Dom: A big thank you to Yoruko Rhapsodos for helping me with the story for the future chapters…Did I spell your name right? If not let me know…
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The two Snow users appeared by a building in Nami-chuu. Both are concealed by the shadows and darkness. They waited for the others to appear at the designation. The Vongola Boss appeared with the Sun Arcobaleno on his shoulders, but then the baby hopped on to the Rain Guardian's shoulders.
The Snow-users saw the huge ring built by the Cervello.
"What is that exactly?" Kagome asked her tutor.
"It's a ring."
"I know that, but why are there lights at the top? Like the ones used in football fields at night?" the girl pointed at the top of the ring.
Gelaro narrowed his eyes, "I'm not sure. It's been a long while in the Vongola history to have a Battle of the Rings so I'm not certain what the Cervello are up to."
"Do you think that Cervello is working with the Varia? I mean do you think they will favor them more than us?"
"Possibly, but Cervello's specialty is to judge fairly even if they support one team more than the other."
Kagome was about to open her mouth to ask her question, but it was cut off when the Cervello arrived and light up the ring and it also seems that the Varia has arrived as well.
"You can't be serious? Ryohei cannot fight in that ring," Kagome said her thoughts out loud.
"Why can't he?" Gelaro turned to her. "Look at him, he seems excited for it," he pointed at the silver-haired teen.
"Didn't you just hear me earlier? There are lights in there. Those things can practically blind you and Ryohei will be at a big disadvantage," Kagome told him.
"And how do you know that?" Gelaro raised an eyebrow.
Kagome shrugged, "My brother plays soccer and his practices sometimes dragged into the night and well…" she trailed off as Gelaro nodded in understanding.
The Sun Battle started when the conversation stopped and Kagome was right. The ring became even brighter due to the lights being turned on.
"Told you," Kagome said over her shoulders.
Ryohei was practically blind, but the worse thing is that his opponent—who Gelaro informed her that his name is Lussuria—was wearing sunglasses, giving him the upper hand.
Tsuna apparently shares the same thoughts as Kagome, "That's not fair! He has sunglasses and onii-san doesn't! Can you give him a pair?"
One of the Cervello turned to him, "I'm sorry, but the battle has started and any interference from the outside force will be counted as a disqualification."
Tsuna's jaw dropped, "That's stupid!"
"It's bullshit, not stupid," Kagome muttered and Gelaro whacked her to the side of the head. "What the hell was that for?"
"Watch your language. It's not proper for a young lady with a high position in the Vongola to curse," the light turquoise-haired man reprimanded.
"You don't even know if I'm going to be the Snow Guardian or not," Kagome said softly.
Gelaro drew his brows together in confusion. He sensed that Kagome is hiding something, "Kagome, what is it?"
Kagome snapped out of her reverie and stared straight at her tutor. She inspected his face as if searching for something before turning back to the match as if she was satisfied and made her decision.
Gelaro didn't get to voice it out though since Kagome's attention was already diverted so he told himself to talk to Kagome after the match.
The battle continued and Kagome almost ran when her friend was on the ground if it wasn't for Gelaro holding her back.
"Let me go!" Kagome struggled.
Gelaro shook his head, "No. Remember your job. Even if we both hate our duties, we just can't."
"No 'buts'. I'm sorry. Just stay put. We'll show ourselves soon enough."
"Soon enough ain't gonna cut it," Kagome growled as she shook Gelaro's grip off of her. "I'm out," she said before disappearing in a swirl of snow.
"Kagome!" Gelaro called out the best that he could without notifying the others, "Damn that girl! I am going to work her until her limbs fall off!" he cursed Kagome's stubbornness. 'Although I am impressed that she caught on fast on how to teleport, but nonetheless she will be punished,' he thought. He hopes that Kagome won't do anything reckless that will result Ryohei to be disqualified.
The Sun Battle rages on, but it draws near as Ryohei destroyed the blinding lights with the salt on his body due to his sweat that evaporated.
The battle finished and Ryohei emerged as the winner.
"I can still fight," Lussuria stood up despite being injured from Ryohei's punches, "I can still fight. I am fine. Now, let's carry on with the battle. I got to win," he insisted.
"You're not fit to fight," Ryohei told his opponent. "It's over. I won to the extreme."
Lussuria shook his head rapidly, "You don't understand. I have to win!"
"Reborn, what does he mean by that?" Tsuna asked the tutor.
"See, I'm fine," the Muay Thai fighter continued, bouncing in his feet though he was visibly shaking as an obvious tremor was detected in his voice. "Let's get on with it!"
"No," the Cervello and Ryohei refused.
"No, please. We ha—" he was cut off as an orange beam shot off and hit him in the back.
The spectators gasped.
"That's what he meant," Reborn calmly answered.
