East meets West
part 8 "Take Heed of Poison's Word"
By BANE Huntress
GinHikari woke up to find Kurayami talking to some of the other people he knew, it was a
muttered conversation, all there back's were turned to him.
Carefully he propped himself up on his elbowe's, his head hurt, he must have hit it someplase.
He looked back at the four figures by the door, something about the way they were talking desturbed him.
"Kurayami?" he said softly trying to get his lovers attention, Kurayami always asured him of everything, Kurayami would explain, he would hold him and make everything go away. "Kurayami?" he said again, a bit louder.
The dark hair turned with a bright smile, GinHikari smiled back in releaf as the tale lean body walked towards him with it's usual smoothness of movement, his arm's slightly out spread. "Your awake at last", the arm's wraped about his shoulders pulling him close, "Are you all right?... you fainted".
GinHikari snuggaled up againsed Kurayami's side, leting the soft black hair fall over him, "I don't remember... I hurt my head I think?"
Kurayami stroked his head lightly as he rocked back and forth a little, "Your all right now... you must have just over streched your self today that's all"
GinHikari burrid his face in his lovers chest, trying to hide away from the world that was growing more confewsing by the day.
"You've been out for two day's now" Kurayami said pushing him away a little so he could look down at him, "There someone here... She's interested in seeing you"
GinHikari blinked "Do I know them?" he asked, hopefully not.
Kurayami smiled "I don't think so.. she dose not just visit everyone" he brushed a soft hand across Gin's cheek "But she wanted to see you my Gin"
"Why?" GinHikari wisperd, maybe he had done something too her to, and now she wanted reveng. He was almost sertine now, with the way Kurayami avoided the subject, that he must have been very bad in the life
beforee he woke up in the dark.
"Come let's get you bathed and ready for her" Kurayami smiled then began to rise.
"That wont be nesisery" came a low femanin voice that held power and un-questionable authority "This place smells bad enough as it is without adding more perfume"
GinHikari felt Kurayami flinch as he stood up fully then bowed towards the door. "my Lady" he said stifly.
GinHikari sat on the edge of the bed as a very tall woman walked in. Her standing was almost regal as thick, long golden hair cascaded over her shoulders and down her back to her slim waist, her ear's were slightly pointed and full of silver sleepers that tinkalde when she turned her head. Then her cold grey/blue eye's fixed with GinHikari's, and he froze.
She wasn't exactly stunningly Beautiful, but there was something about her that captivated him. She moved towards him slowly. Her Elven features were plain to see, but there was something more ageless in her light coloured eyes that almost scared him.
"So this is the one who will save you, is it?" She asked Kurayami but keped her eye's on him, one hand rested lightly on a slim hip.
"Yes my lady" Kurayami answered, the others just stood slightly in the room now, they all looked nevas.
"Show me" She said, "Show me I haven't wasted my time in bothering with you all".
Kurayami flinched "My Lady would forgive me... There is only one way I have found to show you what we have".
She looked at him then, her face showed nothing of her imotions, just a blank indiferant wall. "I'm waiting?"
GinHikari stopped listening, there was something familear about the face... the expretion... it was so familiare. Something began to tug at his sense's again, this was important but something seemed wrong, the hair was wrong he was sure of that.
Then Kurayami's hand's cupped his face and he was being kissed deeply. He tried to pull away, imbarist by doing it infrunt of everyone.
Then his lover pulled away to stand as he was beforee. "My Lady has what she wishes to see?"
GinHikari looked up at the Lady stood infrunt of him to see her eye's wide as she steard down at him. "Stand up" she comanded him, taking a step back.
Gin did as she said, he stood a little taller than her now, his hair had turned silver as always.
She put a hand to her mouth almost mockingly,but Gin noted the flash of surprise. "Kurayami.. do you realize what you have done?" her voice was cold.
"It was the only think I COULD do", Kurayami answerd, he sounded like a child who had been cort in the act of doing something naughty.
GinHikari was becoming confewsed by the convasation about him, and burned to know what was going on, but he knew better than to question this woman.
