A/N: Okay, so here is my first actual fic. I don't really count my Dungeons and Dragons story as a fic, so like a said, this is a first and I hope I don't botch it. Well, I guess all I can say is thank you for reading, please let me know what you think. I would love to hear any opinions on the story.
Chapter 1: A Chance Encounter
Minato stood in front of the Tokyo University acceptance board and scanned up and down for his number. After realizing that it wasn't there, he sighed in regret. He had failed the entrance exam for the second time. He turned and walked away, pulling out his phone to call his mom and tell her the news.
"Sorry Mom, I didn't get in again."
From the other side of the line, his mother answered, "Oh no. What are you going to do? Do you want to come home?"
"Give me some time to think about it. I'll call you back later." With that, Minato hung up and boarded a train heading back in the direction of his apartment. He returned home and went to bed, trying to forget this horrible day.
The next day, he decided to take a break from studying and take a walk around town and think. The streets were crowded and Minato had wade through people in order to get anywhere. Breathing in the crisp air to clear his head, Minato glanced around. Something caught his attention out of the corner of his eye. Someone was seated on the ground against a building, their knees tucked under their chin. Minato stopped where he was. He noticed that no one paid any attention to this person, and that made him a little sad. He walked up to the person and crouched in front of them.
"Are you okay?" They lifted their head, and Minato's breath caught when he realized that it was a young, extremely pretty girl. She had messy chin length blonde hair, and beautiful blue eyes. She looked up into his eyes with a questioning look.
"Me?" She asked. Minato smiled at her nervously.
"Y-yes you. Are you okay?"
She shivered a little before murmuring, "I'm fine, don't concern yourself with me." Minato stood and she looked back down, assuming that he was going to leave now. She shivered again. Instead, Minato remove his blue jacket and draped it onto her shoulders. She looked back up at him, alarmed. Minato turned his head and looked away, a blush on his face.
"You'll catch a cold if you sit outside like that." The girl pulled the jacket more securely around her and nuzzled in the warmth. They stayed like that for several moments, until Minato heard her stomach rumble loudly. Her face immediately flushed a deep red and she looked down. Minato smiled.
"Would you like to go get something to eat?" The girl looked into his face, surprised, before looking away and nodding silently.
Minato and this strange girl sat across from each other in a fast food place and ate a burger each. Minato sat and watched as she ate. She took tiny bites out of her burger and let out little squeaks of pleasure with each bite. She is really pretty, I wonder why she was just sitting out in the cold like that. He wondered. When she finished her last bite, she sighed, content, and looked back up into his eyes.
"Thank you very much. You are very kind." Minato's face blushed red and he rubbed that back of his head, chuckling nervously.
"It's not a problem. More importantly, why were you just sitting out in the cold like that?"
"I don't have anywhere to go. I am looking for my ashikabi, but everywhere I go stronger people pick on me. I decided to just wait for someone to find me there." Minato's eyes shot open. He didn't know what an ashikabi was, so he focused his attention on that part he did understand.
"You don't have any place to stay?!" He started to shout, but managed to restrain himself when he remembered that they were in public. The girl nodded glumly and they sat in silence for over a minute. Finally, Minato cleared his throat nervously.
"W-well, if you want to you can stay the night at my place... It's pretty small, but I just thought I would offer since it's supposed to be cold tonight." Her head jerked up and she stared into Minato's face. Her eyes filled with tears, and a grateful smile appeared on her face. She nodded slowly. Minato stood to his feet, but paused when he realized something.
"Ummm, I just realized that we haven't even introduced ourselves. My name is Minato Sahashi, but you can call me Minato, pleased to meet you."
"I am sekirei number 95, Kuno. Thank you very much Minato-san." Minato froze for a second, about to ask what a sekirei was, but decided that it could wait till later. He got up and let Kuno toward his home.
When they arrived, Minato made sure that the Landlord wasn't around and snuck inside his room. He froze and grimaced when he realized what a mess his room was. Kuno didn't seem to mind though, so she sat down on the couch that Minato gestured to and waited while he picked up the room. It was getting dark now, so after he was done cleaning, Minato got out the futon and laid it out on the floor.
"You can sleep here Kuno-san." She looked at him, confused.
"But Minato-san, where will you sleep?"
"It's fine, I'll lay out a blanket and pillow and sleep there. It's not a big deal." And then he did just that. After putting out his blanket on the ground near, but not too near, the futon, Minato laid down on it and got ready to sleep. Kuno took his cue and laid down on the futon as well. Minato turned to Kuno, a smile on his face.
"Good night Kuno-san. I'll see you in the morning." He then rolled over and faced away from her. Kuno stared at his back for several long moments. Gratitude welled up in her, and she felt her body getting hot.
