“I’m glad to see you again, I trust you’ve been well.” My great-aunt, Genkai, asked me as we sat across from one another at a small table drinking tea.
“Yes, Auntie.” I said softly staring down at the green liquid in my cup, “I’ve been meditating everyday, like you showed me, to control it.”
“And it has worked?” She asked placing her cup down on the table.
I nodded, “So far I’ve been able to keep it at bay.”
She crossed her arms over her chest and stared at me. I knew that wasn’t the answer she was looking for, so I lowered my head, allowing my long black hair to fall forward and cover my face a little more than it already did.
“Raise your head, Blair.” Auntie told me.
I did as I was told, and allowed my green eyes to meet her brown ones.
“You haven’t disappointed me.” She told me sternly, “You have great power which only grows stronger in you. The fact you have done this much so far is outstanding. But,” She paused to take a sip of her tea before continuing, “If your power continues to increase like this you soon wont be able to contain it, instead it will consume you.”
I nodded, knowing full well about it already. There were nights I would wake up to my body feeling like it was on fire from it wanting out.
“I will teach you how to control it, but it must then be up to you to do it.” She snarled.
I nodded, “Is that why you wanted me to live with you, Auntie?”
She nodded before taking another sip, “I was informed of your latest fit in your sleep, and that emergency room visit because of it. If that is to happen again I want to have my eye on you 24/7, maybe then I can stop it before it kills you.”
I nodded in understanding. I didn’t like the idea of what was going on, but this was my reality, I had to accept it. Auntie never liked to sugar coat things, and while I didn’t always like how blunt people could be, I needed this. After all it was my life at stake.
“We’ve done as you’ve asked.” An unfamiliar voice said as a figure pushed open the door to the room we were in. There stood a boy he had light blue/grey hair with 4 green pieces covering his left eye, both of which were blue. He was wearing a plain black training uniform, but had a fish net shirt underneath.
“Good.” Auntie said closing her eyes and setting her tea cup back onto the table, “Gather up the others and go to the training room. Begin with 1000 push up, I’ll be there in a little while.”
“Yes, ma’am.” He said and bowed before closing the door and leaving to do as he was told. But not before I felt his eyes gaze over me.
“Auntie?” I began to pose the question.
“You are no longer a little girl, Blair.” She began, still with her arms crossed, “You know of the demon power within you. You know apparitions do indeed exist. What you do not know, because I have not informed you of, is that some of these apparitions are not evil like you believe. I have six of these such apparitions staying with me to undergo training to become much stronger. A training similar to what I will put you through to control your power. They will not harm you, I will assure you that. I will introduce you to them later. For right now you should go to your room and unpack. Get yourself settled. We will begin your training in the morning.”
I nodded, “Auntie, before you go.” She paused after she rose and looked at me, “Thank you, I don’t know where I would be right now if it weren’t for you.”
“You’re family, Blair.” She told me looking forward instead of at me, “Never forget that.”
And without another word she left the room to go and see the apparitions.
“Y-you want me to do what?” I asked my aunt, not fully registering what she had just said.
“Put your hand in the fire.” She repeated, “Your power should be more than enough to protect you from any permanent damage.”
I took a half a step back from the bonfire that was raging in front of me. I didn’t want to do it.
“Aw, come on Blair. It’s not going to be that bad.” Rinku said from behind me, trying to encourage me.
I turned and looked at him. It wasn’t just him, but all of them were. Chu, Toya, Suzuka, Shishiwakamaru, and Jin. I turned away from them all and blushed. I didn’t want him to see me like this.
“Blair, get your head out of the clouds and the embarrassment off of your face. If you don’t do this now we’ll never know how far you’ve come. So stop being afraid.” Auntie snapped at me.
I only felt the blush on my face increase at being called out on in it. But with Suzuka and Shishiwakamaru laughing at me I couldn’t break down and cry now. Especially not with Jin here.
Despite the burning on my face I lunged forward to the fire and stuck out my right hand preparing myself for immense pain, only to be met with smoke.
I started coughing and hacking as the dark smoke filled my lungs. It lasted for only a moment before it was replaced by crisp, clean air.
“You alright there, Blair?” I heard Jin ask next to me, “Mighty lot a smoke inhailed you did. But an even better job in puttin’ out the fire, there. You didn’t even have ta think about it, did ya?”
“I’m alright. Thanks.” I said softly allowing my long black hair to cover my face and hide my blush from the wind apparition standing next to me.
I had the power of a water demon in me, things like fire should not hurt me as long as I had control of it.
“You failed.” I heard Auntie growl.
“Aw come on, Genkai.” Jin wined, “She did a good job puttin’ out the fire like you wanted.”
“I didn’t want her to put out the fire.” Auntie snapped, “I wanted her to put her hand in the fire and use her powers to stop it from harming her. She couldn’t do that, so she failed. We will try this again tomorrow, until then Blair, you will meditate all night on a bed of nails. Am I clear?”
