From the Beginning

Part 1

It was lunchtime at Daikon Middle School. Ichigo sighed, and her friend Miwa heard her, and asked, "What's up, Ichigo?"

"Aoyama won't stop hitting on me," Ichigo said. "Really, I don't know what the girls here see in him."

Moe overheard her and asked, "Can we beat him up?"

"Come on, you just got back from the last suspension," Ichigo moaned. "Tell you what, give it a week, and if he's still at it, THEN he can go down. I have to admit, it would be fun to see the school's kendo star taken down by you two."

"Oh fine," Miwa said sulkily. "Hey, should we go out for ice cream after school?"

"Sure!" Ichigo and Moe chorused.

This plan was later derailed after the science teacher put Moe and Miwa in detention for asking him if he'd ever had chemicals explode in his face. He had been teaching them the dangers of improperly mixing chemicals, and Moe and Miwa got it into their heads that due to the amount of liver spots the hundred-and-two-year-old teacher had on his face, he must have had some kind of chemical accident.

Ichigo sighed as she walked out of school after saying goodbye to her friends at the detention room. She still hadn't told them about the incident in the park over the weekend. She had apparently fainted during the earthquake that had struck, and she had had the weirdest dream; a small black cat had jumped into her after she picked it up.

Lost in thought, she didn't notice that Aoyama had come over to her until he called, "Momomiya-san!"

"What NOW?" Ichigo asked exasperatedly. "I already told you I wasn't interested!"

"I just wanted to ask if you'd go to the amusement park with me today…." Aoyama said.

"The answer is no. Get lost," Ichigo said, and walked away. Little did she know, someone was watching her.

Ichigo left the school grounds, and started walking home. As she was passing a clock tower, she felt like someone was watching her. Stopping, she looked around. Suddenly a voice called, "Up here, honey!"

Ichigo looked up at the clock tower, just as someone jumped off of it. Before she could move, she felt soft lips touch hers, and her eyes widened. Something in her decided she liked this, though, and without really thinking about it, she kissed back. She broke it off a minute later, and looked at whoever had kissed her. To her surprise, the boy in front of her had long, elf-like ears, and cat-like golden eyes- which also happened to be the hottest things she had ever seen. "Who are you?" she asked. "And not that I mind, but why did you kiss me?"

"My name is Kisshu," the boy said. "And as for the kiss- well, think of it as a greeting. I didn't exactly expect you to kiss me back, though, considering who you are."

"Who I am?" Ichigo asked. "Do we know each other?"

Kisshu looked at her in amazement, and she blushed. "No one told you?" he asked. "You're infused with the DNA of a cat."

Ichigo didn't know what to say. Finally she asked, "How do you know?"

"I have information on all of the girls that blonde guy infused with animal DNA," Kisshu said.

"Blonde guy?" Ichigo asked.

"I'm surprised he hasn't contacted you yet," Kisshu said. "He's dead set on destroying my entire race, and he infused five girls, you included, with animal DNA so he'd have his own little army."

"I didn't know that," Ichigo said. She was ticked off; who did this guy think he was, infusing her with animal DNA without her permission? "Do you know where he is?" she asked. "He's going DOWN."

Kisshu smirked, which Ichigo found to be really hot, and held out a hand. "I'll take you there," he said.

Without really thinking about what could happen, Ichigo took his hand- and suddenly felt like she couldn't breathe, as the air rippled around them. A few seconds later, the feeling vanished, and she caught her breath. "Sorry, teleporting can make you feel weird," Kisshu said. He pointed to a building that looked like a giant pink cupcake, and said, "That's where he is. He'll probably attack me on sight; do you mind if I wait out here?"

"Not at all," Ichigo said, and went up to the doors of the building. Considering her mood, she normally would probably have kicked them down, but for some reason, she decided banging was better. She started banging on the door, until it opened, and a stuck-up looking blonde boy came out. Ichigo didn't give him a chance to speak, she simply asked, "Are you the blonde guy who infused me with cat DNA?"

"Yeah, I'm Shirogane Ryou, and you're a part of the Mew Project," the boy said.

Ichigo snarled and punched him in the face. "Who the hell do you think you are?" she snarled. "I didn't give you permission to infuse me with cat DNA, and I refuse to be a part of your little army of half-animal girls. If you wanted someone who was willing to obey orders from a stuck-up jerk without questions, you chose the wrong person. I'd recommend staying out of my life, or I'll be more than happy to tell the police about this. I'm fairly certain turning people half-animal without permission is illegal, wouldn't you think?"

"You don't have a choice, you're needed to fight off the aliens who are here to take over Earth," Ryou said.

"Not interested, and I DO have a choice, because I'm not your slave," Ichigo said. She turned to leave, and Ryou grabbed her wrist. Unfortunately for him, she'd learned from Moe and Miwa, and judo-threw him on the ground, knocking him out. Then she went back to where Kisshu was.

He smiled when she walked up to him. "Nice," he said appreciatively.

"Thanks," Ichigo said, smirking. "But are you one of the aliens trying to take over the Earth?"

"Yeah," Kisshu said, turning serious. "My home planet is dying, and my people need a better place to live. My people- the Cyniclons- lived on Earth millions of years ago, but the conditions here became too dangerous for us, and we were forced to move to another planet. But the one we arrived on really wasn't much better. We don't really know why it's dying, but we need a place to live."

"I would think you'd choose a planet that's not polluted like Earth is," Ichigo said. "Unfortunately, humans haven't done a great job of keeping it clean."

"Why is that?" Kisshu asked. "It's awful, how polluted it is here."

"For a long time, people didn't realize that pollutants were being released into the air; we didn't have the knowledge or technology to figure that out," Ichigo explained. "Ancient humans believed the world was flat; not much was really known about the planet until recently. It's really only been recently that we've realized we need to take better care of our world."

