her, she scowled as she pulled herself to her feet.
"If you're asking if I would live in the human world to be with him, then yes. Don't underestimate me. I'm not like you. I don't only seek happiness for myself. If living in the human world is what Tsukune chooses, then I will gladly follow."
With that, she walked away, leaving her 'friends' behind to stare after her. It was obvious that they still had a long way to go before things would be settled between them, and she didn't have time for petty squabbles. Right now, her only priority was getting a can of tomato juice before she passed out.
Kurumu gave a regretful sigh as she watched the vampiress go. Whirling around to face her violet-haired friend, she glared.
"Did you have to do that? Now really isn't the best time, you know?"
Mizore returned her glare with an icy one of her own.
"You're hardly the one to be qualified to give lectures, bimbo. If you can forgive her for ruining everything, that's your problem."
"What?!" the succubus seethed.
Yukari placed her hands to her ears in agitation. When were they going to grow up already? What was done was done. There was no sense in dwelling or moping. They had too much to do for that.
"Look, I'm a self-proclaimed drama queen, and even I think that's going a little far. I admit that I'm still upset with how the way things turned out, but I hardly think it's really the end of the world," Kurumu returned.
Mizore scowled. Just what she needed: a lecture.
"Being a glory hog doesn't make her any less of a thief, Kurumu."
"Both of you shut up!" Yukari finally shouted. Enough was enough. It was time they knew the truth! "The truth is that neither one of you EVER had a chance, okay?!"
Mizore gave the witch a chilling glare, while Kurumu remained in stunned silence.
"You think you had a chance, you little brat? News flash: you were never even a candidate," she retorted icily.
Yukari flinched at the tone. It was simply the snow-woman's broken heart talking. She couldn't let it get to her. Tears forming in her eyes, she steeled her resolve and nodded.
"I know. The cold truth is that me, Kurumu, you, Ruby… all of us; we never had a chance. Don't you get it? It's always been Moka. He's always loved Moka. He came to me before summer break to ask my advice on how to properly ask out a vampire-"
"Whoa! Stop right there. You knew he had chosen BEFORE summer break, and you never told us?!" Kurumu shrieked. How could she! They were supposed to be friends!
"That's really low," Mizore added, looking away,
Yukari hung her head.
"I didn't want to betray his trust. Besides, don't you understand? If you say anything to hurt her now, you'll lose him…forever."
Moka deposited her empty tomato juice can into the trashcan and sat down on the bench with a sigh. Oh, how she wished for her blissful days of childhood to return to her. She had been so caught up in Tsukune's dream of happiness and peace that she had almost completely forgotten about even being a vampire. Once again, she found herself loathing her ethnicity. A low growl bubbled up in her throat as her pulse began to throb, causing her still present headache to intensify. Sensing a presence behind her, she whirled around to face her sudden companion.
"Moka Akashiya, I think you need to come with me."
"Hey, guys, have any of you seen Moka? She wasn't really feeling that good this morning. I haven't seen her since first period," Tsukune asked his friends as he sat down at the lunch table.
The girls exchanged quiet, weary looks.
"Well, she was in gym class, but she walked off and didn't come back. I'd say she went back to her dorm for the day," Kurumu finally answered. There was no need to tell Tsukune of the argument, was there? He already had enough to worry about as it was.
Tsukune felt a sickening chill run down his spine. That would explain why he felt this strange gnawing feeling. Something was wrong. Moka normally never cut class. For her to do such a thing, she would have to have a really good reason. Lunch forgotten, he scrambled to his feet before any of his friends could stop him and left the cafeteria. If Moka was in her dorm sick, she might need him.
Damn it! I knew I should have pushed her more to stay in bed today!
The teen paid little mind to his fellow students wandering the halls as he quickly made his way down the main hall and out the front entrance of the school. Onlookers gave him shocked glances as he quietly exited the campus and headed in the direction of the girls' dorms. If he was going to get busted for skipping class, so be it. He didn't care. He just had to check on Moka.
Something's not normal…I can feel it…
Moka sat down on the clinical bed across from the nurse, eyeing her wearily.
"Mind telling me what this is all about?" she quipped. Just how out of it was she? She hadn't even sensed the nurse when she'd come to get her. The vampiress almost grimaced. If that had been an enemy, she would've been done for.
