The Meaning Of This Ayame(A Yu Yu Hakusho Hiei Two-Shot Part 2)

We fell through the sky, giant trees waiting beneath us. Kurama pulled out a seed and it turned into wing like shapes, Hiei, Yusuke, and Kuwrabara grabbed on to parts of it. Botan and Kyotu glidded down on their oars. I grabbed Zooroo put him in my back pack.

Falling into the thicket of the woods I braced myself and jumped from tree branch to tree branch until I hit the forest floor.

Zooroo stuck his head out of the top and looked at me. I shrugged and stood waiting for the others to glide down and meet me.

“That was reckless, Ayame!” Kyotu scolded me, “What if you missed a step or something?”

“Then I’d of caught myself and still managed to get down with out a scrape.” I said like it was the most obvious thing in the world.

“Don’t do that again, baka!” He told me.

I stuck my tongue out at him and turned to Hiei and Kurama.

“Where abouts are we?” I asked.

“Hakito forest.” Hiei told me, “Nothing here but demon bugs and arachnids. They shouldn’t pose a threat.”

I nodded.

“Actually,” Kurama said staring down at his comunicator, “We aren’t too far off of where that cave should be.”

“How far are we?” Yusuke asked.

“Only about a day or so’s walk east.” He replied.

“Not bad.” I said, “Let’s go, we’re gonna burn daylight.”

They agreed and we headed east.

I paused, “Botan, come on you’ll be left behind!” I called to her.

“This place is crawling with bigs!” She shreeked and jumped into Kyotu’s arms.

“You’re scared of a few bugs?” I asked her.

“And you aren’t?” She demanded as we walked, Kyotu still carrying her.

“I have eight older brothers!” I nearly cried, “They’d put bugs and stuff in my bed when I was little.”

I heard the guys snort in laughter.

“They seem like a fun bunch.” Yusuke commented.

“They are.” I told him, “But they’re a pain in my ass.”

“Roooo!” Zooroo agreed.

“Any chance you’d bring them to work?” Kuwrabara asked me.

I rolled my eyes, “Why so you guys can meet the guys who are responsible for me kicking your butts the other day?”

“What are you talking about?” Hiei snarled.

I smiled slightly under the brim of my hat, “Oh, nothing.”

“I demand to know.” He hissed.

“Hiei.” Kurama warned, “Ayame-chan, would you please speculate what it is you mean?” He asked me almost sweetly.

I sighed, “Eight older brothers, I’m the youngest and only girl.” I told them, “Either learn to fight or get held down, spit on, and used as a punching bag. I’m sure you know which one I chose.”

Yusuke whistled, “So how long have you been able to fight like you do?” He asked.

“You mean giving people internal bleeding, or just hand to hand?” I asked.

“Both.” He said.

“You first.” I told him.

“Hand to hand ever since I can remember.” He told me, “I’ve only ever been able to use spirit power for going on a year now.”

I nodded, “I’ve been able to fight since before I could talk.” I told him, “I’ve been a spirit detective for about three years.”

He whistled again, “Must a kept you pretty busy.”

I shrugged, “I’m used to busy.”

We came to the base of a large mountain. Kurama pulled out his communicator again.

“The cave should be just on the other side.” He said.

“Does that mean we have to go around?” Botan whinned.

“Why are you complaining?” Yusuke yelled, “Kyotu’s the one who’s carrying you!”

I rolled my eyes, just like Kyotu to carry around a girl and think she’s in love with him.

“You don’t wanna come, you can head back to spirit world.” I told her, “That goes for all of you, but I’m pushing on. This is my mission.”

“No way I’m letting you and some purple rat get a head of me.” Yusuke told me following me up the mountain.

“You aren’t about to out do me, Uromeshi!” Kuwrabara yelled.

“I suppose we should go with them to stop them from doing anything stupid shouldn’t we?” Kurama asked Hiei.

“Hn.” I faintly heard his reply.

“Wait for us!” Botan yelled as Kyotu ran up with her in his arms.

“How much further?” Botan asked.

We were about half way up the mountain, free hand rock climbing. Kyotu couldn’t carry her anymore because of the cliffs and stuff.

“Only a few more hours, then it should widen out and be about an hour’s walk down hill.”

