The Red Shadow Hunt(A Pokemon Paul Love Story Part 10)

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Long months have passed since the bounty hunters had been sent up into the mountains to hunt down the Red Shadow. Many more moths since the six friends had been brought back together, and stayed as such.

Many months since the snow came, but it just melted. Spring was there and light had come.

Walking down an overgrown forest path each couldn’t help but allow memories of their youth flood over them. Their reckless running around. How their father cared for them without any reason.

There heads were down as they came to a small cabin hidden behind many trees. If you didn’t know it was there you’d never of found it.

A smile graced all of their lips as they walked to the rear of the building. The mound of dirt, covered in the grass the grew over it. The only one who had been there sooner than the others was Jowey.

The six knelt in the soggy grass in front of the grave, spring moss had covered the entire marker.

Jowey layed down the flowers she had picked on their way there.

Not one said a single word, no one had to. What they wanted to say was in the silence of the wind. They knew he knew they were alright. They knew he knew Jowey and Paul were now together. They also knew that he knew all the murders and sins that each had committed.

It wasn’t untill just the sun was beginning to set that they felt it right to stand and leave. Paul and Reggie stayed behind an extra moment, before joining the others.

It was dark by the time they made it back to the tavern. No one questioned where they were. Over the long winter they had come to understand that they were as close anyone could get.

It wasn’t until they were each locked away in their rooms were words between some of them spoken.

“How you feelin’?” Jowey asked Paul as she brushed out her hair.

He shrugged, “How about yourself?”

” ‘Bout the same.” She said with another shrug.

Paul sighed and got up from the bed they shared, he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her back onto the bed in his lap.

“I know you miss him.” He whispered.

“I know you miss him more.” She whispered back.

“We can’t live in the past Joe.” He told her laying his head on her shoulder.

“I know.” she said, “But it’s kinda hard not too when there are still idiots coming here and demanding to fight the Red Shadow.”

“You still win every last match.” He said and started to rub her arm.

“Sometimes I don’t wanna.” She said staring up blankly at the ceiling.

“But I love you.” Paul said and kissed her neck.

“I love you too.” Jowey whispered before pulling his arms off of her waist and turning around to face him so she was straddling his lap.

She leaned in and kissed him passionately, Paul returned it instantly. But it didn’t go further than that.

Jowey broke away when they needed a breath and got off his lap. She crawled over to the other side of the bed and curled up under the covers with her back to him.

Paul understood. and he didn’t press. He slid in with her.

–The Next Morning–

Jowey sat at the edge of the bar staring into her ale. Even Paul kept his distance from her this morning. The fire behind her eyes showed she was ready for a fight. The many knives she had on her confirmed that for anyone who saw her.

“Paul, Reggie.” She said, silence shot through the entire building, “Up stairs now. Girls you too.”

The boys were about to question but the girls pushed them away before they could saying she does everything for a reason.

They were all on the first floor listening to whatever might happen.

The doors flew open and an uniformed soldier came through and looked around.

Everyone glaring at him.

He walked proudly up to Martain behind the bar.

“How may I help you?” He asked politely.

“His Royal majesty, King Cyrus the first is here in search of the former bounty hunter, Paul Shinji.” He recited, “We have reason to believe that when he and the other Bounty hunters came up here last winter in search of the Red Shadow he met a woman here and married her. We need him back at the castle immediately.”

“What would the king possibly want with him?” Jowey hissed.

The knight turned his full attention to the dark haired girl at the end of the bar.

“I believe miss.” He he gritted, not liking a woman speak to him on equal terms, “You should hold your tongue when speaking with a man.”

“My apologies sir.” She said and looked away humbly, “But I was just wondering. I know the man, and he doesn’t seem like the kind to get in trouble, especially with king Cyrus himself. Forgive my ignorance.”

“Forgiven.” He said and slid into the seat next to her, “You wouldn’t happen to know where he would be would you?” He asked leaning in really close to her.

Martain placed a mug of ale in front of the soldier as he spoke.

“No.” She said quietly.

“You’re lying.” He whispered. He raised his hand to strike her, but she caught it instantly. In it was a blade. She pulled out one of her own, but he caught that as well.

Her eyes narrowed at the man as he smirked at her. She lunged forward and at full force hit her forehead against his. That gave her the upper ground as he not only let go, but dropped his weapon and fell to the floor at her feet.

In another instant Jowey was a fraction of a second away from breaking his neck.

“How did you know?” He hissed to him.

He coughed before choking out, “Other bandits tipped us off about you.”

Jowey gritted her teeth almost hard enough to draw blood from her gums.

A loud, bone crushing crack echoed through out the building. His limp lifeless body fell to the floor as Jowey stood up breathing hard.

Her eyes darted around the building for something out of place. Everyone was doing the exact same thing as she was, who would have sold her out. She’d have tortured them.

She caught a side glance out the window.

“Down!” She called. Everyone hit the floor in a second. out side there were a lot of guards. All of them working for Cyrus. Jowey slithered over to the stairs, and climbed up quickly avoiding any fire.

She hushed the girls, Paul and Reggie and she passed them. She went into the room right above the entrance. It was used for storage.

She peered out the window carefully.

“Joe, what’s going on?” Paul whispered coming up next to her, Reggie in toe.

“Someone sold me out.” She whispered looking around, “One came in, tipped me off about it. Sixty, seventy.”

She gritted her teeth again, before her miss matched eyes spotted something, and her face cracked into and evil smile.

“Stay here.” She told them and stalked off.

“Jowey!” Paul called after her.

“Let me do this!” She yelled back.

Paul shut up and was forced down by Reggie.

She made quick work of all the stairs and went up to the top floor. There were eight in total.

She went out to the same spot, eight stories up, no one could see her. All of them had an open spot. The smirk she wore grew, twisting her face to an evil grin.

She flew back down the stairs, and down the hall way to her room. She grabbed every knife she could and slid it on pieces of twine. Once satisfied she bolted back up, but not before telling the girls to tell the guys in the lobby to barricade the door and windows.

They, of course, obeyed, the girls had no time to question before she was gone again.

Jowey was thanking all that speed and stamina training she made herself go through. It sure came in handy.

She was back up on the eight floor, and opened the window. Everyone was completely oblivious to the fact she was there.

If her smirk could have gotten any bigger it would have.

She picked up a twine with forty knives, it clinked as she pulled it up. She tossed it recklessly out the window. knives, and blades of all shapes and sizes rained down over the unexpecting soldiers. She continued to do that over and over again. By the time any of them looked up, or called a warning to the others. It was too late.

