I hope you guys loved my last chapter! I had so much fun writing it. I just wanted to kick off the next arc with a funny chapter. In the Varia Arc, this arc doesn't start off where we meet Squalo and Basil for the first time. Instead, it starts off where everyone is getting their own home tutors, so Kuroi is going to meet Dino pretty soon. Yyyaaayyy Dino! He's so funny. I will try to make the chapters have hardly any filler in them. Unless, you want it that in there. But, I doubt that you would.

By the way, I am drawing Kuroi's design/character anti will post it on DeviantART soon.

Anyway, here is the beginning of a new arc and a new chapter! I hope you all enjoy!

I do not own any of Katekyo Hitman Reborn. All rights go to Akira Amano, except for the characters and things I have created.


{MONTHS LATER}

[3rd Person Limited: Kuroi]

It's been a little over a year now and the starting of a new school year for Hibari and the others. Kuroi was wandering around the halls of Hibari's precious Namimori Middle School. She was extremely bored and the demon prefect gave her direct orders to not touch, go in, nor even look at the Music Room, because whenever she played an instrument, it would end up distracting others from doing their tasks at hand.

Since, she couldn't find anything thing to do, she headed back down the hall toward the Reception Room. When she entered, she saw Hibari spinning a ring around between his index finger and his thumb while reading a book. Kuroi walked over to him and sat down next to him on the couch.

"What's that ring you're holding in your hand for?" She asked with her head cocked to the side.

"I'm not sure, but I don't really care," He said without taking his eyes off of the book he was reading.

"Oh... Neh~ Hibari?" She looked at him with adorable eyes, obviously she was trying to kiss up to him.

"Hn?" He simply grunted, still not paying full attention to her.

"Can you please play with me? I'm bored," She asked him kindly.

"No," He turned a page.

"Please? There's nothing to do, and I'm sooooooo booorrreeddd," Kuroi said as she slumped down on the couch.

"That sounds like a personal problem," Hibari continued reading and hardly paying any attention to her.

"Well, actually, it is your problem, because if I'm bored, I'm gonna start bugging you, and if I start bugging you, you're gonna get annoyed, and when you get annoyed, you'll try to bite me to death, and after you're done biting me to death, the whole thing will start all over again. But, all of that could be solved if either you play with me, or you let me play in the Music Room," She smiled triumphantly, "It's your choice."

"... If I were to... 'play' with you, what would you have me do?" He asked her reluctantly.

"Hmmm... Well... What would you be up for doing?" Kuroi wasn't sure what sort of 'game' would best interest Hibari.

"..." Hibari looked up toward the ceiling, deep in thought, "Nothing, really."

Kuroi thought about for a minute, and then light bulb went off in her head.

"Hey, Hibari, how far will a blind dog walk into a forest?" She asked him with a large smile creeping on her face.

"... Halfway, because after he walks halfway, he starts walking out of the forest," Hibari answered.

"Okay... I know a word of letters three. Add two and fewer there will be," Kuroi said with the same smile planted on her face.

Hibari looked at her, "Are you trying to riddle me, now?"

"Maybe."

"..." Hibari turned his attention back to his book, "... Few."

"You're good... Okay, let's see... Soft and fragile is my skin, I get my growth in mud, I'm dangerous as much as pretty, for if not careful, I draw blood," Kuroi riddled again.

"... A thorn."

Kuroi was getting frustrated. She wanted to stump him.

"The thunder comes before the lightning, and the lightning comes before the cloud, the rain dries all the land it touches, wrapping the earth in a blood red shroud."

"..."

"Do you give up-"

"Volcano."

"Dang it!"

"You seem into riddles."

"Well, when you have a lot of time to yourself, you start thinking..." Kuroi said as she sat back on the couch.

There was a moment of silence for a few minutes.

"I am a five-letter word and am feared by most, but experienced by all. If you remove my first and last letters, I bring life. If you add an 'r' between the third and the fourth letters, I am almost nothing, and if you remove the first letter from this new word, I am your home," Hibari said as he was reading.

Kuroi smiled. She could tell that Hibari was playing her game with her now. Who knew he'd be interested in riddles? This made her extremely happy.

"Death. No one can escape death, but many fear it. Removing the first and last letters leaves eat, and we must eat to stay alive. Adding the 'r' turns death into dearth, which is scarcity, and removing the first letter of dearth leaves earth, where we live," Kuroi answered with a grin.

"Hn. I guess you're smarter than you appear to be..." He smiled at her.

Kuroi's smile faded into a shocked expression. She was surprised to see him actually smile at her for once. He's never really smiled before, not one that was sincere anyway. The only time she has seen him smile is whenever he's wanting to fight or bite someone to death. This smile he had on now... Was completely new to her.

"What?" His smile disappeared.

"Ah-" Kuroi shook herself out of her daze, "N-nothing... It's just that.. Well... I've never really seen you smile before. Not like that anyway..."

Hibari blinked at her words and his eyes widened a little bit. He never realized that he has never actually smiled a sincere smile to her before. This was strange for him as well.