The brunette gave the vampiress a small smile. It wasn't every day she got to deliver such news, much less to vampires.
"I think you already have a good idea. Now, Miss Akashiya-"
"Aono," the vampiress almost instantly blurted, her eyes widening in embarrassed shock afterward. Wh-what the hell? Wh-why did I just say that? Tsukune and I, we-we aren't married yet.
But we will be.
Moka nearly jumped at the echoing, familiar voice.
The voice giggled in response.
Wh-what the- H-How are, I mean, aren't you sealed within the rosary? thevampiress thought in shock.
We're part of one another. Don't forget that. And don't worry, okay? No matter what, you're always going to have me and Tsukune.
So you've been with me the whole time?! Why didn't you tell me sooner?!
The voice of Outer Moka gave another giggle, though a bit more nervous.
Well, at first I wasn't sure if you'd be able to hear me. Besides, remember our agreement? I am you and you are me, right?
Moka winced. Somehow, that only made her head throb right now.
I-I suppose, but that still doesn't explain why you've been completely silent.
I haven't been completely silent. You just haven't been able to hear me, until now.
"Did you hear me, Mrs. Aono?"
Moka shook her head, quickly turning her attention back to the nurse.
The nurse chuckled slightly. Honestly, the girl was so spaced out! Then again, she supposed that was to be expected.
"I was just saying that I finally got the results back from the tests I ran on you last week, and I wanted to go over them with you. That's why I came to find you. How have you been feeling?"
Moka snorted, crossing her legs as she looked away.
Ura-chan! Outer Moka chided, causing a sigh to leave the vampiress's lips.
"Not too well, I mean," Moka clarified. She's the one that asked. I was merely stating the obvious!
It's going to be just fine, Ura-chan. You'll see…
What do you mean? Do you know what's going on, Omote?
The voice didn't answer, happy amusement the only feeling remaining as she drifted into silence once more, much to Moka's chagrin.
"Oh, uh, well, I'm sorry to hear that. What's been the problem?" the nurse questioned, concealing a smirk. She already knew the answer. However, she had to go through the motions.
Moka sighed, finally giving up on receiving any answers from her outer self.
"Just more of the same, I suppose. I can't really eat much of anything." Or sleep.
The brunette smiled slightly.
"Well, the good news is that you're going to be fine."
Moka glared. Just what the hell was this nurse trying to pull?
"What?!" she seethed, her temper beginning to slip in her agitation and fatigue.
The nurse merely retained her smile, handing her a sheet of paper.
"See for yourself. In fact, you're not sick at all."
Moka rolled her eyes, snatching the sheet of paper. Was this woman stupid?
"So I suppose waking up at three in the morning to throw up is normal?!"
A small chuckle left the nurse's lips as she leaned back in her chair.
"It is when you're pregnant."
Moka froze, completely paralyzed. P-pregnant? Her? Her crimson eyes quickly scanned the page. The text only confirming what she had already been verbally informed of, the vampiress felt a deep warmth begin to fill her.
"Wh-what?" the vampiress finally breathed, placing a hand to her temple as her head began to spin.
Moka quickly scanned the sheet of paper again. There had to be some mistake. There was just no way. She heard the gasp leave her lips as she saw that the text had not changed. She was pregnant! Her; Moka the S-Class vampire! What if her child didn't like her? What would her father say? What would Tsukune say? All these questions and others like them began to bombard the teen all at once, and she momentarily forgot to breathe.
The nurse regarded the vampiress with a half-amused expression. A powerful S-Class vampire nearly panicking? It was truly a sight to behold. It wasn't every day that a pregnancy happened at Yokai. In fact, they were almost forbidden. Vampire pregnancies were actually even rarer in recent days. Despite her duties, the nurse had yet to inform the headmaster. She was honestly fearful of a forced termination of the pregnancy if it became public knowledge too soon. Somehow, she found it ironic that the school's rumored 'coldest' girl actually was turning out to be quite harmless. Perhaps she was simply misunderstood. Either way, she would do her medical duties first and foremost.
"Well, first things first: lay down. We need to see how far along you are."
