East meets West
part 5 "Farewells of the innocence"
By BANE Huntress
Yuusuke almost fell over. Yukina did with her hand clasped over her mouth in shock. as Kawabara came to her rescue.
"But... But I can't sense anything wrong with him" Yukina gasped, "He's just tired... that's all, he's going to get stronger Hiei... it just might take some time"
Hiei growled under his breath "No... Even Gankai told me that... He's dieing I tell you... I..." he turned away again, arm's folded tightly over his chest.
Yuusuke took a deep breath, so it was only Hiei's over protective imagination "Hiei you don't have to worry us all half to death!"
Yukina shuck off Kawabaras hand's and went to her brothers side, "Hiei... why did you say that?" she asked putting a hand on his shoulder "I understand you don't want to leave Kurama right now.. but that's a bit hard to scare us all like that"
"I... I..." suddenly the little fire demon turned and grabbed his twin sisters shoulders hard "Yukina please believe me... something's wrong with him... even you should see he's not getting better, he's only getting worse!!!" he hung his head low "Please Yukina" his voice almost a plee "I can feel something's deadly wrong with Kurama... I don't know what but something's so wrong" another tear gem hit the floor as he put a fist to his own chest and looked into his sisters wide eye's "It hurt's Yukina... I can feel something eating away all his strength like a leach and there's nothing I can do to stop it... it hurt's so much..." he trayald off.
Yuusuke looked away, he never thought he would see Hiei brake down infrunt of everyone like this, there must be something wrong with the half Youko to make Hiei acked the way he was. He glansed over to Kawabara, wondering if the big guy was as stupid as Hiei clamed and say something foolish that would more than likely get him killed, but the bigger boy was stood with his mouth tightly closed as he watched Yukina hug her sobing brother.
Then Kawabara noticed Yuusuke looking at him, the larger boy frouned "I take it Hiei and Kurama are an item now?"
Yuusuke tried to stop his jaw from hitting the floor again "how?... when?... who told you?"
Kawabara sighed "for our leader Yuusuke, your not the most observant of people... it's been obveuse for year's... I was just wondering when Kurama would finaly crack Hiei's stone wall"
Yuusuke couldn't help but stare wide eyed as Kawabara watched him with an amused smile. "and Hiei call's me thick"
Yuusuke sighed "well at least you know now" he grumbled.
Suddenly everyone felt a rush of battle Ki.
"Kurama.." everyone gasped in unison.
Kurama woke to silence, at first he thought he had been left alone then he felt another presans near him. He managed to open his eye's even though the effort was enough to make his head spin. "Hiei?"
There wasn't an answer, he moved his head to the side to see who was there, his eye's met with a tall black shadow, glowing golden eye's looked down at him.
"who...?" Kurama asked as he strained to sit up. He could feel no threat in the figure, but still he was a little on edge.
A black clad hand was laid against his chest "don't move... your tired I can see that" the figure said it's face shrouded in the shadows of a large hood.
"Who are you?... what are you doing here?" Kurama said as he lay back down.
The figure sat at his side on the sofa "I came to see you" it said in a soft soothing voice "and to see how you are doing"
"Why?" Kurama asked warily, he was to weak to put up any kind of fight, and he doubted he could shout for help if need be.
The figure chuckled to himself "because you are the future of my kind" the hand moved from his chest and brushed red hair from Kurama's forehead, "I know you are hurting now my half Youko, half Ningen, but soon the pain will end... I promise you that"
Kurama wanted to shrink away from the hand on his cheek "what do you mean?" he whispered as he stared into those golden eye's.
The figure moved it's hidden face closer "this is easier when you are asleep... relax, I wont hurt you".
Kurama froze as the stranger pulled the collier of his shirt down to reveal the scar Hiei had given him, "what are you doing!?" he said in alarm.
"Shhh..." the figure uttered as Kurama felt something warm touch his flesh.
Yuusuke was the first person in the room were they had left Kurama, he looked at the sofa and found nothing but the covers strooned over the floor even the coffee table had been up-ended, the place was a mess.
"Kurama?" he called into the silence.
"He's over there" Kawabara said from behind him.
Yuusuke looked in the corner over by the TV, Kurama sat in a fighting crouch, his back firmly braced agenced the wall.