"Thank you so much Minato-san. Good night." He didn't hear her however, as he was already asleep.
The next morning, Minato opened his eyes, feeling warm, which surprised him because it had been fairly cold that night. He felt a warm presence behind him, and his face flushed red when he realized that Kuno had moved over to him at some point in the night and was hugging him from behind. It felt surprisingly comfortable, and Minato didn't move for several minutes. Eventually though, he knew that he had to get up, so he crept out of Kuno's embrace and began preparing breakfast.
The smells of food must have woken her, because when Minato turned around, Kuno was sitting up, rubbing the sleep from her eyes and stretching. Minato froze. S-So cute! He brought over breakfast and they sat in silence while they ate. After they finished, Minato put the dishes in the sink and sat across from Kuno, questions overflowing from his mind.
"I have some questions if that would be okay. Ah, but first, how did you sleep?" He said with a smile.
"Good. Thank you again." Minato waved off her thanks and got down to what he really wanted to know.
"Kuno-san. What is a sekirei? And an ashikabi? What does it have to do with you?" Kuno sat silent.
Eventually, she answered, "I am a sekirei, one of 108 beings that have been released in the capital. We are all looking for our ashikabi, our special partners." She pressed her hands to her chest before continuing. "All of us sekirei have to compete in the sekirei plan, and the one remaining at the end gets to remain with their ashikabi forever." Minato sat and listened. He blinked several times, disbelieving.
"So... You are looking for your ashikabi... How will you know when you have found them?"
"My body will react. I will know. Thank you again Minato-san, you are so kind. You are the first person who has shown me any kindness." Minato noticed that her cheeks were flushed and her breathing was ragged.
Alarmed he asked, "Are you all right? Is something wrong?" In response, she leaned forward and moved toward him. He fell back, alarmed.
"Minato-san, I feel so hot. Can you please cool me down?" She was now distressingly close, their faces mere inches apart. W-w-what is happening? What is wrong with Kuno-san? With a final jerk, her lips pressed against his, and his eyes flew open. This was his first kiss! Suddenly, there was a flash, and giant wings of light sprouted out of Kuno's back and lit up the entire room. They remained like that, connected for what seemed like hours, but what probably was only a few seconds. Eventually, Kuno pulled back, and their lips finally separated, a thin string of saliva still connecting them. She smiled and put her hands to her heart.
With a bright smile on her face that left Minato breathless, Kuno said, "You are my ashikabi. I pledge to be by your side forever. I am yours." The light died out and the room returned to normal, leaving the pair sitting mere inches from each other. They sat like that, staring into each others eyes until a sound drew Minato's attention. He glanced over to see the television on. That was strange. Minato hadn't turned on the T.V in days. He stood and walked over to turn it off.
As he reached to turn it off, a voice from the T.V called, "Wait! You don't want to do that Minato Sahashi!" Minato yelped and fell backwards, landing on his butt in front of the T.V. On the screen in front of him was a man dressed in all white with wild white hair.
"Who are you? How do you know who I am? What is this about?" The man laughed.
"You don't know who I am? You need to get out more. Don't you watch television? I'm all over it!" A sudden realization hit Minato as to who the man in front of him was.
"Your the Chairman of MBI! Minaka Hiroto!"
"Very good! Now then, I believe congratulations are in order! You are now a participant in The Sekirei Plan! You joined just now when you winged number 95." He nodded at Kuno who was standing just behind Minato. "Now the biggest thing that you need to know is that you cannot tell anyone about the game! If you do, MBI might just have to punish you!" He cackled in a way that made Minato shiver.
"Now then, I must bid you adieu. Good luck!" The television went dark and Minato let out a huge sigh and slumped over.
"I just wanted to pass my entrance exam, maybe get a girlfriend and then live a normal life." He sighed explosively once again. Suddenly, Kuno was hugging him from behind, her chest flat against his back and her head resting on his shoulder.
"Do you regret becoming involved with me? Do you wish that you had nothing to do with me?" Minato could hear the uncertainty clearly in her voice and it struck a chord in him. He turned and face Kuno, resting his hands on her shoulders.
"Of course not! I promise you that I will never regret helping you! I will stay with you for as long as you want to remain with me." His face flushed red as he realized what he was saying. He could see Kuno's eyes fill with tears. She dove forward and hugged her beloved ashikabi tight.
A/N: And that is the first chapter! I haven't seen any Kuno stories, and I find that so disappointing, because I think Kuno is just freaking adorable. I think she is the cutest (Most realistic looking) in the show. Welp, thanks for reading chapter 1, I hope that you will join me for future chapters. Please review