East meets West
part 7 "be gone spirits of the mind"
By BANE Huntress
Yukina garbed Hiei's arm as he was about to leave with the others, it was almost dawn and the sun was coming up. "Hiei... are you all right?"
Cold, flat ruby eyes, so much like her own, glared at her "ovcourse I am" he shook off her arm then flitted away to join the others as they made there way from the Tempal "Be careful!" she called after them, "Come back safe!"
"We will Yukina-san!" Kuwabara hollard, and waved frantickly.
Yukina smiled to herself, Kuwabara could be so silly at times. With a deep sigh she went back inside.
Hiei was fureus... how could they have let this happen! His holow chest filled with a vaige anger, not touching the sides at all but it was there non the less, he yerned for it to fill him but it just made him nauseuse. He huffed deeply feeling the emptiness return unbidded.
The emptiness he had let Kurama fill and moled around himself utterly, the place where he had stored all the little things the Youko did as he had watched secratly.
Now it was all gone... He sware to him self he would never let anyone get that close to him again... He was even willing to give up Yukina, let her make her own choices. He didn't want to be hurt like this again... He couldn't... He wouldn't.... His mind screamed one word as he flited away slightly from Yuusuke and Kuwabara,...
*Kurama!!.." it said over and over "Why did you leave ME!!!!!' the emptiness in his heart cried along with him.
GinHikari stured as he lay exawsted at the side of his lover. something had awakened him, he put one slender hand to his chest, something was trying to sture beneath his touch.
"What's the matter my Gin?" Kurayami asked, his golden eye's intent for a moment as he layed a hand over GinHikari's.
The feeling left him abruptly, but it had been there?... "I... I felt someone calling my name" He said softly as he looked at the sealing with a frown "they... they were angry?"
Kurayami sighed as he laied his head back on the pillow "It was nothing... Forget about it"
GinHikari turned his head to look at him "They were also very sad?... have I done something horribale to someone?" he asked almost frightend "Please Kurayami?... have I hurt someone?"
Kurayami gave a little sigh then proped himself up on his elbowe's and looked down at him "I'm sure it was nothing...maybe some part of a dream you were having?... ne?" He smiled as he put one hand on his cheek "Are you having nightmares?"
GinHikari shruged, "I supose you could be right...". But something deep inside him told him it had been no dream, that someone out there was despratly angry and sad at some act HE had commited... but he just couldn't remember what, and something was despratly trying to fight it's way up thrugh the fog of his mind.
He felt something shift in the fog and reached out twords it, he got a feeling of loss, regret and pain, then a diffrant kind off anger to the first and stronger, something almost feral in origin, it gave off the same feeling off loss though. Then suddenly it was snached away.
GinHikari opend his eye's not realizing he had closed them. To find Kurayami jentaly laying kisses on his neck, it felt good like the last time, he found himself moneing at the touch, then Kurayami took his lips and his breath from him.
Kurama was lost...
Lost in a world of eturnale nothing, Rithing around and despratly trying to brake free.
The last thing he has seen played over and over again in his head. Hiei's ruby eye's looking down at him with sorrow, Hiei's mouth curved in a brave smile he didn't feel, Hiei's arm's holding him close as the air left him and everything went bark...
He screamed into the emptiness as his body constantly shimmerd between his Youko and ninjen forms.
Then he hurd Hiei calling him, it was so faint but he fought with everything he was to answer, but nothing replyed but the everlasting silance.
Then there was something else in the fog with him... something familear but not all at the same time... He let the Youko side of him take controle as it reached out to try and grab on to that something, but then it was gone. Something black and full of shadows existed for a moment, thretaning and huge, it reeked of blood and stolen Ki.
Kurama fell back from it, as his mind realed, He screamed again his mind felt like it was about to brake if he didn't find a way out and soon.
"HIEI!" he shouted despratly then almost a lamented scream, hopeing somehow the little Kurim would know something had gone wrong as he was still alive... some how... some where.
Then he froze as another realization dawned... or was this the afterlife? or had he finaly gone mad?...
He shiverd as tear sprung to his eye's "Hiei... Help me... Please..."
Kurayami couldn't baleve his hold on Gin had almost broken, luckily he had been there or who knows what could have happend. He would have to make sure he was in constant contackt with the hope of his brother hood.
He looked at the red head who now lay asleep besides him, he touched a blood red lock of hair.