“Yes, Auntie.” I said looking down even more. I could take her telling me I failed, and I didn’t do something right. But I felt absolutely horrible that Jin got backlash on my behalf.
“Get going then.” She told me.
I said nothing but turned and made my way to the designated training room.
I stood on the water’s surface and waited as a wave washed over me.
It had been almost six months since I started training with Auntie. I had no talent what so ever for fighting, but with her guidance and my determination to help the apparitions I had come to know as friends, I had the ability to use my water based powers for healing.
I was still painfully shy, and allowed my long hair to hide my face most of the time. I had come the point where I realized I had very strong feelings for the wind master, Jin. Yet I had no idea if he felt the same way.
“What are ya doing all they out here, Blair?” I heard the all to familiar voice of Jin say from behind me.
I turned, my cheeks burned.
“Excersizing my powers.” I said softly, Jin was currently upside down in the air.
“Exsersizing or not, you stay out here in the cold any longer, you’ll be hacking in bed, or so I say.” He told me, before turning right side up and extending his hand to me, “Let’s go ‘fore you start to get the chills.”
I shyed away from his hand.
“What’s the matter, Blair?” He asked, surprised by the fact that I didn’t take his hand, “You should know well enough by now I don’t bite. Not less you want me to anyway.”
“It’s not that, Jin.” I started slowly, watching the waves move beneath my feet for a moment before starting to move them in the way of home.
“Oh, do you just not like me anymore?” He asked as I passed him.
I turned and looked at him in shock. His arms were crossed over his chest, and his lips were set in a frown.
“Of course that’s not the case, Jin.” I said trying to assure him and find the words to tell him.
“Then what is it, girl?” He asked a little impaitent.
“I’m afraid of heights.” I said looking away.
The glare on his face dropped completely into plain shock.
“You’re afraid of heights!” He laughed.
I felt my cheeks heat up as I turned and walked away. I couldn’t even let my hair cover my face from it being wet and clumpy.
About ten steps from the shore I felt strong arms wrap around my waist from behind.
“You trust me right, Blair?” I heard Jin ask behind me. His voice was playful. My body was ridgid and my face even hotter than before.
“Blair?” He asked again.
“I trust you.” I said quietly.
I heard him giggling behind me as I felt my feet leave the water. I swallowed as I watched the water get further and further away. I held onto Jin’s arms tightly as we kept getting higher.
“You really are afraid, aren’t ya?” Jin smiled behind me, “You don’t think I would drop you, do you?”
“N-no.” I said honestly as a shiver raked through my body. I saw the house rapidly approaching, we were up really high.
I shrunk back into myself as I closed my eyes, causing me to lean more into Jin’s torso. Before I knew it my feet touched down on solid ground.
I opened my eyes to see we were right infront of the house.
“Told you, I wouldn’t drop ya.” Jin said and let me go.
I turned around and stared up at him and his beautiful blue eyes.
“Thank you for that.” I said softly, not looking away this time.
His smile just wider, “Don’t mention it, Blair. But could you do me a favor?”
I cocked my head to the side wondering what it is he might want, but nodded anyway.
“Wear your hair up a little more often.” He said looking me dead in the eye, “It’s nice to see your pretty face in all its glory.”
My face heated up hearing what he said, but he only smiled wider.
“Blair if you don’t get in here right now and change out of those soaking cloths, I will get Toya to cast an ice spell around you.” I heard Auntie yell out to us.
“I’m going!” I shrieked and took off inside not wanting to freeze to death.
I stood with the guys waiting for the portal to demon world to be completely set up.
“I understand you have to do this.” I said looking down, my hair no longer falling to cover my face, being back in a braid, “But promise me you guys will come back alive.”
“Of course we will, Blair!” Chu grinned, “Beaten and blugared maybe, but then we can just have you patch us right up!”
I smiled a little and looked up at their smiles.
“We’ll be back in one piece.” Rinku assured.
“It will be your job to master your powers in the time that we are gone.” Toya told me.
I nodded, keeping a light smile on my face.
“The portal is ready.” One of the men from Spirit world came up and told us.
“Thank you.” Kurama said to him.
“Keep your head up, Blair, we’ll be back.” Jin told me with a light frown on his face.
I just looked down.
“Hey! When has old Jinny boy ever broken a promise to you?” He asked and smiled at me.
I couldn’t help but smile too.
“So, why don’t you hang on to this for me and give it back to me when I get back.”
I looked up at him and nodded, letting him know I would. Before I could think Jin’s face was right infront of mine and his lips on mine in a sweet yet hard kiss.
He pulled away before I could even grasp what was going on and grinned, his ears were going wild twitching.
“Make sure you give that back to me when I get back.” He reminded, “And keep that hair outta your face.”
I said nothing but smiled like an idiot as I felt my face heat up a zillion degrees.
They’ll be back. I thought as I watched them all walk away. I have faith.