The Reception Room door suddenly slid open.

"You're Hibari Kyouya, right?"

Both Hibari and Kuroi shifted their gazes onto a tall, young man with blonde hair and brown eyes. A man with a black mustache and glasses was standing behind him.

"... And you are...?" Hibari asked him with skeptical eyes.

"I'm like Tsuna's big brother and also and acquaintance of Reborn," The blonde said, "I want to talk to you about the ring with the cloud symbol on it."

"The baby... Then you must be strong," Hibari's evil smile came to light, "Talking about the ring is not my main concern, as long as I can bite you to death."

"I see, a problematic kid indeed," He took out a whip, "That's fine. This way, things will go faster."

Kuroi narrowed her eyes at him.

Hibari looked at her, "Stay here."

Kuroi didn't trust this new guy presented before her. She walked up and analyzed him. She wasn't sure what to think. But, then again, he said he was affiliated with Reborn and Tsuna. Maybe he is a good guy, but... You can't be too careful...

"Sora..."

Kuroi's eyes widened. She turned slowly around and looked at Hibari. The look in his eyes said that he didn't want her near him. Kuroi backed away and walked behind Hibari. She gripped the back of his shirt and peered around him to look at the young man.

Hibari gave her a side glance and then diverted his attention back to the blonde.

"She's so adorable. Are you her brother?" The blonde asked him.

"No," He replied flatly.

"Oh, really now? Hmm... My mistake. It's just that you two look alike: both have a pale complexion and jet black hair. Plus, she's hiding behind you for protection it seems, and you seem to be a bit protective of her as well," He smiled.

"I look nothing like her."

"Alright. So what are you, her babysitter?"

"No."

"Hmm," The blonde seemed to be confused, "Then, who is she? What are you to her?"

Hibari glanced at her again. Kuroi was confused. Usually he'd answer without missing a beat and say that she was a nuisance or a hindrance, but this time... He didn't answer it easily at all.

Hibari was hesitating on finding the right choice of words to answer his question.

"He's my Guardian," She answered for him.

"Guardian?" The young blonde looked at Kuroi perplexed.

"Yes, Reborn assigned him to me. His only job is to protect me," Kuroi explained further.

"I see... And what might your name be?" He smiled generously, trying to be friendly.

"... Um..." She looked up at Hibari.

Hibari's gaze on her was unreadable, and as she tried to step around him, he moved into a protective and defensive stance. He obviously didn't want her near someone he wasn't familiar with.

"... Sora Kuroi... My name is Sora Kuroi," She hesitantly told the blonde her name.

"I'm Dino Cavallone. Hmm... I wonder why Reborn didn't tell me about you..."

Hibari narrowed his eyes and stood completely in front of Kuroi, blocking her vision from the unknown intruder.

"I've had enough talk. Can I just bite you to death, already?" Hibari said as he rose his tonfas.

"Fine, then what would be the best place to tame you?" The blonde teased.


The best place to fight ended up being on top of the roof of the school. Kuroi walked over to the ladder and climbed up. She decided to watch them from above. She was highly uneasy about the situation. She didn't want to see Hibari get hurt again. She didn't want to see him get tortured and defeated like how it was with Mukuro.

As the two started fighting, Kuroi became tense. She didn't like watching it, but she did to make sure that Hibari would be okay and that he wouldn't get beaten.

At one point, Hibari ended up getting his tonfa tangled in Dino's whip. However, he managed to get it loose and swung at Dino's face. Hibari was able to hit him, but it wasn't a direct hit.

The fight continued for so long, it was to the point where Kuroi couldn't tell what time it was anymore. Hibari and Dino had several wounds all over them. It was unsettling for her to watch any longer.

Kuroi jumped down to the roof and while Dino was talking to Hibari momentarily to stop the fight for a few seconds, Kuroi snuck up behind Dino and pounced on him.

"Hey- what are you doing!?" He lost his balance a little due to being surprised.

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!" She held on to him, keeping her eyes shut as she yelled.

"W-What?"

"Stop it! Stop the fighting! It's going nowhere! You guys have been up here for hours fighting. Nothing has happened," She explained herself.

"Hehe, I'm sorry that we're boring you," Dino laughed.

"It's not that you're boring me, it's that you guys aren't going anywhere with this. The fight is so neutral," Kuroi said as she continued to hold on to Dino's shoulders.

"Haha, don't worry, we'll be done soon," Dino tried to reassure her, but Kuroi put on her poker face and jumped down from Dino.

She walked over to Hibari and tugged on his shirt, gesturing him to kneel down. Hibari bent down so that their faces were just inches apart.

"Make it quick, please," She said deadpanned.

He smirked and stood back upright, "I will."

Kuroi walked off of the battlefield and looked over toward the fence. An older man was leaning up against it. He was the same man from before when Dino first came into the Reception Room. Kuroi walked over to him and analyzed him.

"Hello there, little one," He smiled, "You are Sora Kuroi, are you not?"

"Yes," She looked up at him with innocent eyes.

"My name is Romario," He introduced himself.