He never thought convinsing GinHikari about them being lovers would have been so easy, the lostling was so innocent and vonrabul... gulabul too, he corected himself. It was indeering he found, as he had stered into thought deep green eyes, he had wanted the redhead right there and then, but as soon as he began kissing the youth, his hair had bleeched out into silver and his eye's as Gold as his own. he had almost flinched when that had happend, he didn't think he would have any controle over the other side of his Gin, and he was surprised to see no difrense between them at all, exept maybe the silver wasn't as innocent and seemed to know what he wanted.
And the same thing had happend again when he had almost lost his hold on the red head, the hair had imedeatly losed all colour, as limbs grue a little longer. The only thing that worrid him was that GinHikari seemed not to notis the chaing, as if it was almost natcheraly for him.
Kurayami roled onto his back with a sigh, he also could not let the others know about his little slip on the hold he held over there new salvation. They would instantly disprove, after all, kidnapping Gin was no small thing and already they knew people had been sent out to look for him. He smiled to him self, They wouldn't get far... No one messed with the brother hood and lived very long.
It had been two weeks now and still they had no leed's. Hiei had lost the trail on the second day of there search and they where just floundering about searching for anything.
Yuusuke poked there camp fire with a stick, "There's nothing else we can do" he sighed deeply, he hated giving up but he had to face defeat, They had travled far to the west, which was the only lead they had. but found nothing. This part of the Makai was new and straing and seemed unbalevably empty, all the demon's, he figerd, must have emagrated to the east. But even then they found nothing about what that angel had been going on about. "We may as well go back"
"No" it was the first words Hiei had said in almost two day's, The little fire demon had been more withdrawn than he ever had been, but Yuusuke couldn't really fault him, without Kurama it just wasn't the same.
"Hiei" he said pationtly "We've found nothing... There's nothing we can do"
"Ya, we been here for days without seeing anyone" Kuwabara groaned, he wasn't enjoying him self at all and wanted to get home as much as Yuusuke.
Hiei snarled at them both "Fine... Go back to the Ningenkai... I don't need you to find Kurama..."
Yuusuke stood up his hands clenched into fists at his side "Hiei... we're going back to the Ningenkai and that's final... Kurama's dead there's nothing we can do for him now!"
Hiei sterd at him, his face impassive as usual "What need have I in the ningen?" he asked carmly his head to one side.
Yuusuke was taken aback as Hiei sterd at him, his mouth gaped a bit.
The fire demon turned his back, then said over his shoulder "Nothing..." he answred his own question "Ether I find Kurama's body or I find the ones that took him away from me" He began to walk away slowly "ether way... I'm not going back... never" in a black waft of air he was gone.
"HIEI!" Yuusuke called after him but knowing it was pointless "Hiei... come back!" his shoulders slumped, he didn't realize Hiei would just walk out and leave them, but he had a point... what was there to keep him in the ningenkai? Yukina had maniged before Hiei came about and he knew she would do again, the only reason he must have come back in the past was because of Kurama... and now that reason lay still and cold only the gods knew where. and the stupid fire demon would more than likely die trying to avenge his lovers death. "Hiei!..." he called again despratly.
"Leave him Yuusuke" Kuwabara sounded almost regretful "This is something he need's to do I guess... and nothing ether of us say is going to stop him doing it..."
Yuusuke felt a hand on his shoulder, "but he's going to his death..." he wisperd, he was loosing another friend before he'd had chance to greave for the first.
"If Kurama really is dead", The large man said softly "That's probably what the little shrimp is hoping for"
GinHikari found him self liking the place he lived in. It was a large mansion with lot's of room's and wing's all joined together with a dizzying aray of twisting corridors and stercases. It was all surounded by open fields and delicatly manacured walled gardens, there was even a maze just of one of the many wings, and closed off courtyards in the center of it all.
He would have loved to go exploring by himself but Kurayami never left his side for a moment. He remembered one incident when he had tried to sneack off down a dimly lit passigway only to have Kurayami ruffly call him back and reprimand him softly.
Kurayami had also introdused him to other people that lived in the mansion, GinHikari didn't recognise any of there many differant faces, nether did he expect too, not after almost a month of still remembering nothing of his past.
There where between twenty and thirty demon's of diferant speaces living in the mantion with him and Kurayami, and all seemed old somehow even though they didn't look it and they talked in wisperd tone when ever he was about, sometimes leaving the room when he and Kurayami entered.
"Was I not liked much?" He asked Kurayami as they walked from one of the dinning rooms. He fliped some red hair over his shoulder feeling a bit angry at the looks he had reseved from two demons he couldn't remeber the name of.