Blades coming down like the spring rain. Men attempting to run, but failing in the process. Instant deaths, some took three or four blades before they were done.

Jowey chuckled darkly watching this unfold. Their walk way was soon stained with the soldiers’ blood in under two minutes.

Most were dead, the rest were barely alive, but they’d be done in before noon. And if not, she’d finish them herself.

She glanced around, and couldn’t find any others, but she wasn’t to be fooled so easily.

She checked windows on every other side to make sure. There wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.

She shot down stairs. The girls, Paul and Reggie were still as she left them. Down in the lobby everyone was still.

She peered just outside the shutters that they put up. She gritted her teeth wondering if there would be anything else going on.

A few minutes passed. Then five. Then ten. Something was off in Jowey’s mind.

They came up here for Paul, but there was a lot more than just for apprehension.

Jowey bolted up and down the stairs checking rooms and windows incase she missed something. But no, the place was still.

“Marsh, Bull, back me.” She said walking through the lobby again.

“You want us to back you?” Marsh asked, he was a red head and think set, he grew up on rice patties so he got his nick name from that.

“What if one of us were the ones that sold you out?” Bull asked. He got that name because he looked exactly like one if they could walk on two legs.

She walked up to Bull slowly, staring both him and Marsh down.

“If either of you were the ones who sold me out, you wouldn’t be hesitant to go out there, and if you were I’d have you proceed me, not back me.” She snarled, “You go out before me and I use you as a shield when they start firing.”

Both swallowed watching the eyes of the girl before them.

“Now are you going to back me or not?” she asked.

They sighed in defeat.

Bull picked up his giant club, and Marsh grabbed his gun.

Jowey pulled out a blade and slowly opened the door.

Hesitantly she walked forward, Marsh and Bull following carefully. Jowey kept glancing around, making sure there was nothing. She glanced down at the fallen soldiers at her feet. Only two alive now.

She sheathed her blades knowing there wasn’t any danger. She knelt next to one of the ones that was alive.

His breath was raggid, but it was steady.

“I could save you, or leave you to die.” Jowey bargened, “But you need to tell me what I want to know.”

He stared up at her, his black eyes quickly loosing luster. He slowly nodded.

Jowey motioned to him. Bull hauled him up.

“Be careful.” Jowey warned.

She went over to other one that was alive.

“You can tell me what I want to know, or die.” She told him.

“I’d wrather die.” He smiled at her, blood in his mouth.

She kept her emotionless face as she raised a hand with a bone knife and plunged it right between his eyes.

She stood up and turned to Marsh.

“Get some of the others.” She told him, “Strip them of valuables. Get the blades out too, I’ll deal with them then.”

“What are you going to do?” He asked.

She looked back at him, “Scout out the area. See if there’s anyone left, gather any information I can. Stuff like that.”

He nodded.

And she left to see what she could find.

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The Red Shadow Hunt(A Pokemon Paul Love Story Part 9)

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Everyone stared at the pair that glided across the floor. And gawked even more as the three men who ran the Tavern jumped and all five of them embraced each other. Things were definitely strange.

“It’s been a long time, Reggie.” Martain said as things settled down.

“It has.” The older man nodded.

“Can I offer either of you a drink? Finest in the land.” He assured.

“That would be very nice, thank you.” He said.

They sat down and chatted about this and that for a little while, before someone came up in conversation.

“Jowey’s gonna be ecstatic to see you.” Zuren laughed.

“Where is the young lady anyways?” He asked looking around, “Paul told about how fine a young woman she turned into.”

“She’s up in her room.” Martain said, “She was out training so we told her to have a bath and put on some dry cloths.”

“Still living on the edge, I see.”

Martain shrugged, “She’s better than what she was. But she’s gotten even better since Paul showed up.”

“I wonder why?” He smirked in sarcasm.

“I’m sure she’s done now.” He told Reggie, “Misty, can you lead Paul, and Reggie up t Jowey’s room?”

The red-head with her hair in a side ponytail nodded and lead the way up the stairs for the boys.

“It’s so good to meet you.” She said looking back, “Jowey has told all of us so much about you. I’m almost honoured to be in your presence.”

“I wouldn’t go that far Misty.” Reggie assured her, “I’m not much different from you.”

“You can read and write.” She said quietly.

“I’m more than happy to teach you if you’d like.”

“Really?” she gleamed turning around and stopping dead in her tracks.

He nodded and smiled. Misty quickly pulled the older man into a tight hug. She then just as quickly let go and proceeded to continually thank him before turning around with the worlds largest smile on her face.

One more flight of stairs and almost at the end of the hallway they came to a door that had no number on it.

Misty raised a fist to the door and knocked softly.

“Jowey,” She cooed, “There’s a couple of men here to see you.”

They waited a moment, two, three. Misty was about to knock again when the door flew open too fast for anyone to react.

Reggie was sent straight to the floor, something blurred black and white knocking him down.

A curved dagger raised in the air about to be brought down, when it stopped.

The long, raven haired girl straddling him sighed and stood up. She put her right hand on her hip and held the dagger in left at her side. She glanced between Reggie and Paul, before sighing again.

“I’m happy to see you guys too, but you need to understand just how many people are after me. Whether Paul supposedly brought my head in or not, not everyone is going to believe it.” She told them.

“You sure have changed.” Reggie said standing up.

“I could say the same for you.” She told him, “Come on inside, I’m getting a draft.”

It was only then that the two boys realized she was wearing her black pants, sloppily tucked into black boots, her hair was down and damp, and her shirt only consisted of wrappings she wore under her shirt that only covered her bust.

Jowey smiled at Misty to dismiss her, and she left. Jowey lead the way into her room and closed the door behind them.

It was the same size as all the other rooms, same wood, same window placing. But it was different. The head board of the bed was pressed up against the wall furthest from the door, it was open on either side. She had two wardrobes, both where open. One contained her cloths the other containing weapons. There was a small vanity in between the two wardrobes, on it was a few roles of wrappings, a small mirror, a few pieces of string, and dagger she had just placed on the table. She had a divider as well, that was right in front of the window, on it was her cloak, two belts, and what looked like a whip. The floor was littered with a few weapons, hilts stained with blood, but blades shined like the moon.

“Sorry about the mess.” Jowey said grabbing a random shirt from her wardrobe, “If I knew you guys were coming back so soon, I’d of cleaned up a little.”

“You’re room’s the same as the other girls in the tavern’s isn’t it?” Paul asked looking around again.