“That much longer?” She whinned.

I paused, “If you’re that tired, couldn’t you and Kyotu go on your oras, then we could have flown around the mountain.”

“You’re right!” She exclaimed and made her ora appear. She got on and floated away fro the mountain.

“I’ll stay right beside you.” She grinned.

I sighed, well at least she wont be complaining anymore.

I shouldn’t have had that thought, I stepped on the wrong spot and it crumbled under my feet.

“Whaw!” I yelped as I fell.

Someone caught my wrist, I looked up and it was Kurama.

“Arigoto.” I said as he hauled me best he could on the sheer ledge.

“Don’t worry about it.” He told me, “We promised Koenma we’d take care of each other right?”

I nodded, “Right.”

But that entire time I was uneasy. I felt like someone was glaring holes into both me and Kurama. I was just wondering whom.

We managed to make it back down the mountain in record time.

“Let’s camp here for the night.” I suggested.

“Why stop now?” Kuwrabara asked dumbly, “We’re close to that cave right? Why not keep going.”

“Do you have any idea how many insects prey on those that go into their territories at nigh?” Hiei asked him, “I’ve seen the acid dissolving bones of exceedingly strong demons the morning after. If you’re truly more stupid than I first thought be my guest. We’ll camp here, but don’t come back crying when you’re running from an angry sworm.”

Three.

Two.

One.

“Need any help with the fire there Kurama?” He asked.

“No I have this.” He said, “Why don’t you help the girls with the tents.”

“Okay.”

“Why two?” Yusuke asked as he fumbled with the rods.

“One for you boys, and the other for Ayame and myself.” Botan told him.

“You’ve never done much camping, have you?” I asked him as he got himself tangled in the rods more.

“I’d like to see you do any better!” He chalenged.

“Hold still.” I told him.

Hiei’s pov.

I was sitting next to the fox staring into the flames. But the truth was I was looking over the fire at the onna.

She carefully untangled Uromeshi from the bent pole. Then she pushed it through many holes in the fabric. Before I knew it was what a pile of sticks stings and cloth became two tee-pee looking buildings.

She stuck her tongue out at Uromeshi, and he got mad.

“You truly do know your way when it comes to things like this, don’t you, Ayame-chan?” The fox complimented.

I sent him a side ways glare.

The fox was getting too close to the onna. He helped her earlier, and help her wrist longer than necessary. He was beginning to bug me.

“I believe dinner’s ready.” The fox said.

“What’s for dinner anyway?” Uromeshi asked.

“Spit fire chicken.” He said as they sat down, “Koenma loaded me up with food before we left. It was nice of him.”

“It was.” Ayame smiled as she pulled off her cap.

I yearned to run my fingers through the silky looking locks and pull to hear her say my name.

“Is everything alright, Hiei?” Botan asked me.

Wrong onna, wrong onna, wrong onna, wrong onna.

“I’m fine.” I said harshly, “I’m just not acustume to human cuisine.”

“Spit fire chicken is really good, you’ll enjoy it.” Onna told me.

“Human food.” I muttered.

“Just try it.” The fox said forcing a plate towards me.

I took a hesitant bite. It wasn’t half bad.

“Well?” Urimeshi asked me.

“I’ve had better.” I said, it was true.

Ayame’s pov.

We woke up early the next morning and took the tents down.

I skipped breakfast, but Kurama insisted saying it was the most important meal of the day. So I ate a little fruit to keep him satisfied.

We head on along the edge of the mountain. We came across a few of what Hiei described last night. Bones, melted with acid, picked clean of all mean, blood, and marrow.

Botan was nearly sick at the sight.

“I think this is it.” I said checking my communicator.

“I believe so.” Kurama confirmed.

“What should we do?” Kuwrabara asked.

“Wait here.” I said dropped my back pack, Zooroo came out to see what was going on. I slipped my boots and socks off.

“Roo.” Zooroo whimpered.

I crouched down and put my cap on his head, letting my hair out.

“You stay here little buddy, I’ll be back soon.” I told him.

I stood up and had my back to everyone, “I don’t know what’s lying in there.” I told them, “I don’t know how long it’ll take. But I’m not gonna die in there. And no one comes in after me. I’ll be back out as soon as it’s done. I promise.”