Kurayami smiled at him in the way that said he wasn't going to say much about the subject. "Don't be silly my Gin" he said in his teasingly beautiful voice, "There all just je... there still jelause at the fact I court your eye first", he smiled proudly before Gin could ask another question, "I do love you so..."
GinHilari found himself suddenly being held in a tight embrase as Kurayami tried to enter his mouth with his tong, he watched as his hair turned silver and his lips clamp shut. He found he didn't want Kurayami to take him as he always did when the convasation somehow became uncumftabul for the older demon. he maniged to push Kurayami away a little.
Golden eye's looked at him with a frown.
"No" he said furmly.
The same eyes that shone with such love and understanding sparkeld with anger for a moment, "what?"
"I said no" GinHikari found himself saying.
Kurayami smiled, "I think I can change your mind" he breathed and began lightly biting his bare shoulder.
Again Gin tried to push the elder demon back, but the grip about him had become steal, he stugled as fear began to grow in the pit of his stumack, even though he had known nothing to fear in Kurayami before. "Please... stop!" he tried again but Kurayami want listening as the bit's grue a little too hard and hurt, he cried out a little "Kurayami... please..."
"shhh" Kurayami growled fearsley "Stop winning" then he bit deep into the alabaster flesh of Gin's shoulder drawing blood.
GinHikari suddenly felt faint as his sight began to fog over... then he knew nothing.
Kurayami was fed up with the orquad questions GinHikari keped coming out with. He wanted the youth just to expect things the way they were, he had drunken blood and absorbed Ki with no quibales, hungraly eating both from anything that was prasented to him... but there was still a lingering innocence about him that was growing on Kurayami's nerves.
Also the other brothers where asking him when the new member to there rank's would become one with them and grant them all what they needed to survive. But Kurayami knew Gin wasn't ready for it... He beged for more time, something still held GinHikari to his past and no matter what he did he couldn't sever it, and it was taking up preshas time non of them had.
He was fustrated at the youth's protest's as he tried to kiss him, he didn't like the way Gin was trying to resist him, something he hadn't done before. He bit in to soft pail flesh of the Youko as his arms tightend around the slim waist.
Suddenly he found him self pined to a wall, at first he was stuned then angry at the intrushen.
"Who the hell do yo..." He opened his eye's to see GinHikari looking at him, The Youths hands pined his own to the wall with an iron grip he couldn't shake, "Gin?.. What the hell are you doing?!" he asked fureusly, GinHikari had never shown any sighn of being violent before.
GinHikari smiled, and Kurayami found him self not looking into the face of the thing he had been manipulating over the past weeks. But into eye's as golden as his own, only the ones that looked back at him told of more years than Kurayami had ever know... or any of the brother hood for that matter.
The eye's narrowed slightly, a vailed threat also echoed in there depths. "I don't know who you are" the voice was also deeper than he knew it to be. "Or what you are doing... but I sugest you give up on what ever sceaming your doing"
Kurayami tried to act nochalant as his mind worked fureusly, "And who are you to stop me?" he asked with a smile.
The Youko growled deeply then smiled again "You know who I am" he said with a grin as he looked down at his bleeding shoulder "it would seem I have found one way out"
"You wont find it again" Kurayami smiled "I can asure you that"
The Youko shruged "at least now I know you wont harm me then" another feral smile "I wont be so liniant next time"
"There will BE a next time?" Kurayami asked.
A soft and amused chuckle, "I fear under difrent surcumstanses we could have been friends... I like you sence of hummer" then the eye's turned cold again "But I wont morn your death..." he cocked his head as if to one side as if hearing for something, then he grinned "Thank you for giving me this oportunaty"
Kurayami frowned, as he felt a sudden burst of strong Ki leave the Youko who held him prisoner, "for what?" he asked "that was a febal atemped if you where trying to brake free of my hold"
The Youko chuckaled, "We both know I have no strength for that". He said in real amusment, "no my dear...", pail lids closed over eye's the colour of the sun, as the voice began to loos it's strength, "I have just summand Death to your door...". Then he calapsed completly in a faint, Silver hair bled into red.
Kurayami gasped as he sterd at GinHikari laying prone on the floor, now he knew what tied Gin to his past... There was no way he could get rid of something that old if it still dweled in the heart of his last hope, but he could avoid it...
What worrid him now was the Youko's last passing sentanse, he would have to get the others together as soon as he could. they would disaprove, but he knew the seramony had to be paformed within the next day or so, or all was lost.