Yuusuke walked over to him and realized what was wrong, Silver hair ruled instead of red about the half Youko's frame. he reached out to touch his friend who was panting hard, his head down, "Kurama?" he asked worridly.
There was a flash of movment as the Youko tried to slash at him with his talon's, Yuusuke jumped out of the way just in time as Kurama's hand wiped passed his face.
"Stay back!" Kurama panted "All of you... Stay back!".
"Kurama.... What the hell happend?... Why are you in Youko form!?" Yuusuke asked despratly.
"Someone was here!" the Youko panted "I... there still here... I think?... I ...Leave me alone!"
"Kurama none's here now... there gone" Yuusuke tried to resone. He steped back as the Youko looked up at him, Blood ran down Kurama's chin from his mouth, and more blood seeped from his neck.
"Kurama... What the hell did you do, your bleeding, you bit your tong or something?" Kawabara asked carmly.
Kurama hissed at him "Leave me alone!"
Yuusuke knew the Youko could almost be as cold and unfeeling as Hiei at time's, but he had never seen his half Youko so ruffled befor, not even in the heat of battle when thing's where going sour, did the Youko show any sign of being anything other than a bit pissed off... now he saw nothing but fear in the golden eye's.
"Kurama you have to let Yukina take a look at you... she's not going to like you bleeding all over the floor" Yuusuke looked over his shoulder to see the little ice demon standing worridly by Kawabara's side. He turned back to the frightend Youko, he reached out to try and touch his arm, but Kurama flinched vilolantly, flatening himself totaly againced the wall, "stay away from ME!!!!" he shreaked "I'm not going to tell YOU again!"
"But Kurama..!?" Yuusuke was just about try and talk some sence into the half crazed Youko, when he felt a hand on his sholder.
"You are trying to talk sence to a cornerd, ingerd and weak Youko who is frightend out of his skin?" came Hiei deep and amused voice "maybe you should talk to the wall... at least it wont try and kill you if you carry on like you are doing."
Yuusuke looked up at the fire demon with a hot retort on his lips but realized Hiei wasn't looking at him.
"You and the others go stand by the door... and all of you keep your mouth's shut... What ever happens"
Yuusuke did as he was told and joined Yukina and Kawabara by the door.
Hiei had chased the Ki he had felt vagly around the Tempal for the last few day's, only right now, for a moment, it was strong enough to folow. But as he turnd a corner in the Tempal it was gone, as if who ever it belonged too had gated right there on the spot and left no trace energy of a gate.
He had snarled at nothing, then gone back to the siting room, to find Yuusuke trying to talk to a Youko who had lost all his sences to fear.
Now he stood infrunt off the couring silver Youko, arms across his chest.
"Kurama?" he said in a calm even voice.
The Youko hid his head in his arms. "Go away", he snarled.
Hiei could sense how weak the Youko's Ki was and fround, the only time Kurama reverted to Youko form was under attack or when his ningen form was thretand by death.
"Kurama!" he said more forsfully "who ever it was who attacked you is gone now..."
Kurama peecked over his arm, his golden eyes wide as they flited about the room, "I... I can still sence him" he wisperd.
"Who?" Hiei asked with a froun.
"The shadow... He... He... He was here... He..." Kurama was panting in fear again, as he spat out a gob of blood which he shrank away from, "The shadow... He's going to come back... I... I... the shadow!"
Hiei could see the Youko was about to go into another fit of fear sparked violance. "Kurama look at me!" he comanded, he didn't want to have to deal with a Youko who sudenly discided they wanted to be someplace else.
The Youko didn't respond as he staered fixadly at the blood by his feet on the floor.
"KURAMA!" Hiei shouted "Kurama, if you don't look at me right now I'll do more harm to you than any shadow!" he finished with a snarle.
That got a responce, as the Youko gasped, his eye's flew to Hiei's instantly, looking for anysign of a threat, he tensed ready to counter anything Hiei would try.
"Kurama" Hiei said more carmly as he let his face split into a smile "it's me... You know I won't let anything happen to you now"
"But... But..." Kurama stutterd, taken off guard he relaxed a bit "but you where not here!"