“Could always hold you to your word, couldn’t I, Ayame?” Kyotu asked.

“You be the judge of that.” I told him.

“Becareful, Ayame-chan.” Kurama told me.

“You aren’t my mother, Kurama.” I told him and stepped into the cave, I looked back over my shoulder, “No matter what no one comes in here. I’ll be out as soon as it’s done. No matter what you hear, see, feel, or anything. Alright.”

“Like we’d want to know what’s in there?” Yusuke scoffed.

Hiei’s pov.

I watched the onna’s back as she disappeared into the darkness of the cave.

We set up camp next to the cave so that she’d be fine when she came out.

Not twenty minutes after she entered there were cries of pain coming from there.

Uromeshi ran to the cave opening to help, but was stopped by Kyotu.

“This is her mission.” He told him, “Ayame is a big girl, she can take care of herself.”

I glanced down at the purple rat, he seemed to in pain as well.

“How do we know?” Uromeshi demanded.

“I’ve only ever heard Ayame cry out like this once before.” He told him, all of our ears perked up, “The grim reaper that brings the spirit detective to headquarters is also considered a partner to the said spirit detective.” He explained.

“When was the first time?” I asked without thinking.

“There are a few ways to identify the legendary demon hunter, Kashaykiki Ayame.” He told us, “The multiple pierced ears, the long green hair, a black belly button studded piercing, and a scar on her tail bone.”

“That’s the demon hunter?” I asked.

He nodded, “I thought it was obvious when she told you her name.” He sighed, “Guess everyone expects her to be curvy like an actual woman.” He paused a minute, “Please don’t tell her I said that!”

“I think if she lives through this, what you said about her will be the least of our worries.” Botan told him.

The cries of pain were louder.

Kyotu sighed,”The question is how did she get that scar.” He continued, “It was her third mission. Still only an eleven year-old girl. She was supposed to kill the demon Moysoku.”

“The Moysoku?” The fox asked.

He nodded, “We all thought it was a little too soon for her to even think about going up against a demon like that. But we were all proven wrong.” He paused like the memory hurt him, “I stayed back to give her the room she needed. Eventually they were both about even, but they were both really badly injured. I was about to step in and grab her, if we lose her then what’s the point of having spirit detectives?” He swallowed, “But she went in for the finishing move, much like what she did for Uromeshi, but his was on such a small scale in comparison.”

“What do you mean small scale?” He barked.

“The original intent for, Ayame thrusting her palm up against her opponent’s abdomen, in between the stomach and the heart is because that’s where the spirit power is centered. She’s obtained the ability to move it through her body at will.” He told him, “She moved the majority of it to one of her palms, then by connecting her energy with her opponent’s, and how she can control it, she literally pulls the power out of the opponent, than mixes it with hers before forcing it back in. And at will that basically causes her opponent to explode into a bloody mess all over the place.”

“And she,” He swallowed, “Could have done that to me?”

“Yes.” He said brightly, “The name of the attack is quite fittingly named, ‘Bloody Shower’.”

“Stupid name.” The owf mumbled.

“Not when you think about it.” The fox defended, “If I understand this right, then with the help of her’s and her opponent’s spirit power she manages to liquify the entire body sending it out in every direction in a bloody mess. And I’d assume with the way the spray is it would look much like a bloody shower.”

“Kurama, you are exactly right.” He said, “She was going in for that. But he anticipated, he struck one of his claws deep into her lower back, but not before she got a clean shot. Ayame managed to kill him easily, but not without a price.”

“A price?” Botan asked, the cries stopped.

“She was nearly paralyzed.” He said, “That means she’d have to give up everything she loved. Fighting, dancing, her long walks every morning.”

“Dance?” I asked.

“A beautiful dancer, it honestly helps her with the detective business.” He said.

“That does explain how she dodged earlier attacks.” The fox said.

Cries from the cave went back on. I wish I knew what was going on. But looking at her demon, I’d probably go on a rampage.

I wanted to kill Moysoku again for hurting her, I wanted to kill Kyotu for letting it happen, I wanted to kill the fox for being so nice to her, I wanted to kill Uromeshi and the Owf for looking at her, I wanted to kill any and everyone who ever hurt, touched, or even looked at her. What was wrong with me?

