IMPORTANT: CHAPTER 2 WAS EDITED COMPLETELY BECAUSE IT WAS RUSHED AND I WASN'T HAPPY WITH IT. ENJOY THE COMPLETELY EDITED CHAPTER 2
Summary: Acquiring a demon body as suddenly as he did takes time to adjust to.
Disclaimer: Does this really need to be here? It's a Fanfiction site; of course I don't own Ao No Exorcist!
Chapter 2 – Smell
Rin's first day in the exwire class hadn't turned out exactly how he had expected. For starters, his suspicions had been correct in the fact that the entire monastery had known that Rin was in fact a demon. This of course, included his younger brother Yukio; his younger brother who was now his sensei for the pharmacy class in the cram school.
Trying to regain his shock of his twin's entry, Rin attempted to sort out his problems without violence…Which somehow resulted in an onslaught of enraged hobgoblins to attack them.
How did that happen again?
Oh yeah, Rin recalled, leaning up on his new bed in his dormitory, he had shoved Yukio a little too hard which caused him to drop that vile of… stuff. His nose wrinkled in thought.
What was that stuff?
It was probably best if he asked that aloud if he wanted answers. Leaning to his right, Rin bore his gaze into Yukio's back, who was currently studying on his side of the counter across the room.
"Hey Yukio?" Rin asked; curiosity present in his tone.
His brother hummed in response to prove he was listening. Rin rocked back and forth a bit, perched comfortably enough on his bed, "What was that stuff that you dropped in class? The smelly thing?"
Yukio stopped doing whatever he was doing, before swirling his chair to face his brother, "You mean the vile of rotten animal blood that you made me drop?"
Rin flushed embarrassedly as he retorted, "You should have held it tighter! I only nudged ya!"
Yukio smiled slightly at his brother's behaviour before continuing, "What about it?"
Rin sat there, with a confused expression, as if he had forgotten what he was originally going to ask, before he snapped his fingers in remembrance and continued, "Ah, was it just animal blood?"
Yukio appeared puzzled, "Yes, why?"
The eldest twin leaned back on his bed, pondering, "Is animal blood all it takes to do this…?" he mumbled to himself.
"Do what?" Yukio asked, alarmed. Had his demon nature reacted to the scent of blood? That could make Nii-san dangerous.
"Ah," Rin looked up to see his twin looking slightly panicked, "Nothing big, don't worry spotty four-eyes, it just messed up my nose is all."
"Messed up your nose?" he asked, deciding to ignore the childish nickname, "What do you mean?"
Rin scrunched his nose irritably, how could he describe it? He pointed to his nose and replied, "Like, a stick's been shoved up my nose. It's itchy, and things smell funny for some reason. Wasn't happening before those…those hoppy-gobblers pounced us."
"Hobgoblins, Nii-san. They were hobgoblins."
"Whatever!" he growled irritably, "I thought maybe the bottle had something in it to mess up the demon's senses, 'cause they scrambled mine!"
Yukio sat in his chair silently, analysing his brother critically. He wasn't acting unusual – if anything a little irritated, but nothing considerably harmful. There was nothing in the vile aside from the rotten blood; he should know consider he made the concoction himself, so there shouldn't be anything plausible to mask his brother's demon senses.
"Maybe it's just a phase you're going through Nii-san."
"A phase!?" Rin repeated in disbelief, "What – you think this is like demon puberty or something?"
"Could be," Yukio chuckled, "Who knows; you're still getting used to your demon body aren't you?"
Getting used to!? Pu-lease, Yukio, I've got this body used to and under control!"
In response his tail, hidden under his shirt, lashed out and poked it's tip through the neck hole, more or less whacking the half-demon in the chin. Rin fumbled around a bit in annoyance before successfully shoving the offensive appendage back under his clothing.
"You didn't see that," Rin growled, looking away from his brother. Blinking curiously, Yukio tilted his head a little. He hadn't actually fully seen his brother's tail yet.
"Ah, Nii-san, you can have your tail out when in the dorms. I mean, we are the only two people living in here."
Rin childishly lifted his knees to his chin as he glared at the wooden floorboards, "I don't want my tail out," he moped.
"Why not? Is it comfortable in your shirt?"
There was a drawled out sigh before a quiet, "No…" was heard.
"Then let it out," Yukio concluded.
Rin grimaced in reply. After several moments of silence, Yukio sighed a little and was about to turn around, when he noticed a loop enweaving from his brother's shirt. Rin looked the other way stubbornly as his tail wove from under his clothing and made its appearance.
The appendage stretched a little, as if it was stiff from being wrapped under his shirt for the past couple of weeks, before it swished noisily through the air in a U shape. Rin peered over his shoulder to stare at the tail, ignoring Yukio's curious stare.