Her eyes sofand as she looked at him, then a slim hand reached out to brush some of his hair from his shoulder. Then she gasped aloud as she reveald the scar at the base of his neck.
"Kurayami... What have you done?" she was obveusly shocked, as her light fingers touched the still slightly sensative flesh.
"The only thing I could do.. all our options are gone..." Kurayami snaped "We aren't like you your highness, we don't have a willing supply of blood or Ki at our beck and call, we are running out of time, all the demons have fled to the east... we grow too strong.. but we aren't strong enough yet!"
Bane turned suddenly and hit Kurayami across the face with the back of her hand with enough force to send him halfway across the room. "Don't even begin to question me!" she hissed "I fought for where I am today, and lost friends along the way... but I did it myself.. not using some scape goat"
GinHikari felt like going to his fallen lover, who was holding a bleeding cheek as he stood unsertinly to his feet, but the Lady blocked his way.
"Forgive me my lady... I speak out of turn... we are all worrid and afraid"
"As well you should be" she said turning back to face Gin, "I knew this one a long time ago" she touched Gin's face again with a soft lingering caress.
So Gin had known her beforee? Maybe they had been close once... but nothing came.
"You are fooled if you think he will not brake free of this shallow hold you have over him... And you are ALL fools if you think that the one who did this will not come serching him out" she put her head to one side a momant her eyes half closed.
"He will not my Lady..." Kurayami wisperd "That one thinks him already dead... he's given up"
The Lady's eye's focast again as she smiled... "You think so?" she said softly, "I pitty you if you think that is the case".
"Do you know otherwise my lady?" Kurayami asked quickly. Even Gin court the fear in his voice.
The lady shruged her thin shoulders "How would I know... I have just
heard a lot about this ones partner... and I don't think he will give up that easy..." She touched his face again "I don't think so at all... I know I wouldn't" she wisperd quiatly.
"My Lady?" Kurayami asked.
"Leave us..." she said sturnly, "Or stand by the door if your hold is as weak as I think it is".
"My Lady" Kurayami complid and usherd the others out the room intirely, then stood in the door way arms folded over his chest.
GinHikari had found him self deeply desturbed, Kurayami had liyed to him, there was someone looking for him, who cared enough to STILL be looking for him?... And what hold did Kurayami have over him?... and what did they want from him?
He felt a tear come to his eye, as his mind raced, he had been liyed to all along, and there was nothing he could do, he could not go back to his past, he didn't know what or where that was, and he didn't want to stay here anymore.
The Lady wiped away his tear as her face showed true consern, "My poor lostling... I would take you away from all this... But I do not have the power to stand up to them all and nether do I have a sufitiant amoute of elves to amoute an attack... But I do have something to tell you... even though you may not understand now... Something inside you will..."
Gin sniffed "Please my Lady, Take me away" he asked.
The Lady smiled "I'm sorry.. they will not alawe that" she steped forwards and embrased him, hugging him close to her as she wiperd something in his ear "My name is Bane.. to you".
Then a smialer feeling came over him as that of beforee when he had fainted, then he was at peace.
Youko Kurama was fureus, His Youko self and his human self where now separated, two separat beings in the everlasting space they now found them selves in.
He huged the redhead to himself, Suiichi had not been consace for what seemed like an entire life time, and all that he was, was slowly but surly eddying away to nothing.
Youko Kurama knew they had to find someway out of this and soon or there would be nothing left but the Youko side of himself. He would no longer be able to return to the Ningenkai, His mother would no longer recongnise her son, and that hurt the most.
"And besides.." He spock into soft red hair, "Hiei did not fall inlove with this side of us.."
Suddenly he felt the fog tine out.. then there was someone else with them. He cliuched Suichi closer to him, cluching on for dear life to the thing he couldnt see.
"Who's there?!" he demanded.
A figure seemed to mold it's self out of the fog, vage colour blead into fetchers and clothing. Then blue/gray eye's opend and looked at him, The figure smiled. "It's been year's" it was a femanin voice "but I thought you would at least remember what I loked like" who ever it was was amused.