I went up and sat in a tree staring at the cave. I tried using my Jagen eye but I couldn’t see inside. All I could do was stare between the mouth of the cave and purple rat to see what was going on.

Of course that plan was gone when Botan brought it into the crappy put up tee-pee to rest.

I had to talk to the fox. He’d know.

I sat beside him staring into the flames, We were on night watch incase anything came and tried anything.

“Fox?” I inquired.

“What is it, Hiei?” He asked.

“What’s wrong with me?” I asked.

“What do you mean?” He asked.

“My palms are sweaty, I can’t seem to sleep, my body’s rejecting food, and I keep thinking about this onna. What’s wrong?” I asked again.

He chuckled slightly, “Hiei, my friend I believe you’re in love.”

My eyes widened, “Love?” I asked.

He nodded, “It’s a common emotion to feel, honestly. You want to protect a person, and if any harm befalls them, you want nothing more than to kill the person over and over again. You’d do anything to make them smile. And just seeing them drives you wild.”

“How do you know?” I hissed.

“I saw how you looked at Ayame-chan when she first walked in, in that yukata. You couldn’t take your eyes off her.”

“She looks good in purple.” I muttered, “Is there a way to cure it?”

“Only one.” He said, “You’ll have to tell, Ayame-chan how you feel and hope she feels the same way.”

“Do me a favor and don’t call her chan anymore.” I told him.

“Does it bother you?” He asked.

“Quite.” I replied.

“I’ll stop, on the condition that you tell her.” He offered.

“Fine.” I said, “As long as it will make this go away.”

The fox stiffed a giggle as I said that. But I didn’t bother to ask him about it.

“This has been going on for three day’s straight! When’s it gonna end!?” The owf yelled.

“When she’s done.” Kyotu told him, “We had no idea how long it’d take us to find this, and we still have no idea how long it’s going to be before she masters her powers. It’s only a matter of time.”

“How do you figure?” He asked.

“Ayame has always caught on quick.” He explained, “If it takes someone an average of a week to master something, she’ll have it done in three or four days.”

“Impressive.” The fox said, “Usually the mastering of such things early take a toll on one’s body. But, Ayame seems to be able to work past it.”

“She’s still never found her limits yet.” Kyotu said, “She’s tried on so many counts, but I think this one will finally do the trick for her.”

“She doesn’t have a limit?” Uromeshi asked.

“Not that she’s aware of.” He said, “She might have found it in her grade school days and worked past it to never find it again subconsciously. But I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.”

No limit to be found? I thought to myself, I think I just might start taking a liking to this onna after all.

Her cries were worse when the sun rose in the morning. And judging by the rat things were not good in there.

About noon was when I smelled trouble.

Hoards of demons made their way over to the cave, saying that the powerful energy emanating from there would soon belong to them and if we didn’t want to suffer we’d move aside.

We fought back best we could but there were a lot.

I suddenly realised that the onna’s cries had gone completely. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the rat was still. This bothered me.

The cave, and half the mountain, suddenly collapsed behind me.

There she stood, ragged and torn cloths, scratches, and blood, her blood, hair a mess. But the power coming from her body, it was immense.

I was pulled aside by Kyotu, everyone else was frozen with fear.

She took one step forward, the air around all of us suddenly turned colder than ice, yet it burned worse than any flame ever could. She took another step, the same thing but stronger, and another. I choked thinking she was going to suffocate us before she even killed them.

But no.

For in an instant that pressure was gone. And there she stood, light shining on her right. Her hair looked like pure silk, her eyes deeper then any ocean, her skin was glowing. She was a goddess.

She raised her left hand to her right shoulder, swiftly moving it back to her side. I didn’t even see what happened. But when blood was stained the ground and trees, and various body parts were scattered everywhere it became painfully obvious what she did.

Without another sound her eyes closed and she began to waver, her knees buckled and she fell. I caught her before she could touch the ground.

Lifting her up and cradling her in my arms, I actually felt her figure. Thin but muscular, no hips, no chest, and no butt. But for some reason I liked it. And holding her she felt so fragile, so delicate, yet she fit in my arms perfectly.