Hiei bit on a curse "I know... Kurama... I'm sorry..." he sighed then let his arms fall to his sides "I won't leave you again... I promis... I'll keep all the shadows away now"
A large tear fell down Kurama's cheek, now pailer than normal even for the Youko. "I'm scared" he wisperd softly.
Hiei sighed "I know you are..." then he opened his arm's out to the half Ningen "come here... I'll protect you now... I won't have you afraid"
Kurama trembaled "you promise?"
Hiei took the risk of taking a step closer "I marked you Kurama, with a promise nether of us can brake, I stand by my pledge to you... I won't let anyone hurt you if I still breath"
Kurama sterd at him for a bit, then touched the scar at his neck, still damp from blood, even though it was again fully healed.
Hiei had been worried about this part of there binding, he had clamed the Ningen half of Kurama, but he didn't know if he had any-right to the Youko side... now he could see his teeth marks clearly on the alabaster neck of Youko Kurama. Hiei couldn't help but feeling a bolt of pride at atchely having been able to catch the infamuse, thief, roge and lady-killer THE Youko Kurama... Hiei always had to be the best at everything, and now HE would be the envey of nearly all of the Makai in one form or another. He had to fight to stop the feral grin that came to his lips as he tried to soothe HIS Youko.
"Kurama..." he said again taking another step closer, arm's out spread.
Before even Hiei could react the Youko leaped up and throw his arms around the little fire demon's waste, burrying his face in his chest as he nelt on the floor before him.
Once Hiei got over the initial surprise he hugged Kurama to him, burrying his hand's in soft silver hair. The Youko was shaking vilantly, as he sobed into Hiei's black top.
"Shhh..." Hiei said trying to soothe the Youko the way he remebered Kurama doing to him sometimes, "it's all right now, I wont leave you again" he felt tears coming to his own eye's and tried to fight them back.
Kurama's grip became tighter "I'm firightend..." Youko gasped "Something's wrong... something inside me"
Hiei cast a look of black triumph over his shoulder at the others, in an 'I told you so' way.
Yukina nodded her eye's wide and face paile.
"I'll go tell Koenma that the Uramashi team will be out of action till all this is sorted out". Yuusuke said his fists clenched, "We'll find this shadow Bastard and find out what he's done to Kurama" Then he turned and waked Kawabara on the arm, "come on man, we have a toddler to visit"
Kawabara nodded solemly as he left with Yuusuke.
Hiei watched them leave, even though he didn't like Kawabara and he didn't give a damn ether way about Yuusuke, they were friend's of a sort. Though he douted they would do the same for him if it was he and not Kurama.
With a sigh he turned back to Kurama, "Come on" he said giving a little squease "let's get you on the sofa... we can't stand like this all night".
Kurama trembaled then slackend his hold a little and let Hiei guide him to the sofa where Yukina had rearanged the covers and pillows. He layed the Youko down then sat facing him.
"Kurama... what happened?" He asked softly, but the Youko's eyes were already closing.
Yuusuke burst into Koenma's office past George, to find Botan blushing over the angel they had talked to a few day's ago, and little Koenma didn't look to happy.
"I was wondering IF you lot had forgoten where this place WAS!" Koenma snaped.
"Before you start...!" Yuusuke was just about to shout back when Koenma suddenly became his grownup self.
"When I call YOU, your meant to get HERE as soon as posibal! NOT fanny about with your ningen lives... I've had to send another Team to sort out the mess you were meant to do!... And where is Hiei!... And shouldn't Kurama be up and about by NOW?!"
Everyone in the room looked at Koenma in shock, he hardly ever rased his voice.
"Come on Koenma..." the angel tried to soothe things.
Koenma turned cold eye's on his unkal "You get out of my office now!" he shreeked "it's cos of you that Botan's couldn't go get them... now get out before I have George throw you out!"
The angel looked hurt and with one fluid movment he turned and left the office.
"You didn't have to be that hard on him Koenma!" Botan sniffed.
Koenma gritted his teeth as he gleard at her.
"The Uramashi team..." Yuusuke said in an angry voice "is out of action from this point on, until I say otherwise" his fists clenche. This was going to be harder than he had though it might be.