"Who is he really?" She pointed at Dino.

"That person is Dino Cavallone. He is the Tenth Generation Boss of the Cavallone Famiglia."

"So what are you?"

"I'm just his subordinate. I work under him," He explained.

"Oh... Do you like working for him?" She asked.

"Yes, actually. He takes great care of us and it is much appreciated," He smiled sincerely.

"What is a Famiglia?" Kuroi continued to ask questions.

"A Famiglia is basically family in Italian. The Cavallone are part of the mafia. We are mafioso."

"Is that what the Vongola is?"

"Yes. We are allied with them. How do you know about the Vongola?"

"I heard Reborn mention it to Tsuna when he was deciding on my Guardian."

"Really now? I'm guessing that is your eh... Guardian?" He gestured to Hibari.

"Yup!"

"How long have you known Reborn?"

"About a year."

"Has he mentioned to you anything about the Vongola, such as the rings?"

"Um... No, I don't think so. The only ring he's ever talked about was this one," Kuroi held up her ring on her right hand, "He mentioned shortly that this ring was powerful, though I don't know why..."

"... Where did you get that?" He asked. Romario's demeanor shifted into a more serious tone.

"It's a family heirloom. When my parents died, I was given the ring."

"I see... Do you know what that ring is?"

"Kind of... Mu-..." Kuroi was hesitant to same the name, "... Rokudo Mukuro... Said that the ring was powerful and that it had something to do with Hell. He said something about me being the 'Keeper of Hell' or something like that. I don't think those are the exact words, though..."

"Hmm..." Romario was deep in thought, "Well, if I were you, I'd keep that ring safe."

"I guess..."

Kuroi and Romario continued to watch the battle between Dino and Hibari. Kuroi was growing rather bored, so she decided to leave.

Kuroi walked out through the exit door and went downstairs. She thought for a little bit about what she should do for entertainment. She thought about going back to the Reception Room, but then she remembered that there was never anything to do in there. She thought about walking around the school grounds, but that didn't seem fun either. She thought about going to see Yamamoto, Tsuna and Gokudera, but they were in class right now, so she couldn't bother them. She thought about every possible solution and ended up turning every single one of them down. The only thing that she could come up with that would interest her and keep her occupied, was going to the Music Room.

Kuroi hesitated to go there, though, since Hibari made it pretty clear that she wasn't aloud to go there anymore because she distracts people whenever she plays. Kuroi couldn't decide on obeying his orders or rebelling and going there despite what he said. Because she was so desperate for entertainment, she decided to go there anyway.

After a while, she was able to make it down to the first floor where the Music Room was located. She walked in and thought about what instrument to play. She thought about the piano, but then again, she's played it already. She looked around the room for the right instrument to play. She couldn't decided, so she picked at random and ended up picking a saxophone. She looked over it and a mischievous smile crept onto her face...


She retuned back up to the rooftop.

"Neh~ Romario?" She called out for him.

"Ah- Kuroi-san. What do you have behind your back?" Romario asked her.

"You wanna make this fight more interesting?" She smiled evilly.

"Hmm...?"

Kuroi pulled out the saxophone and sat on the railing, "Watch this."

"Watcha doing there?"

"Well, since those two are too involved in their fight, I'm gonna play a little bit of background music for them."

"Um... Alright..."

As the two continued fighting, Kuroi started to play her idea of background music. Now, it would've been fine and all if the music she played actually went with the fight. The music she played was known as Yakety Sax. The sound of this music made the fight seem more comical than serious.

As the song continued, Romario couldn't help but laugh.

"See, Yakety Sax makes everything sound funny," She laughed and restarted the song.

"Heh heh, it does," Romario was trying hard not to laugh.

Dino and Hibari finally realized the music going on and looked at Kuroi.

"What are you doing, herbivore?" Hibari asked annoyed.

"Making your fight seem more interesting," She smiled.

"Stop it."

"You're no fun..."

"C'mon, Kyouya, she's just trying to have some fun-" Dino was interupted by a tonfa being swung at him.

"Don't speak of my name so informally." Hibari continued to swing at Dino with his tonfas.

Kuroi smiled at them as they fought, she continued to play other pieces of music. Most of them were exceptionally comical.

Kuroi didn't understand who these two new people were, but they seemed okay. Dino said that he was affiliated with Reborn and Tsuna, so does that mean he's a friend of their's or does he just know them? Does that mean that he's a friend of her's as well?

She didn't know what to think of these people. She wasn't sure if she should trust them or not. Though, the only way to find out is to just get to know them better. Then again, she could just ask Reborn, but it wouldn't be as interesting would it?

[END]


Yyyaaayyyy! Dino has finally made an appearance! I hope this was a good chapter to start the Varia Arc off with. Hope you guys liked it. And don't you find it funny that Hibari's riddle's answer was death. Knowing Hibari... That just suits him.

I do not own the Yakety Sax song. Look it up on YouTube or something if you want to know what the song sounded like.

Tell me what you think in a review and let me know your favorite part and (or) quote. Until next time, I will see you in the next update.

POOF!