The Tainted Bloodline
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A/N: After the release of Reborn chapter 404, we now have more insight about Checkerface, and I'd like to mention that his true identity is the same man as the man in the canon. (I won't give the name out now, as some of you may not have read the latest chapter yet.)
This chapter has not been beta-read.
CHAPTER 2 – TSUNA'S COMRADES
Tsuna returned to the Sawada Residence right before the crack of dawn, feeling calmer after he had reminisced about his past upon the rooftop of Namimori Shrine. As he turned his key in the lock, he stifled a yawn, wanting nothing but a shower to wash the dried blood on his body and clothes. After that, he planned to finally sleep until noon.
"Oi, Sawada, it's past five," a female voice scolded from inside the living room, "Kyoko was going to hunt you down."
Tsuna blinked. "Kurokawa?"
There was a rude snort and then the lights turned on, illuminating the heavily curtained room. Tsuna's pupils immediately shrunk as they adjusted to the light, before they narrowed to observe his surroundings. Sure enough, his classmate, Kurokawa Hana, was there, sitting at his desk in front of a running laptop with a cup of coffee in her hands. When they met eyes, the black haired girl slammed down her drink and glared.
"We have school in a few hours, you know," she hissed, pointing an accusing finger at his chest, "Kyoko told me you went for a killing, but what other business did you have afterwards?"
"I would like to know that too," a muffled voice called out from the adjacent kitchen. Tsuna's gaze briefly flickered across to where he knew Kyoko was eating with her brother.
Sighing at the fact that his comrades had decided yet again to spend the night at his house, the brunet answered them with a vague "nothing"; the others didn't need to know, and to Tsuna, school was such a trivial thing that he slept through most days. Not only were attacks seldom during the daytime, skipping school also suited his "loser" façade well.
"ENOUGH QUESTIONING, KYOKO AND HANA!" a third voice yelled from within the kitchen, "COME AND EAT PIZZA TO THE EXTREME!"
A delicious scent suddenly wafted under his nose. Finding the perfect excuse to dodge the girls' questioning, the brunet walked into the kitchen, only to find his table to be piled underneath ten boxes of pizza.
"Pizzas?" he asked incredulously, "You pulled an all-nighter due to my absence and bought pizza? Where did you get the Italian food anyways?"
Kyoko swallowed her bite and threw the pizza crust back into the cardboard box. "Kawahira's credit card," she said with a shrug, "It was taking Hana a long time to hack into the Vongola Database, and there was nothing but coffee and cereal in your cupboards."
"Kawahira is our only source of income at the moment," was the curt reply. Then Tsuna smirked as he watched Kurokawa return her attention to the sleek laptop, her fingers flying across the keys. He had finally managed to obtain the hacking software from Irie Shouichi, their local genius. It had taken blackmail and a few well-placed threats to force the boy to invent the software in a week, under complete secrecy.
"Found anything?" Tsuna asked her when she paused. The black haired girl relaxed on the chair and massaged her temples, before she took another sip of coffee.
"Nothing of our interest so far," she replied, "News of our last attack in Italy has died down now, and then there's the usual news in Namimori." Tsuna nodded in understanding at her reference to Hibari's growing irritation towards the "mysterious" Yakuza members' deaths. However, with their carefully erased footsteps and their expertly applied façades, Tsuna and his comrades were not considered suspects at all.
"Any internal affairs?" Tsuna asked. Ever since they had coincidentally met in Sicily after the black haired girl had been relentlessly searching for information regarding her parents' obviously planned murder, Kurokawa had stubbornly decided to join Tsuna, Kyoko and Ryohei. Her parents had been in Japan's Intelligence force, and Kurokawa had undergone combat training ever since she had started school. She had also learned how to gather information by means of hacking, albeit without her parents' awareness, but she lacked a team to back her up in case of an emergency.
Like Tsuna, Kyoko, and Ryohei, Kurokawa Hana shared a similar incentive – she wished to avenge her parents whom had been assassinated under the orders of the Italian Mafia. Her assistance to the group had proved over and over again to be invaluable. Their first mission together had been to destroy a branch of the Cavallone Famiglia, and not only had the death count satisfied them well and had given Tsuna plenty of Flame Energy, but the Cavallone Famiglia was also left in a huge debt.
Large debts were good, in Tsuna's opinion – they sometimes caused internal conflicts within the Famiglia, amongst the Boss, the Guardians, and the External Advisor, and the conflicts usually resulted in betrayals. Whilst the Famiglia was in chaos, fatal openings tended to appear, allowing Tsuna and his comrades to destroy them.
Suddenly Kurokawa took a sharp breath and froze. "O-Oh my god…" she gasped.
Immediately Kyoko and Ryohei were out of the kitchen, their bodies in fighting stances. Kyoko unsheathed her bloody dagger and warily walked up to the black haired girl, demanding answers like her brother was.
Tsuna carefully lifted the laptop with its cords from his desk and scrolled up, wanting to read the full story. "Federico, the third son and heir of Vongola Nono has been confirmed dead three hours ago, and there has been disruption in the Famiglia's affairs," he summarised, after he had read the latest digitally submitted report, "The Boss of the Vongola Famiglia has already started to make his move to bring forth his last male heir, to succeed him as Vongola Decimo as soon as possible."
Kyoko frowned in confusion. "'Bring forth'?" she asked, "His last heir is Xanxus."
Three pairs of eyes turned towards their leader, who had taken a seat on the couch, his dark eyes shadowed under his brown hair.
"The name of the final heir," Tsuna read out slowly, his eyes unreadable, "is Tsunayoshi V. Sawada."
The dagger in Kyoko's grip clattered onto the floor. "No way…" she said, "Your father was an ordinary oil miner, and I know your mother was an ex-assassin, but…but-"
"My mother," he whispered in disbelief and shock, "She was the illegitimate daughter of Vongola Nono…"
"So what do we do now, Tsuna?" Kyoko asked, crossing her arms. "I'll kill you right now if you submit to the Vongola and become their Decimo. Don't forget, your parents-"
"Enough." Kyoko blinked and picked up her fallen dagger, before she took a step backwards.
"With the Vongola Famiglia's connections, it shouldn't take more than twelve hours for them to arrive from Italy to Japan. Their first move should occur between noon today - depending on their departure time - and tomorrow morning, if they will observe before they reveal themselves. Be on your guards – the Vongola are our strongest targets, and we are not to give them any reason to suspect us. Frame Hibari Kyouya and the local Yakuza when we attack."
"And if we extremely get caught?" Ryohei asked.
Tsuna narrowed his eyes and clenched a fist around his clear pacifier with a bitter smirk. The temperature in the room became icy cold, and the others leaned forward with a bloodthirsty gleam in their eyes.
"If it must be so," the brunet said, "we will play along with their game. We'll gain the Vongola Famiglia's trust, as well as its allies' trust, and then we will destroy the Mafia from within."
A/N: Ok, I know I've lied again - I promised several people that I was going to update 'Akutama no Hitman Reborn' before I go along with 'The Tainted Bloodline'... Unfortunately I'm stuck with writer's block for AnHR, and I haven't written much for Chapter 15 at all... I'm so sorry! *bows* But I'm working on it at the moment, and hopefully I'll have it finished after my exams.
With that aside, we get to meet Tsuna's comrades in this chapter, and Tsuna realises that he's the heir of the Vongola. And yes, they've been living off Kawahira's credit card for the past few years. Kawahira...sounds familiar to ya? (Chapter 404...)
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PS: I am looking for a beta who hopefully uses British/Australian English. Is there anyone who is available to get edits done in 1-2 days? Thanks.