"I..." then he knew... the sarcastic lilt to the voice was enough "Bane?... what...?"
"I don't have long" she smiled at him warmly, then lookd at the figur in his arm's "And I see neather do you..."
"How did you get here?" Kurama demanded.
Bane frownd "Kurama" she said impatiantly "I came to tell you this... Your mesage was
heard... and salvation will come" She began to faid. "what was layed in the past between us, Kurama... Is in the past... I'll help all I can" Her face was the only thing left now as the fog thickand once agan, swalowing her slender figur up, "Hold on, Kurama... Hold on..." Then she was gone, a ligering selt of the forist asailed his nostrales for a moment, then he was alone again.
"I Think I like her now.." Came a week voice from Kurama's arm's, He looked down to see crakes of green.
"well you speack for the both of us in that one" Youko smilled broudly. He knew Bane had given them both strength even though for her to vencher into such a plase as the everlasting nothing nes was no small task for her, He just hoped she would find her way out.
Bane Felt the shadows of the void pulling at her, calling her, begging her to join them as much as her own heart longed to go to them in her every waking hour of her bored existanse...
She could see the way out of the all consuming fog as a bright light that lead to feelings, pain, love, angwish, bordume and a life she
The shadows felt her weakan and tried to pull her into the nothingness, to let her be one with nothing ness, where she no longer had to think where she would no longer have to BE...
She sighed deeply as her gray eyes closed, her heart felt heavy in her chest but she pulled her way back to find herself holding the redhead in her arms as he hung limp and lifless.
Carfully she layed him on the bed and placed one light kiss on his forehead.
"See you some time soon Kurama..." then she walked out the room to find Kurayami hovering nervasly by the door, the rest of his cronis had disapeard.
She looked at him with distast. He was a very hansum man who she wouldn't
think of adding to her rankes of beautiful men, but she didn't like his soul, it stank of blood more than her's and an evil inside him that discusted her.
"My Lady?" Kurayami said in his deep soft voice.
"I do not aprove of what you have done Kurayami" She looked down at him, "But I can not tell you what and what NOT to do..."
"Will you be leaving us now then My Lady?" Kurayami asked, there was a hint of gladness in his voice she
didn't like, and would liked to have said she was.. but she would not stay.
"No... I'll be leaving you to do what you will" She turnd to walk away, she could sence Kurayami smiling behind her back. "Oww... and Kurayami"
"Yes My Lady?"
She smiled herseld with her back to him "From this moment on... I wash my hands of you and all your brother hood... I'll not have anything more to do with you" she let the rear smile spread "Good bye Kurayami... see you in the next life.. if there is one" then she walked away.
She knew Kurayami was stood stuned, with her words she had also removed there financial securaty of which she had provided, and now the land the manor stood on was theres but all that lay beyond was also her's.
"My Lady" she heard him mutter as she opend a door and was greeted by her troop of loyal Elves.
Kurayami grimised at The Lady's back as she left, Once the seramony had been paformed they wouldn't need her anymore, they would be strong by them selves.
He heard the other brothers coming up behind him and he could feel there fear.
"don't worry" he told them without turning round, "We wont need... her... anymore.."
"But..." one of the more senear Brothers asked.
"NO... Go get Everyting ready... We do the seramony tonight"
"but the subject isnt ready yet.. you said.."
Kurayami spun round to face them, His eye's nothing but slits.
"don't question me!.. do as I comand... NOW!"
The Brothers as one froze wide eye's then fled down the coridour.
Kurayami sighd then smothed his clothes down and went back into the room where the redhead now sleped, He walked over to the bed and looked down at the sereen face now resting on the pillow.
He smiled as his hand curld in the soft hair tighly, he sudenly wanted to take all his fustration out on the youko, that was costing him so much.
With a sigh he let go and sat on the edge of the bed, "oww how I'd like to hurt your right now" He sneard as he strocked a lock of red hair. "But I know your there Kurama... and I'm not going to let you go without a fight.. not now I have won you"
Hiei was tired, he had been running for day and he just couldn't go ay further. He fell to his hands and kneas, his breath came in pants as every tired muskal aked with wearyness.