"WHAT!?" Koenma raged "you cant do that!... I won't let you, you are my best team!"
Yuusuke sighed "that's my point... WE aren't the Uramashi team with only two members Koenma... Kurama's out indefinatly and Hiei wont do anything until we sort something out about Kurama".
"What the hell are you on about!?" Koenma seethed. He obveusly wasn't in a good mood about something and Yuusuke figured it wasn't just because they hadn't turned up for an asighnment.
So Yuusuke explaind what little he knew.
Yukina and Gankai had both freted over Kurama for about three hours and Hiei was getting bored of it.
Kurama still remaind in his Youko body and still lay unconseause even though he was being proded and poked.
"I still can't sense anything wrong" Gankai concluded with a froun, "and I have no idea who this shadow figure was he talked about... hmm... I'll have a look in some old book's see if that might throw any light on this"
"I'll help" Yukina offerd "can you manage on your own Hiei?" she asked.
"Hn..." Hiei replyed, he just wanted them to leave, he was sick to the stomacke and just wanted to be alone to sort his head out.
"Come on Yukian, I could do with an extra pair of eyes and I'm sure Hiei can cope if anything else happens" then they both left there face's worrid.
Hiei scawaled at them, then looked down at the head resting on his lap, surounded buy silver hair.
"Why do you always have to make thing's dificalt?" he asked the sleeping Youko.
"Hmm...?" Kurama sturd then opened his golden eye's and looked up, "Hiei?... wha..?"
"Shhh" Hiei smiled "Your all right now... I'm here"
Kurama smilled as his hand tightend on Hiei's "I'm not used to depending on other people" his voice sounded horse and Hiei didn't miss the slight trembal of weakness the Youko tried to hide, "but I just don't seem to have any strength right now"
Hiei stroked loos silver hair away from Kurama's eyes "I know you don't...I've tried giving you some off my own but I can't do it... nether can Yukina or Gankai"
Kurama streched a little, then a predatorial grinn crossed his face "you know we had a bet... me and my Ningen side" he chuckeled softly.
"What bet?" Hiei asked with a little froune.
Kurama shifted position a little so he looked directly up at Hiei, and when he got his breath back he spoke "the Suuichi side, shell we say, of me, bet me that ether we would get you for keep's or not at all... it would seem he won"
Hiei let his froune deepen "and what did you bet?"
"I said we would get you for one night then loos you forever" he sighed.
"It would seem you loos" Hiei said softly.
Youko Kurama smiled sadly and rased one eye brow "Have I?"
Hiei lent down and kissed him soundly and deeply "yes" he replide his voice nothing but a wasper.
Kurama looked up at him, his eyes shining with unshed tears "Ai shitaru, you cold little Kurime..." his voice was fade now "but you stole what I thought unstealabul..."
Hiei steared at him wide eyed "what?" he could sense something sereusly wrong.
The Youko relaxed as the gold in his eyes lost there shine, like clouds passing over the sun, and the hold on his hand slackend.
"Kurama?" Hiei said despratly, his chest suddenly felt empty "what do you mean?"
Every muskal in Kurama's body slowly loosed as he let his last breath of air escape his lips "my heart..." he utterd and finaly he was still.
to be continued ^_^
on to part 6
hehehehehehe.... *snigger* I'm sorry, I just couldn't help my self ^+^...
Kurama: I can't BELIEVE you killed me OFF!!!
Hiei: Hn... I can...
Bane: Look... it makes for a good story, alright?
Kurama: NO.... It's NOT alright!!
Bane: *grins widely* I'm just a tragic Romantic.
Kurama: *mutters* tragic something all right...
Bane: what was that Kurama?
Kurama: nothing *innocent*
Bane: *dose not look convinced* Your only here because of people like us *grins* or would you rather be like poor Kako who hasn't even had a line in this hole story so far?
Hiei: she has a point.
Kurama: *mutters* You can shut up *talking to Hiei* your only in this cos your my bit on the side!
Bane: *grins at Hiei*
Hiei: *frowns* you have the point this time... but I'm not the one who all the shit happens to ^_^
Bane: see we are all happy with this situation.
Kurama: *mutters again* do I have a choice?
Bane & Hiei: NOPE!!!! ^_^