“Yeah.” She said as she disappeared behind the divider as to save the two brothers embarrassment, “There’s supposed to be three on every floor.” She continued, “One right at the stair case, one at the middle of the hall, and one at the end. That way the guys don’t have to g too far from their room’s for one. I requested this as it’s an ideal position.”

“How would you figure, guards come in your trapped.” Reggie told her.

“Or am I?” She asked and pushed the divider aside so they could see out the window. She had her shirt on and towel on her head.

She motioned to the window and they walked forward.

“It’s the third floor.” She told them leaning against the wall and drying her hair, “I can jump down no problem, if I can’t the tree’s there and provides a lot more coverage then you’d think, especially at night. These wall’s are thin, Reggie. I heard Misty shout downstairs and that’s what set me off, so I was ready for anything that came my way. Unfortunately I wasn’t expecting to see you guys so soon, but it was a pleasant surprise, I must admit.”

“I’m glad.” He smiled at the girl, “You know, Jowey, Paul told me something interesting on the way up here.”

“Yeah, we banged each other’s brains out.” She stated boardly and then threw the towel she was using to the other side of the room, “someday we’re gonna be in-laws.” She walked over to the vanity and picked up a hair brush hidden behind the mirror.

“He told me that, too, but it wasn’t what I was going to say.”

“Shoot.” Jowey told him, “Not literally.”

“I know.” He chuckled, “You’re the Red Shadow.”

“Point?” She asked.

“No point.” He said, “It was good to see you again.”

Jowey put down her brush and hugged him, ” I missed you, Reg.”

“I missed you to.” He placed a hand on top of her head and pulled away.

“I wanna have a long conversation with you later.” She told him.

“I’d enjoy that.” He smiled, “But for right now, I’m leaving you and your lover boy alone.”

She grinned up at him as Paul just scowled.

Reggie saw himself out and shut the door behind him.

“So?” Jowey asked.

“So?” Paul mimicked

“How’d you convince the king t not let marry your princess?” She asked.

“I didn’t have to.” He said and sat down on her bed, “When I went in she was crying, the king was yelling at her, she was pregnant. I told him I didn’t want to be a part of her anymore, and I was pardoned because I brought him the Red Shadow’s head.”

Jowey smiled and sat down next to him, leaning onto his shoulder.

“Who’s was it?” The I-told-you-so smirk was starting to pull at her lips as she tried to fight it.

“We don’t know.” He said and rested his head onto of her’s, “You were right.”

Jowey only smiled, successfully fighting off the smirk.

They stayed like that a few moments in silence before Paul broke it.

“I know you wanna say it, so just say it.” He told her.

“Say what?” She asked playing innocent.

“You were right, I was wrong. You knew her actions better than I did. I was blinded by lust, and could only see clearly when I had you to love. Just tell me ‘I told you so’ already!” He almost snapped.

“Why would I wanna do that?” She asked looking into his eyes, “You know what you did wrong and I know you wont do it again risk of loosing your manhood. . . . . or life, which ever I feel like taking at the time.”

Paul only flinched sightly. He knew better than to cross this woman. So he merely smiled, wrapped an arm around her waist, pulled her into his chest, and leaned them back on to her bed.

Jowey was listening to Paul’s heartbeat as drowsiness started to take over her. The fact that he was lovingly stroking her hair wasn’t helping that fact either.

Paul was comforted by her steady breathing and stillness in his arms. He too was slowly being lulled to sleep.

The Red Shadow Hunt(A Pokemon Paul Love Story Part 8)

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“It’s snowing.” Zuren said to no one in particular as he stared out the window.

“Jowey upstairs or out?” Alec asked as he downed a mug of ale in his hand.

“I’d say out, I haven’t seen her all morning.” Martain said as he washed some dishes in the sink.

“Wonder how long Paul’s gonna take?” Alec muttered.

“Hard to say.” Martain said drying his hands, “If it keeps up like this is could be another day. I know Jowey’s anxious about him coming back.”

“I would be too if I were in her boots.” Zuren pointed out.

Each sighed and nodded in agreement.

When the pair got back to the tavern, it was not only full, but everyone congratulated Paul on taming the Red Shadow. When they tried to deny it, everyone said how they could hear Jowey moaning all the way there. Needless to say that they excused themselves as red in the face as humanly possible.

At the base of the mountain however, Reggie and Paul were quickly ascending wanting to beat the storm that was rolling in.

“I don’t know how slippery the short cut’ll be in the snow.” Paul told his older brother as he finished explaining how he’d gotten down the mountain so fast.

Reggie nodded at his younger brother as they picked up the pace a lot more than they had.

“So tell me how much your Jowey has grown up.” He said curious to his brother’s unusual good mood.

“The true picture of beauty.” He said.

“Way to elaborate.” He scoffed, “I know you layed with her, just admit it.”

“I can’t admit it.” Paul said as a smirk tugged at his lips, “We weren’t in a bed when we did it.”

Reggie whistled, “Got her in the bath house.”

“Nope.” He said, “Against a tree.”

He chuckled deeply, “She really must be something then.”

“You have absolutely no idea.” He said.

Jowey on the other hand was running at top speed up the river towards the waterfall. She jumped up on the rocks leading to the top, pouncing up like a cat. She touched the top and continued on in a straight line.

When her breath became shallow, she stopped and turned around pulling out her blades and began to fight against an opponent that wasn’t there.

Sloppy. She thought as her left kick came out weaker than she wanted.

She sheathed her blades and took a deep breath as she looked up at the sky and the snow falling from it.

“Just like the first winter up here without you.” She whispered to the wind as it carried her voice to an unknown location.

All of them sat around a large hump of snow as more came down slowly covering them. Each of them said not a word, but they sat in silence staring at it. “We should gt back to the tavern.” Martain said and got up brushing all the snow off f him. “You’re right.” Zuren said following suit. “Are you coming, Jowey?” Alec asked as they started to walked away noticing the girl still sitting in front of their father’s grave. “You go on ahead.” She told them, “I wanted to do some training.” “Don’t stay out too late.” Martain called back to her as they walked. But his voice was mostly lost before it even reached her ears. Slowly she stood up and headed over to he river. She stripped down to her underwear and dove in. She began to swim. Strengthen your body and your mind. Her Baba’s words echoed in her head as she continued to swim until she became fully numb. “I will.” She whispered as she quickly dressed, “Just for him.”

She slowly walked back to the waterfall she had jumped up. Jumping back down and stripping down to her underwear again she placed her clothes on a rock where they’d be safe and sat under the ice cold rushing water as she was instantly drenched.

Cold. She thought. Just like before. . . .

She was left under a weeping willow tree when she was a few months old. The mountain sage and the boys found her in the snow. Somehow, she remembered something.