He knew he had been to long without proper food or reast, and his body was protesting vilantly, every inch of him screamed at him for one moments restbit, but his mind screamed louder to keep moving, Kurama needed him, Kurama was still alive.
The thougth still sounded unbalevabul in his mind,but he had to try and hope even for a little bit, or he would die trying.
He tried to get to his feet but his jointes had seezed up and burned as he tried to move. "Kurama..." he gasped as he finaly lay on his side, giving his body what it craved, even he knew he had to rest or he would be no good to his love if he couldnt fight and get them both free.
His eye's closed in wearyess as sleep tried to take him.
"Lord Hiei?" came a soft tentative voice from just above his head.
Hiei flinched but only burrid his head in his hands. then he felt someone tuch his hair.
"Lord Hiei?... My mistress wishes to see you?" The voice was soft but deep, almost like his own.
"Go away" Hiei grouled, "I have more important things to do!"
The voice chuckaled "Like kissing durt?" it asked "Come... My Mistress wishes to help you with the quest you are curantly on".
Hiei eventialy loked up to find himself looking into thin vilolet eyes.
"Hmm... I see you are willing to at least hear my Mistress out then?"
Hiei found himself looking at a very tall, lean almost ifeminat looking man. he had a fine bone face and full lipes. then he notised the ears peeking out from thick blond hair.
"Your an elf?" Hiei said with descust before he could stop himelf, he knew Elves to be nothing but carefree buissy-bodys who couldnt keep there noses out of anything but they were also extreamly inteligent and were known to be the Youko of the eastern Makai.
The elf smiled, "Yes... my name is Valimoor... please come..My Mistress is not far away and she will not be wanting to keep you long."
The Elf stood smothly and held out his hand, Hiei reluctantly took it with a groule, "It better not be long"
Hiei finaly folwed the anoying elf, who keaped grinning at him, into a larg cleering filled with lot's of ... he would have said tent's, but they were more like pavilians, but all were a dull black colour.
"Where the hell are we?" he sneard at the grinning Elf.
"We are at my Mistress's Camp, We are campign here untill you have done what you must do" Valimoor jestcherd to one of the larger tent structours. "Come My Mistress is expecting you, and she hates to be keped waighting."
Hiei notised that all the other people that were wandering around, were all male and all elven, also they all had long hair of vareing colours and all were tall and slender. "What kind of camp is this?" he mutterd under his breath.
The Elf he was folowing chuckaled "If your wondering about all my kine here, there all extreamly loyal to Our Mistress..." he winked down at Hiei, "Also we are all part of her Harem, I'm My Mistress's favourit and most loyal"he puffed out his chest in pride.
"So you like being somene elses property then?...ideat Elf?" Hiei snarled.
Valimoor just shook his head, "We are all here through choise, and we can leave when we want... we just chose not to" he sighed deeply, "Though she can be moodi at times... Ah here we are!"
Hiei was just about to throw the tent flap back when Valimoor held him back, he looked up at the lanky half-wit with a groul, "what?"
Valimoor winced,"I just have to warn you that My Mistress has her eldist frend staying..."
"Hn... so" Hiei dismissed.
The Elf sighd pateantly "I'll warn you now... non of us know what kind of demon she is.. but she has a temper and an evil streak a mile wide..." Then he grinned, "Just try not to piss her off all right" Then he pushed Hiei into the dark intereorof the tent.
Hiei stumbaled and found himself stering at two women sat playing card's on huge cutions, One was tall and blond and yet another damn elf, the other sorter with dark hair.
Hiei stood still as Valimoor passed him and lent over and kissed the blond woman deeply. Hiei looked away from the imbrasing couple and looked at the other woman who was stering at him intently.
"So Valimoor you have out done yourself again" The bond woman spock as Valimoor went and stood behind her, "I'll reward you tonight"
"Mistress" Valimoor answerd with a big grinn, then fell silent.
"You are Hiei, yes?" she asked with a kind smile, but Hiei notised she had fanges that atched his own.