The Varia leader appeared and glared straight across at Tsuna—who flinched at the harsh gaze.
Reborn continued, "If any of the Varia members fails at any of their missions, they die. That's why they are an elite group in the Vongola."
"That's horrible!" Tsuna gaped at the information.
"It is," Reborn nodded as something caught his eyes by the corner and squinted at it discreetly. 'Kagome? What are you doing so near? It's not time to reveal yourself yet,' he thought. 'And why do you look like you fell down a tree?' He wondered despite that Kagome wouldn't be able to answer his question.
"Tomorrow the battle will be between Tsunayoshi-sama's and Xanxus-sama's Lightning Guardian," one of the Cervello announced.
"HIIEEE! What?!" Tsuna stared at Lambo who was picking his nose without a care in the world.
"Hn," Xanxus grunted, "You win this round scum, but this will only be your first and your last victory," the red-eyed man chuckled before disappearing along with his teammates and with the Cervello.
"W-Wow," Tsuna muttered in awe.
Reborn raised a brow at him, "If you keep your mouth open like that, you'll catch flies. Dame-Tsuna, if you want to be cool like Xanxus, be serious with your training and maybe, just maybe, you'll be at least half as cool as me."
"You're not cool and I told you I don't want to be a Mafia Boss. I'm only doing this so my friends and I won't get killed!"
"How cute of you that you think you won't be the boss of the Famiglia," Reborn mocked him before hopping off of the shoulders of one confused Yamamoto. "Mah, we should treat Ryohei with his injuries and go home. We have another long day tomorrow and you have school as well."
Tsuna, Gokudera, and Yamamoto ran over to the silver-haired teen and helped him up on his feet. Looking over Reborn, Tsuna asked, "Are you coming?"
"I'll follow you in a few. I still have some things to do before the day is over."
The four nodded and went on their way with a few glances back to the baby tutor.
When the four was out of earshot and disappeared into his line of vision, he commanded, "Kagome, Gelaro, show yourselves."
Footsteps and rustlings were heard before two figures appeared. One looking fine while the other was, well, not fine.
"What happened to you?" Gelaro stared at Kagome's dirtied form.
Kagome gave him an annoyed glance, "I transported—I don't even know how—and I ended up on a tree and I lost my balance and fell on a bush," she said as she removed leaves stuck on her hair, "It hurt by the way if anyone is wondering. And I'm fine just letting any concerned party know."
"And I was so proud of you transporting without any help, but apparently you failed," Gelaro stated with an amused tone before becoming serious. "Why did you leave? Do you know that that your reckless act almost got you caught? No offense to your cousin and the others, but you're lucky that they are untrained to detect you so near. Remember, your duties as a Snow Guardian!"
Something in Kagome snapped, "Well, what if I don't want to be the Snow Guardian?!"
"You have to. You're the only one who fits the job," Reborn reminded her whilst looking between the student and the teacher.
Kagome scoffed, "Me? I'm the only one? What about Gelaro? He's a Snow-user just like me. Why can't you recruit him instead?"
"I refused and I have another job that requires my time. You're lucky that I managed some of my time to train you with your newfound abilities," Gelaro replied before walking closer to her, "Tell me why you don't want to be the Snow Guardian and tell me the truth."
Kagome stared at him for a few moments before breaking her gaze, "It's nothing."
"It's obviously something if it's causing you distress."
"My duties! I hate my duties! I hate the fact that I can't help my friends if they are in a fight unless Tsuna calls me! And I hate the fact that if something happens to Tsuna, I'm just going to be his replacement. Am I just going to be a replacement my whole life?" she finished softly.
Reborn understood what she was saying since he knew her story; Gelaro, on the other hand…
"What do you mean?" Gelaro bend down on the same level of Kagome trying to catch her eyes with his.
Kagome snapped her head, "You wouldn't understand and I'm not ready to tell you yet," she quickly added when she saw Gelaro opening his mouth.
The taller teen still had this confused expression on, but let it go and nodded, respecting her privacy. He turned to Reborn only to discover him gone so he turned back to Kagome and offered a hand, "Ready to go?"
Kagome hesitantly put her hand on his—not fully trusting the technique due to her recent incident with it.
"We're not going to end up on a building and fall to our deaths, Kagome. I'm much more experience than you, remember," Gelaro gave her a deadpanned look.
"I know. No need to remind me every single time," the girl muttered.
Gelaro smirked before disappearing, leaving snow in their wake.
The two arrived at least a block away from TakeSushi as they were wary that they might get caught by Yamamoto or any of the Guardians.
However, before the Bertesca Boss could quick-travel to his hotel he was staying at Kagome stopped him.
Kagome pursed his lips together, "Here, take this."
Gelaro looked at the object in shocked, "What?"