Red, everything was red. Everything was cold. She remembered pain in her neck, and crying out in pain. Something warm dripped onto her. She opened her eyes and saw a beautiful woman carrying her and rushing. loud noises, Bangs, pows. People screaming was the only thing that filled her ear drums. It was warm again, glancing over she saw fire. More yelling, something she couldn’t make out. Everything went black again. When she opened her eyes again, she was being held by Reggie as Paul handed him a bottle.

Jowey’s eyes shot open realizing she had fallen into her daydreams again. Often she had them. Remembering little bits and pieces that never quite fit together in her mind.

She quickly got out from under the water fall and dressed.

“What could it mean?” She muttered as she walked back to the tavern.

She sighed and pushed the doors open stepping into the warmth.

“There you are!” Candice cheered, “Did you want something warm to eat?”

Before she could even answer, Candice had scurried off to the kitchen to get her something.

“Sure I guess.” Jowey muttered to herself and jammed her hands into her pockets as she walked towards the bar.

“How come your hair’s wet?” Martain asked without looking up at her.

“Training.” She replied and rubbed her face.

“Seems like more than that.” Misty said as she sat down next to her.

“Yeah, what’s wrong, Jowey?” Candice asked as she placed some hot stew and fresh bread in front of her.

She stared at it a moment debating weather or not she should tell them or not.

“Another day dream.” She finally admitted and went to rubbing the back of her head, “It’s nothing to worry about.”

“The one about you being left there?” Zuren asked.

She nodded and began to wolf down her bowl.

“Maybe Reggie could shed some light on what might have happened.” Martain suggested.

“They here yet?” She asked as she pulled back from the bowl to breath.

“Not yet, but soon hopefully.” He answered.

She nodded and finished, setting the bowl down and wiping her mouth on her sleeve.

“Go dry off.” Martain told her.

“Don’t tell me to do something I was going to do anyways.” She playfully snapped as she went up the stairs.

Jowey had just closed the door to her room when the tavern doors were pushed open and in entered two purple haired young men.

The Red Shadow Hunt(A Pokemon Paul Love Story Part 7)

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“I’ll be back up as soon as I deliver this to the king.” I told them as we stood outside the tavern. Winter was rapidly approaching. All of us could see our breaths solidifying as we breathed.

“Promise?” Jowey asked with begging eyes.

“Of course.” I whispered to her stroking her unhurt cheek lovingly, “And when I get back we can marry.”

She smiled, and nodded.

I knew she wouldn’t want to get married just yet. Enjoy her freedom of being an independent woman a little longer. But I also knew better than anyone she wouldn’t stray. It was one of those mysteries about her no man could figure out.

“Good luck.”Martain said and we shook hands.

“Be sure to bring Reggie up with you.” Zuren said as he took mine.

“The whole family back together again.” Alec said, “Baba’d be happy ’bout it.”

I smiled, “Shouldn’t take more than a week. If I’m any longer it’s either because I’ve been imprisoned for refusing to marry the princess or I’ve been killed for the same reason.”

“But you wont go and lay in her bed again, will you?” Jowey asked and bit her lip in anticipation for the answer.

I stroked her cheek again longingly.

“Never.” I moved my hand to tangle in her hair, pushing her head forward and pressing her lips to mine. It was going to be a long week or so.

“You don’t come back after seven days I’m going down this mountain to hunt you.” Jowey threatened when we pulled away.

“I know.” I said and let my hand drop.

I turned around and picked up the sack with the head in it.

“I’ll be back.” I told them.

“We’ll be here.” Alec told me.

I smiled and was off down the mountain to the castle. Along my walk I thought to myself, how I was going to decline wedding the princess, and how I would explain myself o the king.

At the tavern–>>

We were all settling in for the night. Well almost all. Jowey was leaning against the wall staring out the window.

“He isn’t going to return any faster if you keep staring out there.” Zuren told her.

“That’s not what I’m watching.” She said softly.

“What then?” I asked walking over to the window she was staring out of from the corner of her eye, “I don’t see anything.”

“Not on land, but in the sky.” She stated.

I glanced up and noticed dark ominus clouds.

“I’m worried Martain.” She said looking down, “What if a blizzard starts and he’s caught in it. You know how bad these months are. And he’s traveling in them.”

“If a blizzard does start, which’d be unusual for this early in winter, Paul’d find shelter. He survived this long in the mountains with us and bounty hunting. You know he’s not going to be kept down that easy.”

“I know.” She whispered so lowly I almost had to strain to hear her, “I just want him back.”

With Paul–>>

I was making a lot better time then I thought thanks to the short cut one of the bandits gave me just before leaving.

I know understood how Jowey could get up and down these mountains so fast and unnoticed.

I figured that if I kept up this pace I’d reach the Castle by about dawn. But I couldn’t help but keep looking up at the clouds that threatened to let snow fly.

I picked up my pace and readjusted the sack over my shoulder. I wasn’t about to get stuck in a storm. Not after what I promised.

But then again, in order to keep my promise to Jowey I’d have to go back on my word to the princess. The king and his many men had every reason to strike fear into my very heart, but they never did. It was the thought of leaving that little black haired, miss matched eyed, scared girl alone to cry again.

I could live without, Dawn. I finally concluded. But I wouldn’t want to live if I lost her a second time. I knew that the second we kissed. She’s my everything and I’m not about to lose it again.

–The next day—>>>>

I had finally arrived at the castle. The guards let me through no problem. I went straight into the throne room, not even knocking or letting anyone announce me.

I pushed open the doors and saw the king there basically yelling at his daughter.

“How could you disgrace yourself, and more importantly me, like this!” He boomed.

Princess Dawn was bawling like a little baby.

“You are too be married and you go and give in to lust with some man and become pregnant!” He hissed, “Who is this man!”

He was too busy yelling to notice me.

“I-I don’t know.” She sobbed, “S-s-so manny-y-y.”

“What?” He roared.

“I’ve been with so many!” She shrieked back, “I don’t know if it’s to be one of the knights, a merchant’s, hunter Garry’s, hunter Drew’s, hunter Paul’s! I don’t know!”

“You!” He growled.

“Sir.” I said breaking in.

His eyes snapped their glare towards me.

“You layed with my daughter in her bed at night?” He demanded.

I nodded, “As the princess wished, I did.” I told him, “I was told I was her only, and I would have done anything to keep the secret and marry her before she became with a child of mine. But I wish no part of her anymore.”

“You promised!” She yelled.