Slowly and carefully I carried her over to the others who were still in shock from what just happened, but snapped out of it realizing she needed help.

Ayame’s pov.

I opened my eyes slowly, I had a bad headache. Looking around I saw a little colour, and a blur of purple.

“Zooroo?” I asked.

“Rooooooooo!” He exclaimed.

The tent door opened and everyone came scampering in. Hiei stayed at the door.

“Are you alright?” Botan asked.

“What happened?” I asked trying to sit up only to be pushed back down by Kurama.

“I wouldn’t try to sit up yet.” He told me, “Your wounds might reopen.”

“What happened?” I asked again this time a little more panicked.

“You went in the cave, spent about four days going between yelling and staying silent, some demons came on the fourth day and you killed them along with bringing half the mountain we scaled to pieces.” Hiei said calmly.

“That must have been awesome.” I grinned.

“You had us all worried.” Kyotu said, “What the hell happened to you when you were in the cave anyway?”

I thought for a minute, “A lot of pain.” I said, “I saw my mama, and she said this was the gift she couldn’t have given me while she was alive. Told me to be strong, and don’t give up, told me she loved me. And then the rest is all a blur of pain, burning, searing. It hurt.”

“You’re alright now, but rest up.” Kurama told me.

I nodded, “Thank you guys.” I said.

“I’d like to test that new power of yours when you have a minute.” Yusuke said.

“Get in line, baka.” Kyotu told him, “She needs to defeat Nagiete first.”

“Well, it’s half over.” I said, “I’m gonna try to sleep some more, okay.”

“You rest up, we’ll figure out what we’re going to do next.” Botan told me.

I nodded and started to drift off again. I knew they could handle it.

I woke up I don’t know how much later, but the sun was just starting to rise and Botan and Zooroo were next to me sleeping like two babies.

I grabbed my back pack and exited the tent.

“Were are you going?” I deep voice asked.

“I’m going to change, Hiei, don’t worry.” I told him rubbing my eyes.

“I thought you’d still be asleep.” He said.

“I’ve been sleeping how long?” I asked.

“About a week, I’d say.” He responded.

I nodded, “We’ve stayed in this place long enough.”

I went into the forest a little ways and stood behind a thick tree. There I stripped off my shirt and baggy jeans.

Tight jean short shorts and a baggy sweater replaced them.

“Ayame!” Botan shouted out in no particular direction, “How could you let this happen, Hiei!? She’s injured, and what if she wandered off?!”

“I went to change, geeze, have a heart attack for the whole world why don’t you.” I said and sat down, Zooroo jumping into my lap.

“Wow, you actually look like a girl.” Yusuke told me.

“Tell me something I don’t know.” I hissed running a comb through my mess of hair.

“Well, this is a good morning isn’t it?” Kurama asked coming from the boys tent, “You’re alright now, I assume, Ayame?”

I nodded and pulled on knee-high stripped socks before jaming my feet into my boots.

“Then we can get moving today.” He said.

“Finally.” Yusuke, Kuwrabara, and I said together.

“Can’t sit still, can you?” Botan asked.

“Not if we can help it.” I answered for all of us.

We ate and packed up before heading out. I walked near the back of the group because I still wasn’t feeling so hot. And for some reason, Hiei was with me every step of the way.

I was wondering why, but I didn’t bother to ask. I figured he would think I was bothersome so I just stayed shut up. Besides I liked having him near like that.

We stopped again when the sun was setting, this time along a river.

“By the looks of this map, if we keep going the way that we are, we should arrive in the district some time tomorrow afternoon.” Kurama said as we were all sitting around the fire.

“Then why can’t we keep going like we are now?” Kuwrabara asked, “We’ll make it there by morning.”

“Because baka.” Hiei snarled, “Take it from some one with experience, those woods at night are not the place someone like you would want to be. Demons hunt at night, they will prey on you. And with the onna still not fully ready for the fight we’d be out numbered, over powered, and left for dead.”

“You’re still not fully healed?” Kyotu asked.

“I’m fine,” I said, “It’s just taking me a little while to get used to this new power is all.”

“You should have said something.”

“I’m fine!” I barked, “Now would you stop worrying about me? You aren’t my dad, and you could never be my mom!”