Tsukune restlessly paced the floor of Moka's dorm. Where was she? He had looked positively everywhere he could think of, and it was starting to get dark.
The only place I haven't looked is… the infirmary! Duh! Why didn't I go there first?!
Suddenly feeling stupid, Tsukune quickly headed for the door and threw on his shoes. He paused as an intensely warm tingle made its way down his spine, causing him to shiver lightly.
That's weird. The only time I've ever felt that is when…Moka!
Hope filling his heart, he threw open the door. A relieved smile spread across his face as he was confronted with the very person he'd been searching for all day.
"Moka, thank God. I've been looking everywhere for you. Wh-"
The rest of his words suddenly died in his throat as she suddenly pressed him against the wall, her lips quickly sealing his own in a deep, warm kiss. Tsukune froze, perplexed by her sudden, and bold, behavior. All coherent thought ceased, however, as her tongue sought out and found his own, gently caressing as she slowly slipped her hands beneath his school shirt to touch his bare chest. The teen instantly felt his body begin to respond to the touch and groaned as he slowly wrapped his arms around her slim waist. She may have worried him half to death, but she was certainly making him forget his worry now! He gently combed his fingers through her hair, causing her to purr in appreciation as she briefly deepened the kiss.
Moka was lost in a sea of ecstasy. Her head was spinning, and she couldn't be close enough to him. They were going to be parents! She was kissing the father of her child; a phenomenon she had never thought would ever happen. She slowly pulled back to gently nip his neck, causing him to shiver. When she reached the mate-mark she had place on him, she gave it a slow lick. A whispered moan left him, causing her to smile softly. She would never tire of this.
"Wh-what w-was that for?" he breathed, still holding her against him as he rested his forehead against her shoulder briefly.
A soft chuckle escaped the vampiress's lips, causing Tsukune's heart to flutter. He whimpered when he felt her lean up to gently nip his ear, her breath grazing his neck enticingly. He could feel her trembling, and it only made him want her more than he already did at the moment.
"I love you."
"I love you too, Moka," he immediately returned, lovingly brushing his lips to her neck.
Moka shivered. This was hard enough without him tempting her. She honestly wasn't sure how he was going to react. She only hoped Omote had been right when she said that everything would be fine. She had to tell him either way. After all, she wouldn't be able to hide such a thing for long.
"I-I'm pregnant," she finally whispered, her heart skipping a beat as her cheeks suddenly flushed. She was actually happy that he couldn't see her face at the moment.
Tsukune froze. Had he heard correctly? Her words echoed in his head, and he felt his heart stop. Pregnant? He was going to be a father? He gulped when she suddenly tensed and pulled back, quickly scanning his face for any signs of displeasure. Quivering, he gave her a warm, tender smile. He could sense the fear through their link. His pause had been too long, and she was frightened. He gently pulled her back into his arms, kissing the mate-mark on her lower neck. The teen attempted several times to speak, only to find that he was unable to speak past the sudden lump in his throat. He wasn't even aware of when the tears began, but they were suddenly streaming down his cheeks as he held her for all he was worth. Was there anything she wouldn't give him? She had already given him so much, and now she was giving him a baby. Rubbing his cheek against her warm skin, he was of only one thing: he may not be able to verbally communicate his joy and pleasure at the moment, but he could certainly physically assure her. As the pair celebrated their impending family with another heated kiss, they were completely unaware that their precious moment had not been a private one.
A/N: I hope you guys enjoyed the chapter. Once again, I really do apologize about the delay. I've had a lot going on the past couple of months. Good news is that I am definitely feeling better, and am ready to get back to work. This story is far from over, and I hope you will continue to enjoy. Until next time!
Next Chapter: Unlikely Alliances, Mistrust, and a Vampire
"No way!" Tsukune protested, "There's no way I'm gonna just run away and hide like a coward, Moka, and leave you and our child behind. If something happened to you I'd never forgive myself."
Moka sighed as he immediately pulled her into his arms.
"Tsukune, it's too dangerous. This goes way over our heads. If my stepmother really is behind all this, then I want you as far away from here as possible."
"I agree that it's too dangerous; too dangerous for you to handle it alone. You've protected me since I got here. Now it's my turn to protect you."