“And you swore I was your one and only!” I snapped back, “We’re even know.” I directed my gaze to the king, “His head your majesty.”

I threw it to the floor in front of him.

He smiled graciously, “I thank you. This immediately pardons you for your crime, Paul.” He said and cleared his throat, “You’re dismissed, Dawn. I will speak with you in private later.”

“But-

“Now.” He hissed.

She quickly dried her eyes and rushed out of the throne room.

“What happened to the others?” He barked.

“All dead, sir.” I told him.

“The Shadow?” He asked.

“Some sir. Not all.”

“What happened to the rest?”

“Barry, Ash, Harley, Garry, Drew, and James were all done in by the Shadow. The rest were taken down by either other bandits or the wild in the mountains.” I told him, all was true so I hadn’t been lying there.

“How did you do him in?” He asked pride rising in his voice.

I cleared my throat, “Sir, I didn’t expect you to be interested in the details of the this hunt.”

“Why wouldn’t I be?” He asked, “You have just taken down the most wanted man in all the land. I want to know how you did so.”

I sighed, knowing I wasn’t going to be going anywhere without telling him.

“It was a hard battle.” I started trying to make it sound real, “I managed to get him while his back was turned to me, he was finishing off the others. I drew from behind, and stabbed in the back. He was down after that. So I kept him down and took off his head in a clean sweep. I’m sorry sir, but I’m not one for details.”

He smiled down at me, “Non sence, I’m just happy you at least came back alive.”

I nodded, “Thank you sir.”

“As a reward though,” He thought, “What should I give you?”

“All I’d like sir is the retirement from bounty hunting for you.” I said.

He stared at me like he couldn’t believe it.

“I have come across a woman as I was traveling.” I admitted, “I promised if I could I would come back for her. The princess is obviously a mess, and I know you wouldn’t marry her off, nor do I wish to indulge in her anymore now. So with your permission, I’d like to go back to her.”

He smiled, “She must be a lovely one to have you want to give you bounty hunting.”

“You have no idea sir.” I told him, smirking remembering her naked body tangled up in mine.

“Very well.” He said, “The bounty for the Red Shadow may be collected from the knight station on your way out of the castle. I suggest you speak with your brother about this though.”

“I was about to sir, thank you.” I said, bowed and left.

I headed to the library where I knew, Reggie’d be.

“Hey.” I said walking up to him.

“You’re back.” He smiled looking up from his studies.

I nodded, “I came across them, this time.” I said looking away.

“Really? Where are they? How are they? Are they okay? How did you come across them?” He asked all at once.

“Tavern, top of the mountain. They’re okay.”

“How did you come across them up there?” He asked staring at me know.

“I, uh, I went into that tavern. Didn’t recognize any of them at first. But it was just after the Shadow did Ash in. She appeared, told me everything and knocked a little sence into my thick skull.”

He smirked, “Sound’s like Jowey.”

I nodded, “I, was wondering if you wanted to see them again.”

“Of course, why wouldn’t I?” He asked.

“I mean,” I restated,”How would you like things to be like they were? Us up in the mountains, being crazy and having fun.”

“What are you saying?” He asked.

“I said, when I left that Id’ bring you up with me.” I told him.

He shook his head, “To chose between family and the opportunity given. Paul, it’s a hard decision.”

“You don’t have to answer me know.” I told him, “I was going to leave tomorrow.”

“Why not today?” He asked, “It’s still early morning, we could get supplies and be out of here well before noon.”

“You wanna come?” I asked.

“Paul. It’s a hard decision, but not impossible.” He said and stood up, “Besides, I’d like to see the kind of people they turned out to be.”

“You’d be amazed.” I told him, “Especially when you see her.”

He smiled, “Has someone finally admitted to a crush on our young girl?” He teased.

“Nope!” I said as we walked out of the library and down the halls, “I’ve admitted I love her, Reggie.”

The Red Shadow Hunt(A Pokemon Paul Love Story Part 6)

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I rubbed my arms as I walked back to the tavern. I was kicking myself for forgetting my cloak. It was dark and the temperature would soon drop below freezing, so I picked up the pace.

I didn’t even notice a figure leaning against a tree with its arms crossed and eyes closed.

“There you are.” A soft yet harsh voice spoke causing me to jump slightly.

“What do you want?” I hissed and held back my chattering teeth.

“To talk to you.” He said and walked up to me.

I was about to take a step back when warmth engulfed me.

“I’m sorry.” He mumbled in my ear. His strong arms wrapped perfectly around my waist. My hands were on his chest, not sure if I should push him away or hold him close.

“For what?” I spat, looking down, hoping no one would see us.

“Everything.” He said holding me tighter, “I shouldn’t have left you guys. I shouldn’t have always said I’d protect you and fail. I shouldn’t have yelled at you back there. And most of all I shouldn’t have let you think that I loved the princess more than you.”

“Why does it matter?” I asked him, “What’s done is done. You can take on of the severed heads from the pit and hand it to the king. Better yet take mine. your princess will always be much more desirable than I.”

He pulled away and held me at arm’s length. I shivered at the cold as it hit my bare skin.

I gazed up in his dark eyes, slowly, slowly, slowly did he lean into me. I closed my eyes expecting him to throw me back and take my life. But he never did. Warm lips pressed against my frozen ones.

My entire body was instantly warmed in a passonate fire coursing through my body. His hands still held my arms keeping me there, my hands were on his chest pulling him as close as I could get him.

We pulled back in need of breath and we stared into each others eyes.

“Desirable, yes.” He said, my eyes instantly went down, “But I don’t need her.”

I met his again in an instant. Mine were wide, his were serious.

“You need me?” I asked meekly in a whisper.

Paul nodded, “I didn’t realize until you left.” He admitted and pulled me close again realizing my shivers, “I need you, Jowey. I needed you when we were young and I’d lose in spars, I needed you when Baba died, I needed you when we were brought to the castle, and I still need you. I just wouldn’t admit it.”

“I need you too.” I said and wrapped my arms around his middle, “You probably don’t know this, but I’ve had a great need to kill for the past few years. The only time when Id feel anything was when my opponent would cry out in pain, he would fall in his own blood, or I could deliver a finishing blow. But when I saw you, I didn’t need any of it. I just needed you there.”

“I know.” He said and started to rub my back, “They showed me the pit.”

I buried my head in his shoulder slightly ashamed.

“You killed those who deserved it.” He said, “Don’t worry.”

A smiled tugged at my face, and I couldn’t help but let three little words slip past my lips.

“I love you.” I whispered into the night air.

“Funny,” He said and pulled away, “I could have sworn I loved you.”