Hiei sat hunched againced the wind as he looked out over a dens forist, he had been sat there for a long time, he vagly knew days had passed, the sky had darkend at least four times he thought but it could have been more...
He couldn't find Kurama's body, and by now he knew he probably never would, nether did he want to find his Youko marred by decay or mutalation... better he waight until there was nothing but bones.
So he sat.
Koenma had sent people out to look for him, but he wouldn't be found, he had felt Yuusuke and Kuwabara about in the Makai but he didn't aproche them, he had nothing to say.
Even his mind was blank now and his chest no longer hurt or felt hollow.
He hurd him self sigh deeply, the first sound he had made in weeks.
Green eye's murged into gold, red hair into silver.
He flinched away from the image his mind throw at him, he didn't want to know why he was sat here like this, he had forgoten, he didn't want to know anything anymore.
A soft, light laugh enterd his ears and then turned deeper in pitch.
He clamped his hands over his ears as he closed his eye's tight. "Leave me alone!" he thretand "I don't what to know... your gone!..." his eye's began to sting as a sob crawled it's way out of his throwt "leave me alone!"
Familear hands cupped his face as warm lips brushed his own.
He chocked on another sob as he opened his eye's to find himself stering into amused golden eye's, thought he could still see the forist through them.
"Don't" he said softly "don't do this to me"
Kurama in Youko form smiled at him jentaly "Hiei" he said though his voice seemed distant "I need your help"
"What help can I give a spirit?" he asked feeling his anger rise "You left me!"
The eye's looked sorrow full "I'm sorry Hiei... But I don't have long to explain..." he said in ernist "I'm not dead" he said fermly "Hiei, I don't know how but I'm alive... Someone is using me.. Please Hiei... I don't think my ningen side will hold out much longer"
"Be gone spirit" Hiei snaped "I felt you die!"
"Hiei... please" the Youko beged "something's eating away at my soul and I can brake free!"
Hiei felt the soft hands on him again "You have to find me!"
"I can!" Hiei clenched his teeth "I've looked!"
The Youko was silent for a moment "I have to go..." he sounded desprat "I can feel plant life near by... I'll put as much of my Ki as I can into it... use your Jagan... Hiei..." the voice began to faid, Hiei spun round to see Kurama more translusent than he first apeard, he tried to grab at the image but it was nothing.
"Don't go!" he cried despratly, "Please Kurama!... not again!"
"Ai shitaru..." then there was nothing but empty air and the veaw over the forist.
Hiei stood as his Jagan flew open, his sole goule to find any trase of Kurama's Ki, anything that would pruve he hadn't just seen some vengfull ghost.
He streched his Jagan to the limit's finding nothing but old trasses of his partner.
Then suddenly he was almost blinded by a massive bolt of Kurama's Ki signiture, it was very distant, and faint but there non the less.
Without thinking he was gone in a blink of an eye, Kurama was still alive somehow and calling him despratly.
He could do nothing else but answer his lovers call.
---to be continued---
On to Part 8
I have to really dedicat all this to my best friend Tia (aka: Kin Slayer) who without her misguided nagging this story would never be anyway as long or as good or as nearing completion... so blame her or thank her, for this story that's turning into a bit of a saga.
Kurama: can say that again. *sarcasm* thanks Tia... NOT!
Bane: I would but it would take to long ^_^, and don't diss my friend's, you!!! Just pray HER twisted mind dosn't get her ass in gear and right's a fict about you too!!! THEN you will realize what a nice person I am to work for ^_^
Hiei: ya I know what that Tia reads... I like you Bane *grinnes and clinges to Bane like a limpit*
Bane: *smiles and pats Hiei's spicki hair doo* and this sudden chaing in you being nice has nothing to do with the fact she would probably do something really horrid to you and not so much Kurama? *razes one blond eye brow*
Hiei: Hn... I can take anything she can throw at me!
Bane: oww REALLY Hiei?
Hiei: *runs and hides behind Kurama* please don't let her get me...
Bane-Kurama: *laugh evily to each other*
PS: I just have to say why I right these silly script things at the end of my fict's. There manly there, ether, to give some hints to the story... or, just me feeling a bit silly after righting something a bit sereus... also if you read "Kurama & Hiei meet Bane" it's kind of a carry on from that... 2 ficts in one! HOW lucky are you people!?!?!?!?!?.. OK so don't answer that one ^_^