Kyotu only sighed admitting defeat. The rest of the night was quiet.

We walked in silence all of the next morning. And, just as Kurama predicted, we arrived in the afternoon.

Setting up camp on the edge of a river again.

“We’re getting you used to your new power.” Was the only thing Yusuke said before launching a spirit gun attack at me.

I dodged effortlessly, narrowly avoiding the blast and Kurama’s rose whip. Hiei nearly got me with his sword, but I knocked it out of his hand in a second. Sending a kick to his face and having him smash back into a large rock, only to be ambushed by Kuwrabara.

I landed back on the ground and shot straight up driving my fist into his gut sending him flying sky high. I didn’t have very much time to admire my work.

Another blast came and I flipped to avoid it. Kurama’s rose whip wrapped around my ankle sending me down wards. Yusuke aimed to fire, but before he did everything went white.

A giant explosion happened sending everyone back. When things cleared, I was sitting in the middle of a giant cradder.

“Did, I do that?” I asked.

“By the looks of it.” Kurama said coming over to the edge.

“Kurama, I’m so sorry!” I said and scrabbled upwards. He was covered in deep wounds.

“These are nothing, don’t worry about it.” He told me.

I nodded.

“Is everyone else alright?” He asked.

“Remind me never to piss her off again.” Yusuke joked.

“Are you crazy! That could have gotten us killed!” Kuwrabara yelled to him.

“No it wouldn’t have.” I told him.

Everyone paused and turned to me.

“I didn’t have the intent to kill anyone on my mind when I somehow let it go.” I explained, “A least we know I can drag it out when I need too.”

“I’m sure you’ll be fine.” Kurama assured.

I smiled.

There’s that glare again. I thought to myself. I still wanna know who’s doing it.

All of the next day I spent drawing out my new power. I think I managed to do so pretty well.

“Think you’re ready, Ayame?” Kurama asked when I emerged from the tent in white short shorts, dark socks, my boots, and a baggy hoodie.

I nodded, “Ready as I’ll ever be.”

I headed out to find him. I was alone, or that was the plan, but I felt someone following me.

I finally stopped and turned around.

“I know you’re there, come out.” I said.

Hiei stepped out of the shadows of the tree.

“What are you doing here?” I asked him.

“I wanted to be alone with you.” He said.

That was straight forward. I thought.

“Why?” I asked.

He didn’t say anything he just walked up to me, he didn’t even look me in the eye. That made me a little sad. I loved his red eyes.

I shrugged and kept walking. Something was up, but I quickly dismissed every thought that was ever in my head when, Hiei. Held. My. Hand.

I was having a mental spasm.

“Onna.”

“Hai?”

“I talked to the fox the other day, and he told me something.” He said and paused, “Since I saw you I had feelings for you. According to him they’re love. And he said the only way to get rid of them is to tell you. So, onna, I love you.”

My breath was caught in my throat.

I swallowed hard, “I think he lied to you, Hiei.” I finally had something to say.

“What are you talking about?” He demanded.

I swallowed again, “By telling someone you love them, if you do, it doesn’t make those feelings you’re feeling go away. It makes them stronger.”

The grip on my hand tightened a little.

“But,” I said taking back his attention, “They aren’t always bad feelings.”

I knew he was about to question that, so I shut him up by placing my lips on his. It was a little awkward because he was barely five feet, and I was five seven(nine inches for those of you who don’t know).

He tasted like salt and metal. I liked it. But what I loved even more, when he grabbed my hips and pulled my close to him.

I pulled away all too soon.

“I love you too, Hiei.” I breathed and reluctantly pulled away.

I turned around and headed off to where Negeite should have been.

Hiei’s pov.

I stood there dumbfounded. No one had ever told me that they loved me before. And she was perfect.

I swear that girl was made just for me.

She knew what to say, what to do, this air about her.

“Ayame.” I whispered in the wind.

Just her name sounded so right coming from my mouth. And when she said mine, I knew right then, she had to be for me.

“Ayame?” I questioned this time. Wasn’t it a japanese iris? Yes it was.

Now why would a parent name their child with such an ordinary name? Well beyond me. Besides they were human, like she is.