I giggled lightly and he pulled me in for another kiss.

(Lemon portion:https://greaserchick19.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/the-red-shadow-huntlemonmade-for-my-quizilla-account-check-it-out-if-you-want-to-read-it-all/ )

I finished getting dressed and glanced over at Paul. He’d just finished aswell. Dawn had just come, light was washing over the forest, yet most of it stayed dark from the trees and clouds above.

“So what are we going to do now?” I asked almost afraid of what his answer would be.

“I’m going to take the freshest head in that pit, other than a hunter, bring it back to the king, talk to Reggie, and retire as a bounty hunter before coming back up here and caring for you.” He said and wrapped me in another hug.

“Were you alright last night, by the way?” He asked as we pulled apart.

I nodded.

“You weren’t cold or in pain or anything?” He asked.

I grinned at him, “I liked the pain, and thanks to you,” I hugged him close again, “I was really warm, you sweetie pie.”

“What?” He asked trying not to laugh.

“So considerate of your women.” I said and put my hands on my hips, “Wonder how the princess liked it.”

“Oh, shut up! I’m choosing you.” He said and began to walk to the pit.

“At least get something to eat before you leave.” I ordered, “I’m not having you leave without that.”

He smiled, “I wasn’t planning on it.”

I smiled and walked with him. We walked in silence the entire way. I went down and pulled out the freshly chopped off head from a few days prior.

We threw it in a sack and headed towards the tavern for breakfast.

If only we knew then what we were about to get into.

Everything Pales To You(A Yu Yu Hakusho Hiei One-Shot)

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“Okay! Okay! Okay! I’m going!” I yelled to my brothers as I slipped my boots on and stalked to school.

I just got back from another assignment with the team, it was harder because everyone was reckless and all. I’m used to working alone. So I too took part in the injuries. And of course I was starting my new school today, just to piss me off so I couldn’t sleep in.

Usually I’d be home school merely because of the record I had, my dad and brothers didn’t want me getting into really bad trouble with some of the guys at a regular middle school.

I sighed and felt better hearing the jingle of copper coins at the bottom of my shortened skirt. I put them on and shortened it. Along with removing the sleeves from my shirt. My skirt came to where it normally should at my hips, and went about half way down my thigh, I had black leggings underneath, sleeveless grey school shirt with a white wife beater underneath.

I didn’t cared about uniforms. If the teachers didn’t like it, it was their problem.

I walked in and received strange looks from everyone. I was used to it, you’d think people would have heard of hair dye to explain to my green hair. But I guess not.

I headed up to where my class was, about to turn the corner something green landed at my feet.

“What was that for?” He snarled.

“You idiot! I was worried!” I girl with brown hair and eyes yelled.

“Yo, Uromeshi.” I said addressing him.

“Ayame, long time no see.” He said standing up.

“Yeah a whole twenty-four hours.” I told him sarcastically.

“Um, I’m sorry, who are you?” The girl asked me.

“I’m Ayame, I know this idiot of a friend of yours.” I told her.

“You’re Yusuke’s new teamate.” She said.

I twitched by nodded.

“I’m Keiko, it’s nice to meet you.” She smiled.

“You too.” I said, “Hey, Keiko think you can help me out?”

“Sure just name it.” she said.

“I’m looking for class room number 153, you know where it is?” I asked.

“That’s the class room next to ours.” She informed me, “You’re new?”

I nodded.

“I’d be happy to show you around if you like.” She offered.

“That’s be nice, arigoto, Keiko.” I said.

The bell rang and Keiko showed me where the room as she dragged Yusuke by the scruff of his neck.

“Class we have a new student today.” The rat like teacher at the front of the class said. I was sure any moment now he’d turn into a rat demon.

“Would you like to introduce yourself?” He asked, “Why don’t you write your name on the board?” He suggested.

I bite back rolling my eyes and printed it anyway.

“Kashaykiki Ayame.” I said almost darkly.

Faces paled and whispers rose through the class.

“It’s nice to meet you.”

“Why don’t you take your seat.” The teacher suggested.

“Nice to see you again, Ayame.” Kuwrabara said as I took the seat next to him.

“You too, Kuwrabara.” I said and nearly smiled before turning back forward.

The day progressed slowly at, what Kuwabara told me was, a normal rate.

The final bell sounded and I threw all my stuff in my bag before stalking off and out of the building.

Kuwabara, Yusuke, and Botan were all waiting for me at the front gate.

“Oh thank goodness all of you are here now!” Botan said seriously.

“What’s up?” Yusuke asked her.

“We have another assignment.” She said holding out a video tape.

I sighed and grabbed it, “We can watch it at my place, but be warned, my brothers are crazy.”

They nodded, “I’ll contact Kurama and Hiei and have them meet us their.” Botan said.

I nodded and lead the way to my house.

“I’m home!” I yelled when I got through the doors, “Don’t be idiots I have friends over!”

“She has girlfirends over!!” Hika cooded.

“We wont!” Mizu shouted back.

We all pulled off our shoes and I lead them to the living room. We sat down and I put the tape into the player.

A knock came to the door.

“I got it!” I yelled so my brothers wouldn’t bother.

I opened it and there stood not only Kurama, but Hiei as well.

“Come on in.” I said and moved aside so they could.

“It’s a lovely house you have here, Ayame-chan.” Kurama said as we passed the kitchen to go back to the living room.

“My brothers take care of it.” I told him as we all sat down, “It’s all them really.”

“Ayame!!” I heard several angry voices yell.

I turned to see three of my brothers, fuming in the kitchen door way.

“What?” I asked.

“You have boys over.” Mizu told me.

I stared at them blankly and then sighed.

“Onii-chen, there are my friends and supposed team mates. Uromashi Yusuke, Kuwrabara Kazu, Suichi whom we call Kurama, Hiei, and Botan.” I pointed to each, “Guys these are three of my older brothers, Hika, Mizu, and Geen.”

“I assure all of you that we see Ayame-chan as nothing more than a friend, a team-mate, and a strong adversary.” Kurama told them, “We’re only here to do a job right now.”

“Video tape?” Geen asked.

I nodded.

He sighed and lead them all back into the kitchen.

“Are you the only one with green hair in your family?” Kurama asked me when they left.

I nodded, “Other than my mom, but she’s been gone a while.”

I pressed play on the remote and fast forwarded through the credits.

“He’ll never know.” I told them as I hit play again.

“Greetings everyone.” He said sitting in his chair, “I hope your all doing well. This mission will once again be hard and I hope you all arrive back safely. There’s an escaped demon on the loose in the forests of Gengo. Not very far from where you are. Your mission is to find him, kill him, and return the time ring back to us.”