"Yes, and what of it?... I have more important things to do right now..." he snaped "so get on with it".
The woman stood up, She ws surprisingly tall for a woman. "I'm sorry... My name is Bane, and I wish to help you with relising your lover from some people who have displesed me... will you hear me out?" she asked.
Hiei crossd his arm's over his chest tightly as his heart flutter, so maybe Kurama was alive. he had to find out, he would even acept this woman and her elves help in geting Kurama back.
"Good" she said as she sat back down, "Please, sit... it makes the plase look untidy with you standing"
"I'll stay where I am thanks" Hiei snaped, he was becoming impationt.
Bane tuted "Please Hiei?... It make's me feal uneasy" she pouted a little.
Hiei gritted his teath, this woman wasnt exactly unatractive, and she was pulling her femanin wilds on him. He grumbaled as he sat on the cution inbetwean the two women. still the other womans eye's
didn't leave him.
"Thankyou... right shell we get down to buisness?" Bane said as she leaned on the smalle table, cupign her chin in her hand's.
Hiei Huffed and nodded "But why do YOU want to help Kurama?"
Bane smiled knowingly "Thats not the imporant thing right now... I cant help you with what you have to do..."
Hiei stood up fureusly "then why the hell am I wasting my time here!?"
Bane sighed, "Sit down and here me out". Hiei sat down again, and Bane carrid on, "as I was saying... I cant help you get to Kurama... Youre going to have to fight your way into him, it wont be easy there are a lot of them, but there weak at the moment"
"I figured as much" Hiei grumbaled, "So what?"
Bane looked at her friend, "You were right Kin, I owe you a forfit"
The dark haird woman grinned evily "As alway's"
Bane sneard at her, as she turnd her attention back to Hiei, "I will tell you how to get in and how to defeet them..."
"Is that all?" Hiei was growing more impationt.
"No... Once you are inside and you have Kurama, I want you to signal me".
Bane's eye's narrowed "Because then I can go in and leval the place" she hissed with hatred, "What they are doing is forbidden and I wont alow it to go on... they must be punished" Hiei was just about to protest, he could flaten the
place by him self with the help of his black dragon, but Bane carid on
before hecould voice his words. "It's something only I can do Hiei... I will pass
judgment them.. and there deaths are already jujed"
Hiei shruged, it would save him the effort of whasting his time and seeing to Kurama... the thought of seeing his lover again made his chest tighten.
Hiei jumped as Bane slamed her hand's on the table "Right come on then lets go... Kin, Get yourself ready.. and
don't take houres like you normaly do all right" Kin scouled at Bane, it was hard to beleve these two were friends at all "Valimoor.. darling, could you get my thing's?"
Valimoor bowed with another smile "anything My Mistress desires" then he ran off.
"Come on Hiei... we'll come with you as far as we can and I'll tell you what I have to on the way... we must hurry".
Hiei snorted as he stood, "then lets get moving"
---to be Continued---
on to Part 9
EEP.. when will this thing ever blooming end!!!!!!!
Kurama: I cant BELIEVE you did a blooming Camio!
Hiei: I thought you didn't like those things in other fict's?
Bane:... I don't ^_^.. but I'm playing an esential chara in the plot ^_^ amm?
Bane: all right I like my internet chara all right!!!!! anyway I do this camio thing with more style than most..
Hiei: *Looks dubeus*
Bane: Look... I don't just put in stupid little run on parts that has people groaning!! I wouldn't be in it if I was gona do that!
Kurama./Hiei: what ever!
Bane: *looks forlorn* (to the readers) I hope you lot don't mind to much.. I couldn't help my self ... gommen?
Hiei: (to Kurama) Thin? Elven looking?..... REGAL?!.. and it has to be said again THIN!?!?!
Kurama: (to Hiei) look.. it's her fantisy *shrug*
Bane: Ya! so shut up!!! ^_^
Valimoor: ya you two leave Mistress alone!
Bane: thanks Valimoor my little elfi baby ^_^
*Bane then proseeds to run about on her own little world of Bane skiping and frolaking with her loyal elf Valimoor*