And. . . . . . I’m in love with a human girl.

The sound of a large explosion brought me out of my thoughts. I ran to the source. And sure enough.

Standing tall and proud, slightly winded is besides the point, facing an ugly blob demon.

“Just surrender and your death will be swift.” It cried to her.

“How ’bout you abandon your plans of destroying both the human and spirit worlds and I’ll think about not killing you.” She countered.

A quick witty tongue, I like a woman with sass.

“Die!!!!!!” It yelled.

I wanted to jump in and take the attack for her, but something told me to stay up in this tree.

She deflected it with her right hand, that glob disintegrated a tree twice as large as the one I was in.

She ran full pelt into the demon, she broke through the outer layer of the blobs body and . . . . . . went inside it?

I’m in love with a human baka onna. I thought to myself.

She moved her hands out to either of her sides. For some reason she wasn’t disintegrating. That demon noticed it too.

Before anything else could happen, she performed bloody shower.

She looked around a moment making sure it worked. It was a glob monster, air for that shouldn’t just kill it.

Five minutes, seven minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes.

She sighed in relief and looked up at me.

“You just gonna sit there all day or are you gonna come down?” She asked.

I was by her side without a moment’s hesitation.

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

She nodded, “Iris. Do you know what iris means?” She asked me.

I shook my head.

“I’m more than one thing.” She said.

“And because of that I somehow love you.” I told her.

“Be glad you’re too cute too hate.” She said and kissed and my cheek before grabbing my hand and leading me away from the mess of a sight.

I didn’t like it, I wrapped an arm around her waist, then picked her up and held her against my body like when she passed out.

I took off jumping through the trees finding a place to rest. And in those moments when she wrapped her arms around my neck and snuggled into my chest, it was perfect.

She was my ayame. My everything.

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The Meaning Of This Ayame(A Yu Yu Hakusho Hiei Two-Shot Part 1)

I walked down the halls of the office in spirit world lead by one of Koenma’s ogres. I had a bottle of root beer in one hand, sipping it idly as I followed behind him.

“Remind me again why, Koenma wanted to see me on such short notice?” I asked the ogre.

“All he said was that it was important.” He told me wincing a little as if I’d kill him. And with my record in both the spirit and human world, I didn’t blame him.

“Ah, there you two are.” Koenma said as we entered his office. I walked straight up to his desk, making note about the four boys on the side.

“I trust you were shown great hospitality.” He said to me.

I took a final sip from my soda and placed it on one side of his desk, then placed my hands in front of him and leaned forward slightly.

“Alright, shorty, why the hell’d you bring me all the way up here instead of the usual call or video tape?” I snarled at him.

He did his best not to flinch but it was obvious he was sweating.

“I would like you to meet the four boys that you’ll be working with from now on.” He said and motioned to the boys.

“Not a chance in hell.” I pushing off the desk and crossing my arms, “You know I work better alone, and I don’t need four weak, idiots slowing me down.”

“Who are you calling weak?!”

“I’m not stupid!”

“Come here and say that to my face!!”

“I’ll make you eat those words!”

All of them yelled.

“You know why I’m saying no, Koenma.” I told him ignoring their antics, “Why would you even gamble something like this?”

“It was father’s choice.” He admitted, “If it were up to me you’d still be alone, that’s how we both like it. But he wanted to see how the two strongest spirit detectives we have work together. You did just move to a new town after all, right?”

I nodded, and stared cooly under the brim of my baseball cap at them, before turning back to Koenma.

“So the idiot in the green uniform is second strongest to me?” I asked, I heard the one with the orange hair burst out laughing, “Or is it the one with the ugly mug, stupid hair cut, and dorky blue uniform?”

The one in the green burst out laughing.

“How about we settle this another way?” The short one in black suggested.

“What do you have in mind?” I asked knowing this’d be good.

“If you’re so cocky, then the four of us will take you on. I’m sure that’ll show you, that you greatly underestimated us.” He smirked.

I raised my right hand and pointed to the one with orange hair wearing blue,”First to fall.”, I pointed to the one with long red hair, “Your head will nearly come off.” Pointed to the short one, “Your attacks will be turned against you.” And finally pointed to one in green, “You’re going to have internal bleeding.”