“Wonder what the time ring does?” Yusuke asked.

“I know your probably wondering about what the ring does.” Face fall, “Well, it can turn either back or forward a number of years of the life of anything. It can make a sapling a large tree, an ocean a lake, even a human life could be turned into an unborn fetus or a pile of ashes. Please be careful.”

It ended and I got up.

“Well this should be easy.” Yusuke stated.

“We have no idea what demon has this ring, Yusuke!” Botan yelled, “We have to be careful!”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

I figured they’d be fighting for a little while so I slipped up stairs.

Not two minutes later I came back down in jeans and hoodie with my favorite cap in my hands.

“We’re going out on a mission.” I told my brothers, “Don’t know how long it’ll be, but let dad and the others know for me when they get home alright.”

“Be careful.” They called.

We slipped our shoes back on and headed that way.

We got to the forest and started to look around for any clues.

“So, uh, what do we do to find this guy anyway?” Kuwrabara asked.

Botan looked at her communicator, “He was last seen somewhere around here.”

I sighed, “I should have brought Zooroo.” I said, “He had a great sense of smell.”

“He’s like a hound?” Yusuke asked.

“More like a highly skilled tracking partner that’s cute, cuddly, and easy to travel with.” I corrected.

“Baka.” Yusuke grumbled back.

I was about to come up with a witty come back, but I sensed something. I stopped and look in the direction of it. It wasn’t human. It wasn’t something that was native to Human world.

“It’s here.” I said and pulled out one of my knives.

Hahoo! Points to the boy for picking me out so soon! Hahoo!” Something fowl screeched, “Surrender your souls to me now and I’ll make your deaths painless! Hahoo!

“How ’bout you hand over the ring and we bring you in alive!” I countered.

Nnoooowr!!!!” It roared before jumping out of a tree right at us.

But it wasn’t aiming for me, or Yusuke, or Kuwrabara, or Hiei, or Kurama. It was aiming at Botan.

Yusuke, Kuwrabara, and I all had the same idea, we pushed Botan out of the way only to wind up taking the blast. We were sent whirling into the distance blinded by light.

Hiei’s pov.

I blinked a couple of times to adjust my eyes to sudden light. Looking around I saw the fox was alright, so was and Ferri onna. But I couldn’t see Yusuke, the owf, or the other onna anywhere.

“Ow!” I heard behind me.

I turned around and my eyes went wide.

“What in the world?” Ferri onna asked.

“Oh my.” Kurama said.

“You’re in a skirt! You’re in a skirt! You’re in a-Ahhhh! That hurt!” The human five year old yelled.

“Don’t make fun of me or I’ll beat you up!” The girl in the middle yelled.

“You’re both idiots!” The last one with orange hair said.

“What was that?” The girl asked cracking her knucks.

“H-He’s being a baka!” He said pointing to the other boy, “You never make fun of a girl, especially one pretty like you.”

“Don’t butter me up!” She said and punched his arm and sending him face first into the ground.

“Um, guys.” Botan interrupted, “What’s going on?”

“I believe that the demon used the time ring on you hoping to throw us off by changing you back to a baby or making you not exist at all. But because Yusuke, Kuwrabara, and Ayame-chan stopped it, the years that were supposed to turn you back ended up being split between the tree.” The fox said.

“But who’s who?” Botan asked.

“Even you can’t be that dense.” I snarled, “The onna’s the one in the skirt, the owf’s the one with orange hair, and Yusuke’s the one in green.”

“Oh.” She said, “Well there’s a way to tell them apart!” She laughed.

Why couldn’t she have been the one turned into a toddler.

“We should split up and look for him again.” The fox suggested, “We find him, we kill him, we use the ring to turn them back to normal.”

“What are we going to do with them though?” Botan asked, “We can’t leave them here!”

“Each of us will have to take one with us.” He said, “I’ll take Yusuke. Botan, why don’t you take Kuwrabara.”

“But I wanted to take, Ayame.” She whined, “We could braid each other hair.”

“More like have her rip it out.” I said motioning to the three of them fighting. The onna was dominating.

“I’m sure we both know what’ll happen if, Hiei takes Kuwrabara though.” He told her.

“Then why can’t you take him?” She asked.

“Yusuke and Ayame are more free and rebellious then Kuwrabara.” He explained, “He’ll be the easiest to take care of.”

She sighed, “Alright.”

“So I’m stuck with the onna then?” I asked.

“Gomena, Hiei.” The fox apologised, “But on the bright side, she’s a girl, she can’t be very hard to take care of.”

I sighed, but didn’t oppose his judgment.

The fox picked up Yusuke, the ferri, baka, onna the owf. I sighed again.

“Stand up.” I told Ayame.

She did and smiled up at me.

“Follow me.” I told her and started walking.

I could sence she was right behind me the entire time. She didn’t say a word, she didn’t even ask where we were going. Maybe she knows, I though. Impossible, human children can only know so much.

Suddenly I couldn’t sence her right behind me anymore. I turned around and saw her crouching by something.

“What is it?” I asked her.

She looked up at me and smiled, “Ayame.”

I looked over her to see one lone ayame standing proudly under the shade of a tree.

I crouched next to her.

“Do you know what ayame means?” I asked her.

She shook her head, “Iris.” I told her.

“Do you know what that means?” I asked.

She shook her head again.

“An iris is more than one thing, it can mean everything, and it can mean nothing.” I told her wondering why I was telling her this.

“Do-” She stopped mid word and paused for a moment, “Do you think I could be as pwetty as an iwis when I’m older, Hie-sama?”

I nearly blushed at her cuteness and the nickname.

I looked away afraid it might show.

“What a question.” I said, “It doesn’t matter what I think, what matters is getting you back into your normal body along with Yusuke and the Baka.”

She didn’t say anything just kept looking at the flower.

I sighed and picked it, looking at it momentarily before tucking it behind her ear.

“I believe you will become lovely like a flower for a human.” I told her, “Now come on.”

She stood up with me and followed closely. This time she grabbed my hand instead of walking behind me.

I didn’t object, but I knew if anyone saw us, I was a dead man.

I slowed down a little so she could easily keep up.

I finally though this was what it was like to be accepted, but it was ruined.

HaHoo! So, it seems between her and the other two they’re still alive!” He snarled, “I can do something about that! HaHoo!

Before I knew it he was down right in front of us. I pushed Ayame to the side, making sure she’d be out of harms way.

Let’s see how you react when we turn the little girl into an old woman! HaHoo!” He howled and shot the ring again.