"Gelaro-san…" Kagome offered him a weak smile, "I can't be the one you're looking for. I don't deserve it. Find yourself another one. I know it would be hard, but don't give up."
"Kagome, no, you're the person we're looking for. You have to be the Tenth's Snow Guardian. There's no one else in this generation besides the Varia's Snow Guardian and me," Gelaro told her as he tried to give her the half-Vongola Snow ring back.
"Then I guess this generation will have no Snow," she shrugged.
"Every generation of Vongola have Snow Guardians. People don't know because they stayed in the shadows. They are phantoms."
"I know that's why I'm backing out. I want to help Vongola and my cousin, but I don't want to stay in the shadows and only help if Tsuna summons me. I want to help whenever they need it. I can't be the burden of the group anymore."
"You're not! From what I could see in our training, you would be one of the strongest people I know. Hell, if you know how to use your abilities you can easily defeat me."
"Just give me a few days to think and maybe, just maybe, I'll be a Guardian."
"You have to Kagome. The Family needs you. Your friends do."
"And I'll be there," the time-traveler miko was already walking away from her teacher. "Give me a few days and you'll know my decision."
Gelaro sighed knowing he won't be able to convince her and when he turned to look at her again there was a cheeky smile plastered on her face.
"Though I won't mind being picked up to go to the battles and since I'm not a candidate temporarily, we can show ourselves to them. That way I can show moral support," she smiled, but before she starts walking again, she added, "I don't really mind either if we continue training."
Gelaro's lips curved up, "Same time tomorrow?"
"I would love that," Kagome returned the smile.
Kagome closed the doors quietly as she can. Why didn't they just transport in her room? Wouldn't that be easier? Then again, there's a chance that Yamamoto or her Uncle will hear a ruckus and check on her and she really wouldn't like to explain to them why there's a boy with her. In her room. With just the two of them.
Anyway, she guessed it wasn't quiet enough since Yamamoto woke up from the stool by the bar.
"Takeshi-kun? What are you doing down here?" Kagome shifted her eyes at the clock nearby. "It's late."
Yamamoto yawned, "Waiting for you. I checked your room and you weren't there so I figured you went out and Dad was already asleep and I don't want to bother him. Where were you?"
"Uh," Kagome paused, "I, I walked around a bit."
"Why? At this time too?" Yamamoto questioned her.
"Yeah, I couldn't sleep so I went out."
"Do you know how dangerous the town could be around this time?"
"I do and I wasn't alone. Gelaro was with me," she shrugged.
Yamamoto narrowed his eyes, "Why was he with you? Can you even trust him? I mean he can be a pedophile or a rapist or a murderer."
Kagome rolled her eyes and walked past him, "He was with me 'cause I called him. I know he's still awake so I called and I do trust him. He's only 19. Four years older than me. Besides if Reborn trusts him, why can't we? Yes, I can see it in all of your eyes that you distrust him. He's not a bad guy. Gelaro is on our side and I am willing to bet my life on that."
"Let's talk about this tomorrow all right? I'm tired and I know you are too. Good night!" Kagome smiled at him before going up the stairs and into her room.
Changing into her pajamas and finally plopping down on her bed, she mumbled, "I wonder where Kyoya-nii is now. Dino probably took him somewhere so he won't destroy any places here," she giggled at the thought of the violent tendencies of the cold prefect. "I miss him. Hope I can see him soon," she yawned tiredly while turning her lamp off and closing her eyes.
Somewhere far away yet so near, someone sneezed.
"Oi, Kyoya! Are you getting a cold?" Dino asked worriedly.
"Hn," Hibari grunted.
Dino's brow twitches, "I'll take that as a no. Someone is probably thinking of you and I'm putting my bet on Kagome-chan."
Not long after he finished the sentence, a small dagger was embedded on the wall by Dino's head. "Don't call her so familiarly," Hibari growled as he glared at the blond boss.
Dino sweatdropped, "Fine, fine. I won't, but just so you know she said it was fine for me to call her that."
Hibari's hand inched towards his tonfas and his glare became more menacing.
"Okay, I won't. Jeez, calm down," Dino gave up as he averted his head away from his student. He stood up and called out to one of his loyal subordinate, "Romario, next time don't leave any weapons especially the ones that are sharp and throwable next to Kyoya. He almost killed me again!"
"Sir, he's your responsibility not mine."
"No, sir. I don't want to die yet."
Dom: Before you guys review, if you are going to, Kagome will be a Guardian. I just need this chapter because in a few chapters, you can say, that the Snow Guardian's duty will change a bit and that you will know why the Snow Guardian's duties became like that. Confusing? Sorry, you'll understand as I get on more with the story. Sorry again for not updating for awhile. I got writer's block. I'll TRY to update next weekend. Hope you enjoy this chapter. Hopefully, it's not terrible.