Rin's sight drifted from his tail to his brother, suddenly his eyes widened in surprise. Some strange fog trail was emanating from his brother, wrapping lazily around the boy's figure. Yukio didn't seem to notice; his eyes were hidden behind the shine of his glasses, but his face seemed expressionless.
"O-oi," Rin announced, raising a finger towards Yukio, "what's that stuff?"
Before Yukio could even answer, Rin inhaled deeply and clenched his nose tightly, yelling "Holy cheese- what cologne are you wearing!?"
"What?" Yukio asked, confused by the sudden mood swings his brother was going through, "I'm not wearing any cologne."
"What, is it perfume then?" Rin tried to joke, but kept his hand tight around his nose, "It's so strong I can see it!"
"See what Rin? I'm not wearing any scented products!" Yukio asked in exasperation.
Tentatively, Rin unclenched his nose, and took a short quick sniff. Then another. Then another.
"Rin, stop that. You sound like a dog sniffing the garbage."
"You," Rin started, unable to put his feelings into words, "You smell of… You."
Yukio's eyebrows scrunched in confusion, "What are you talking about Rin? Are you feeling sick? Should we ask Mephisto?"
Rin shook his head, "No no, you just. Your scent just- gah how do I say it? Your scent got really strong! Like, but you still smell the same, just stronger! And I can see it! It's like smoke!"
"You can see my scent?" Yukio asked, sounding dubious.
"Yes! I dunno why or how but I can!"
Yukio's head tilted to the side, as he said, "You seem pretty excited about it."
Rin realised that his head was tilted to face his tail, which was surprisingly wagging at a steady pace. Rin grunted a little, grabbing the tail to halt its movements.
Unexpectedly, Yukio wandered past his brother to leave the dorm room. As he exited the door, he hollered, "If you ever whip me with that thing I will trap it in the door."
Shiemi was a very shy girl.
When Rin was left to sulk outside of the flowery exorcist shop, which in his opinion, reeked of murder behind those pollen scent-blockers that were planted around the front of the building, a fresher scent drifted along the wind.
It was a human scent.
Rin had learned that humans and living moving creatures gave off some sort of trail. The stronger a scent was the clearer the visible smog would be. He kinda felt like a blood hound tracking its prey, which, when he thought about it, probably explained why demons would literally hunt down human victims.
The human scent was strangely earthy, which made Rin curious, considering the fact that he'd never smelled an earth-human before. In fact, as he made his way up the stairs to the peculiar-looking gate, Rin presumed he smelt like some sort of golem or something.
What he didn't expect to find was an ordinary girl around his age.
And, his curiosity being the death of him, he didn't realise that her gate was made of silver and practically burned the flesh of his knuckles off as soon as he touched it, causing it to break in violent reaction.
After a rather, ecstatic introduction; most of which being the girl screaming demon at him and throwing her sandals in his face surprisingly accurately, he somehow earned her trust by helping her with her gardening.
In all honestly Rin had no clue what had just happened.
Either way, he ended up becoming her little gardening slave, which wasn't too bad, until he almost vomited when she came back with a bucket full of watery cow pat for him to pour. He somehow persuaded her to do it instead, which saved his nose a whole lot more than she'd probably ever know.
As he sat with the blabbering girl who appeared a little lost, he took note of her scent. It was strangely musky and earthy, nothing of which that smelled feminine. Although he understood that she spent the majority of her life gardening, Rin sort of expected her to reek of pollen and possibly honey from the many bees that were buzzing noisily among her plants. But, he was okay with her smell. It was natural; not too sweet, just a natural smell that fit well with his nose unlike the rest of the world that smothered themselves in perfume and chemicals.
When the sweet, yet non-sweet-smelling girl got possessed by the freaky looking plant, and her innocent smell was overpowered by the pollen-y demon's wretched fumes, Rin was glad that she smelled nothing like flowers.
Because after that incident, Rin kinda hated flowers.
Especially the smell.
Oh god, I accidently made the Shiemi part sound a bit like a pairing.
Sugar, that was NOT intentional.
I was trying to describe her smell as something comfortable, so think of it like that.
They're just friends though. At least, in this fanfic. (I'm well aware that Rin has a small crush on her in the manga, but she kinda punched him in the face with words and played the friends forever card – poor Rin XD)
This fanfic is a no pairing, okay? Okay?
And no, I ain't a fan of Okumuracest. You people are disgusting.
Oh! I forgot you guys aren't all British, so just to clarify; cow pat= cow poop.
EVERYONE WAS OOC CAUSE I CAN'T WRITE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT YAAAAAY~
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