Disclaimer: Fushigi Yuugi and all of its characters belong to Yuu Watase.

I. Regrets.

It was the anniversary of the day she had been devoured by the beast god and then revived by the best friend she had doubted for so long. The anniversary of the day she had fallen into the arms of the man she thought she now loved. And despite this anniversary, there was still so much that she did not know or could not forget. Tetsuya was kind, he was even sweet, but the spark of passion was somehow missing. Sometimes, it felt like they were together just because they were a couple. Yui didn't want to admit it, but she was jealous of the love Miaka and Taka shared. Was she only with Tetsuya because he had rescued her? The fact that she questioned told her a painful truth.

She took a seat at her desk and slid open her drawer, pulling out Nakago's sapphire earring. If only she had trusted, had looked within herself to admit what she didn't want to. That she had been the cause of the rift between Miaka and herself. For all the hurt around. The deaths of her seishi. Could she have protected them? She would never know.

And the people of Kutou.

She had never done anything for the people who had trusted her with their lives. She had become so embroiled in her conflict with Miaka and the lies Nakago had fed her that she had forgotten her sworn duty as the Priestess of Seiryuu, which was to bring peace to her land, not wreak further havoc.

She rolled the earring around in her palm. There was no real need to keep the earring, but something compelled her to hang on to it. It served as a reminder of lessons learned and lessons that must never be forgotten.

Is that your wish?

She blinked and stared at the earring. Had it just spoken to her?

It is I, Seiryuu.

She hesitated. "Seiryuu?" she whispered.

The earring said nothing, only seemed to wait.

"What do you want?"

If you could go back and do everything again, would you?

To return to her fifteen-year old self, so full of insecurities and pain. Did she want that?

Yet the chance to make amends…

"Will I remember what I know now?" she asked.

You will, but to speak of it will undo the spell. Are you willing to risk that?

"I would do anything to have another chance," Yui whispered.

Then another chance you will have.

The world around her began to swirl. "Wait!" she cried. She threw her arms in front of her face as blue light blinded her. "How is this possible?"

There was no answer, only the gradual displacement of her bedroom to the all-too-familiar forlorn streets of the capital of Kutou. How could this be? The events of the book had gone and happened a year ago. How was she here again? Yui hugged herself, forcing the ice in her stomach to dispel. Yes, she remembered these streets. There was the beggar simply sitting against a shabby building, the grass growing out of cracks in the street. Before, she had been so preoccupied with searching for Miaka that she had paid him no notice. This time however…

Yui paused before the man, who didn't even look up at her, so disheartened he was. His bare feet were leathered and he only wore a thin layer of clothing, which was so patched there was barely any of the original tunic left. Her fingers tightened into a fist around Nakago's earring, and the sharp end jabbed her palm.

Remember…

She would not forget.

Carefully she tucked the stud into her breast pocket. Then she turned her attention onto the beggar. "Mister," she said as she knelt before him. "Can I help you?"

He raised his head and empty eyes met hers. "Missus?"

She slipped off her jacket and wrapped it around him. "Here, it's not much, but it's the least I can do."

His worn face broke into a smile that revealed missing teeth and he bobbed his head. "Oh, thank ye, yer too kind!"

Yui bowed her head. "It is what one should do," she said as she got to her feet. She backed away and realized that her shoulder-length hair was back to its boyish cut. She ran a hand through. Time really had unwound then. And this time she knew what was going to happen. This time, things would be different.

"Miaka?" she called, but there would be no response. There would be no response because her best friend had removed her school uniform, severing their connection and almost their friendship. She still had to try though.

"Hey, look at that girl."

She flinched at the words that were still burned into her memory. No. It couldn't be happening again. It couldn't! She broke into a run.

Catcalls, then whoops.

The hunt was on and she was the hapless prey.

"Get her!"

The brute tackled her to the ground. Yui beat at him with her fists before two of the other men pinned her wrists down. Yui screamed and kicked as they flipped her onto her back. The man on top of her started ripping her clothes off, and she shut down. No! She didn't want this again! She didn't want his stinking, hot breath on her! She squeezed her eyes shut, not wanting to give them any pleasure. Nakago was going to show up and rescue her. He had to! This time she wasn't going to faint so he would have the handy excuse of pretending she had been raped before he could save her. That knowledge didn't help the utter violation she felt of foreign, unwanted hands on her skin and the way they caressed her like she was an object. She tried to scream, to get help, anyone, but her voice was gone. She struggled, but they merely laughed. "You're going to regret this," she spat as she glared at them.

"Feisty, aren't you? Don't you want to play with us?" the man sitting on her asked. He licked his lips and leaned in close.

Remember…


A/N: Hi everyone! The idea for this story stemmed from a conversation with harukonekonya and me where we discussed wanting to see what would happen if Yui had the chance to redo her story in the Universe of the Four Gods. I had a story a long time ago, too, about having another Seiryuu Priestess but dropped it after only a chapter or two, so I thought this would be an interesting challenge. The meaning of the title is basically The Legend of Seiryuu's Restart. harukonekonya translated it for me. c: Thanks!

I'm going to also try to update at least somewhat regularly, which is something I haven't been doing with my Tenkyoku fic (going to try to be more regular with updates there, too). Anyway, hope you enjoy this story!

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March 19, 2015: As a bonus, I've added an omake for this chapter! I've been writing them for my later chapters, but the first few chapters are missing them. I'm going to slowly work on adding an omake for the chapters that still need them.

Fushigi Akugi: The Hapless Dragon and the Stubborn Maiden of the East

She rolled the earring around in her palm. There was no real need to keep the earring, but something compelled her to hang on to it. It served as a reminder of lessons learned and lessons that must never be forgotten.

Is that your wish?

She blinked and stared at the earring. Had it just spoken to her?

It is I, Seiryuu.

She hesitated. "Seiryuu?" she whispered.

The earring said nothing, only seemed to wait.

"What do you want?"

If you could go back and do everything again, would you?

To return to her fifteen-year old self, so full of insecurities and pain. Did she want that?

No. Hell no. "Naw," she said. "I'll pass."

B-b-but... my Priestess...!

"No!" she snapped. The intensity of her voice increased with each word. "No! No! No! AND NO!"

My poor people! And country!

"-can take care of themselves! I'm never going back into that cursed book!"

Pleeaaaaaaaaaaase?

"Nope."

I'll give you five wishes instead. Five! And I promise I won't devour you!

Yui flung the earring against the wall, and it shattered, breaking the heart of Seiryuu into a million theoretical pieces. Huffing, she was about to stomp out of her room when everything around her shifted, and she found herself...

Back in the book.

Three wishes, no guarantee that I won't devour you, make sure to save Kutou this time.

It was as if the dragon were smirking at her. Ooooh she hated him. Hated him, hated him, hated him. How dare he (and that stupid book!) try to ruin her life again.

She was going to kill him. Or seal him. And render her guardian seishi useless. Her own God.

The people of Kutou were doomed.