Another flash of light, and the hand the ring was on, on the demon was gone.

I muffled thud was heard, he turned his head, I looked behind him. There she stood.

Tall as she was at fourteen, her jeans were back but fit normal, her long green hair went down past her butt coming from her hat, I saw long strong arms, and pointed ears that were pierced.

The wind blew softly moving her hair, she gained hips, her shirt didn’t meet her pants, on her tail bone I saw a tattoo, her scar incorporated.

She turned half way around to look back at us. The iris was still tucked behind her ear along with her hair. Her blue eyes shined and shimmered with a firey passion that can only be witnessed in battle. She got a nose piercing.

“I believe you should be more careful when using objects you don’t know.” She said and turned around fully.

Her chest still flat as a board, her height was the same, skin was only slightly tanner then it was, her eyes were just as beautiful. But her hips, oh her hips! They killed me. Full, lush, beautiful. They peeked over top of her jeans just enough to make me want to tackel her.

I swallowed thickly holding myself back.

“Your aim is completely off.” She told him, “You mostly hit that tree,” She motioned to it, it was huge.

How did I miss that? I asked myself.

“I got enough of it to turn me into my prime.” She told him,”And now, since I was told to kill you. I will.”

I couldn’t watch her, she was too fast, but when she came back into my gaze, she knelt on one knee, knife in her left hand. She was graceful still.

She stood up straight, and the demon fell to pieces. She put her knife back in her boot and walked over to me.

“Hiei.” She said.

My gaze was fixed on her hips and the way they swayed in such a way, now they were up to the beautiful blue eyes. I felt like I could stare into her’s forever.

She handed me something. I looked at it, it was the time ring.

She smiled, “Before you turn me back and we go hunting for the others, there’s something I need o tell you.”

I listened intently.

“When you turn me back I will almost be fifteen, now I’m twenty one.” Her gaze held mine in such a way words can’t explain, “In about a year or so after this, somethings going to happen. and I need you to follow your instincts.”

“Why?” I asked narrowing my eyes at her.

“Because,” She said bending herself at her waist so she was more at my eye level, her lips dangerously close to mine, “I know you want me, Hiei. And to be perfectly honest I want you too. And if you don’t help me out then, it’ll take two years after that before we tell each other.”

I was about to say something when she shut me up by putting her lips against mine. A half a second, but it was enough.

“Promise me you’ll do it.” She asked standing up straight.

“You know I can’t.” I told her a smirk pulling at my lips.

She grinned, “I hoped so.”

I pointed the ring at her and had fourteen in my mind. More light, she fell forward, I caught her.

Ichigo, I thought to myself as her long beautiful green hair splayed out on my face. I moved it and tilted her head up enough, she was a fourteen year old Ayame. Iris still tucked perfectly behind her ear.

I slid the ring on my finger and carried her on my back. I hopped through the trees searching for the fox and ferri onna.

Ayame’s pov.

“I can’t believe you let her get hurt enough to be knocked unconscious!” I heard Botan yelling.

I opened my eyes and sat up. I was in the woods with everyone, and I was confused.

“What happened?” I asked scratching the back of my head.

“You, Yusuke, and Kuwrabara pushed Botan out of the way of the blast, that then caused you three to revert back to about four or five years old.” Kurama explained, “You and, Hiei came back in contact with the demon, managed to defeat it, and found us. We used the ring while the two of them were having a nap and they’re still out.”

“Actually, what are you doing up right now anyway?” Botan asked.

I stared at her cold, “How does anyone expect people to sleep when they’re shouting?” I snarled.

She laughed nervously.

I ran an agitated hand through my hair and something fell out. I picked it up, it was an ayame.

“Hiei?” I asked.

“Hn.”

“How did I get this, do you know?” I asked him.

He looked at me out of the corner of his eye, “You picked it from the ground as we were looking for him. You stuck it behind your ear.”

I smiled confused, “Why did I pick the ayame?” I asked, “I don’t like them.”

He, Kurama, and Botan gave me the strangest look.

“Yeah, it’s a pretty flower.” I said, “But I like lilies.”

Face fall.

“Then why did you ask if I think you’d become pretty like one?” Hiei hissed with such anger.

I tried to hold it back, I really did, but I burst out laughing. After I calmed down and whipped the tears away.

“My dad always told me I’d someday be as pretty as an ayame, if not prettier.” I sighed, “I’d ask my brothers too, but they never said anything back.”

I knew he was mad at me by the way he glared, but I couldn’t do anything but smile brightly back at him. And we both knew that Kurama and Botan knew he said something to me about it. I just wished I remembered what it was.

We headed home after we rudely woke up Yusuke and Kuwrabara. Botan went back to Spiritworld to return the time ring.

We all went out separate ways, but for some reason Hiei followed me.

I said nothing as we walked, but smiled enjoying the company. I almost had a heart attack when he reached out and grabbed my hand.

I looked at him, he looked at me. I swallowed.

“There something you wanna tell me?” I asked meekly.

“Hn.” He said, “Just that, a lily’s beauty will always pale next to that of a striking ayame.”

He took the flower I had in my hand and tucked it behind my ear before cupping my cheek.

“Hiei,” I squeaked out before he brought our faces close together. Our lips brushed, electricity coursed through me, then they met.

I knew he was a fire demon for a reason, but that puts a whole new meaning to burning fire.

The sun had set long ago, and the moon was out, it was chilly. But I might as well have been standing on the sun right then.

He pulled back and I reached for air not knowing I needed it.

“He turned you into your twenty-one year old self while we were together,” He told me, “You said in about year I’d have to trust my gut on helping you or not, other wise I’d have to wait two more years after that. But I’m not listening, and I want you to be mine onna.”

“Really?” I asked him.

He nodded, but said nothing more. I needed nothing more.

I grinned so big it hurt and wrapped my arms around him bringing him as close as I could. We stayed like that until a car passed(It took a while), then I pulled away still beaming.

“Hiei, can I ask you a question about the older me?” I asked.

He nodded, “Was I pretty?”

He didn’t reply for a moment, but then he looked at me and said, “A lily’s beauty pales to that of an ayame, but every beautiful sight in the spirit, demon, and human worlds are nothing compared to you, no matter what age, onna.”

I smiled and kissed him again.

“Arigoto, Hiei.” I said before letting go of his hand and running off towards my house, he followed behind, not close enough for anyone to see him running after me, but close enough so he could keep an eye on me.

He kissed me, but he hadn’t marked me yet. I didn’t care, he called me his, I was his. But he was mine. And that’s the way it would be.