"Wow…." Kisshu said. "Part of my mission was to kill all the humans too. I don't really know why."

"But you're only one person," Ichigo commented. "That seems impossible. Or at least, to kill all the humans would take years. There's billions of humans on Earth. If whoever sent you here wanted you to kill all the humans, they might not have thought this through."

Kisshu looked worried, but then looked over her shoulder, and said, "We'd better get out of here, Blondie woke up." He took her hand and teleported again.

This time they landed in a park, and Ichigo realized they were close to her house. "We're pretty close to my house; do you want to come over for a while?" Ichigo asked.

"Won't your parents mind?" Kisshu asked.

"I doubt it," Ichigo said. She took his hand, and started pulling him down the sidewalk. Kisshu followed a bit hesitantly, but let her pull him to her house.

"You've got a nice house," he said when they reached the front door.

"Thanks," Ichigo said, smiling. Then she opened the door, and called, "I'm home, and I brought a friend!"

Ichigo's mom Sakura came in, and looked startled. "Who's this?" she asked.

"This is Kisshu," Ichigo said. "We met while I was walking home; Moe and Miwa decided they'd ask why our science teacher has so many liver spots, so they're in detention till Thursday."

Kisshu started laughing as Sakura sighed. "So you brought home someone you met on the street?" she asked wearily. "Didn't I teach you better?"

"It's a little more complicated than that," Ichigo said. "Can we come in?"

"Okay," Sakura said. "Should I get your dad?"

"Dad's actually home before dinner?" Ichigo asked.

"He got off early," Sakura said. "Something about a fire alarm. Come on in, and don't forget to take your shoes off."

Ichigo took her shoes off, and Kisshu took his boots off, then followed Ichigo to the living room. Shintaro, Ichigo's dad, looked up from his book, and asked warily, "Who's this?"

"I'm Kisshu," Kisshu said, bowing slightly.

"Ichigo, you said you had a complicated reason for bringing Kisshu here; would you like to explain?" Sakura asked, sitting down on the sofa.

Ichigo pulled Kisshu over to the loveseat, and they sat down. Then Ichigo said, "Kisshu informed me that some guy infused me with cat DNA over the weekend, which I was unaware of."

"How could you be unaware of something like that?" Shintaro asked.

"I fell and got knocked out during that earthquake in the park this weekend; he probably did it then," Ichigo said. "Anyways, Kisshu told me this, and took me to see the guy. The guy said his name was Shirogane Ryou, and that I was a part of the Mew Project. I told him I wasn't interested, and he told me I didn't have a choice and grabbed my wrist, so I threw him on the ground and knocked him out, and then came back here with Kisshu."

"That name sounds familiar," Sakura said. "Shintaro, isn't he the guy who put an ad in the paper, saying he was opening a bakery called Café Mew Mew soon?"

"Yeah…" Shintaro said. "Ichigo, you said that he said you were a part of the 'Mew Project'?"

"Yeah, he acted like I was some kind of experiment, and he said I didn't have a choice in being a part of his 'Mew Project'," Ichigo said. "He said I was needed to fight off aliens, and I told him aliens weren't my problem. He seemed like a control freak to me- not to mention arrogant."

"Sounds like we need to call the police; if he thinks you have no choice in the matter, he could be dangerous," Shintaro said. He got up to get the phone, but then the doorbell rang. Sighing, Shintaro went to get it, and they heard him say, "Who are you? You'd better not be Shirogane, because you're going down if you are."

"Why would I go down?" Ryou's voice asked.

"No one gets to mess with my daughter and live to tell the tale," Shintaro said menacingly. "Whether or not you think you can control her life isn't important. I'm her father, and I'm forbidding her from having any contact with you. Now if you don't mind, I'm off to call the police so they can arrest you for infusing MY daughter with cat DNA."

"You're going to regret messing with me, not the other way around," Ryou snarled.

In the living room, Sakura picked up the phone and dialed 911. When she got a response, she said, "I need you to send someone to 246 Ayame Street; there's some guy here threatening my husband. Good, thanks." She hung up, as they heard something that sounded like a body hitting the floor. Sakura, Kisshu, and Ichigo ran out, and found Ryou unconscious. "I called the police," Sakura said. "They'll be here soon."

"Good," Shintaro said.

About five minutes later, they heard sirens, and two police cars pulled up. Two officers got out, and came up to the door. "Is this the guy?" one of them asked.

"Yeah," Shintaro said.

"Do you know why he was threatening you?" the other officer asked.

"He wasn't too happy when I told him he couldn't control my daughter's life, and he was even less happy when I told him I was calling the police," Shintaro said.

"Why would he be trying to control your daughter's life?" the first officer asked.

"He infused her with cat DNA, and apparently now he thinks she belongs to him, and he can order her around," Shintaro said. "Ichigo also mentioned something called the 'Mew Project'. You might want to ask him what that is."

"The Mew Project?" the other officer asked. "Isn't that that thing Nowaki just found out about? The illegal project some guy called Shirogane came up with?"

"Yeah…" the first officer said. "Your daughter's caught up in that?"

"She refused to work for Shirogane here, and he tried to force her to go with him," Shintaro said. "Luckily her friends taught her some self-defense moves, and she got away."

Ryou was waking up, and he looked up to see two police officers looking at him. One of them grabbed him and twisted his arms behind his back, putting him in handcuffs as the other officer said to Shintaro, "We'll take him in for questioning, and keep you informed."

"Thank you," Shintaro said. The officers nodded and dragged Ryou off as he shouted, "You're all going to regret this!"

Shintaro just closed the door.

This is an idea I came up with, and it could be continued, but I'd like to see if anyone actually likes it first. I've got plenty of other stories that could use attention if no one likes this idea. Review plz!