“Is that supposed to be a threat?” The orange haired one growled.

I smirked under the brim of my hat, “No, those are promises.”

“G-guys!” Koenma gasped, “Rethink this! It’s not what you really think, fighting-

“Relax, Koenma.” The one in green said, “We got this. Besides it’s about time we made this guy eat his words.”

“But-

“Let’s go.” I sneered.

Koenma sighed, “Ogre, lead them all to the fighting arena. I’ll let my father know what’s going on.”

“Yes sir.” He said and Koenma left.

We followed the ogre to the out door arena. All the while the four of them were glaring holes into my back. We came to it and there was a lot of room. The ogre suddenly bowed deeply. Looking up I saw why.

The lord and Koenma were there.

“So a fight will determine if you go with the team or not?” He asked me.

I nodded, “If I were you I’d keep medics standing by.” I warned.

“It’s true,” The short one said, “I’d hate to go to go to jail for killing you.”

I rolled my eyes and hopped up onto the arena. They followed.

“Go easy on them.” The lord told me, “You know what happened last time.”

I shrugged, “Wouldn’t be the first few I’ve killed.”

“Let’s try to avoid that, please.” Koenma begged as he pouted.

“Yeah,” The orange haired one said, “We’re just gonna make you eat your words!”

All of a sudden his spirit power materialized and became and orange sword. He started swinging it around wildly, I dodged easily. But he kept swinging. I jumped and back flipped narrowly avoiding the short one’s blow.

‘They’re working together.’ I thought.

I flipped again avoiding the red heads rose whip.

“So the idiot in the stupid green uniform is the leader.” I smirked, and flipped out of the way as a fast round ball of spirit power came towards me.

“I just figured this team out.” I said, they all stopped to hear what I had to say.

“The guy in the green is the spirit detective, he’s the leader. The red-head, he’s the brain in the group. He plans things out and keeps his head better than the rest of you and that’s why you need him. The short one is the true muscle. While I’ll admit all of you are stronger than I had first thought, he’s the one who loves the battles. And the guy with the stupid hair cut,”

“Hey! it’s not stupid!” He defended.

“Only reason why he’s here is because he may be of some use to you down the road, that’s what you tell everyone. But the truth is; he’s a friend you don’t want to exclude from your missions. Now, tell me I’m wrong.” I said.

“Let’s shut this guy up.” The one in green growled.

I jumped again avoiding the rose whip. Hit the orange haired on and sent him back into the wall knocking him unconscious. I headed towards the red-head, he flicked his whip in my direction. I grabbed it having it wrap around my right fore arm and pulled him forward, I had the thorns scrap deep against his neck. Gave a bad wound. The short one jumped towards me. I untangled the whip from my arm and deflected his ‘Dragon of the Darkness Flame’ with my left hand. He then came at me with his sword, he swung for where I was. But before he knew it he was staring at the ground, I had his sword through his stomach, I let him drop.

While the one in green was still in shock I ran for him. He tried to use that spirit gun thing again, but I got to him before that. I pressed my right palm up against his stomach and watched as blood came from his mouth and him fall to the ground.

I cracked my knuckles and headed over to the lord and Koenma.

“You killed them!” He screamed.

“They aren’t dead.” I hissed, and he stopped instantly, “They will be if they don’t have medical attention soon. I avoided any and all vitals that they had. They may bleed out soon, but when that happens it’s not my responsibility.”

I turned on my heels and started to walk away, “I’m not teaming up with them.”

“I can make it so you never dance anywhere again.” Koenma tested.

I froze, “You, wouldn’t, dare.” I hissed.

“I would.” He countered.

“You know what’d happen if you did that, right Koenma?” I asked.

“Being killed will be smallest price to pay.” He said, “I can make sure you’ll never dance in this life or the next or any others that follow.”

I growled, “One mission!” I yelled, “That’s it!”

“That’s all I ask.” Lord told me as medics came out, “The ogre will bring you to room, get yourself cleaned up and then we’ll have dinner and discuss this mission the five of you will embark on.”

I rolled my eyes but followed the ogre anyway. He led me to a room and closed the door behind me.

It wasn’t small, but it wasn’t large. It had a large curtain, a vanity with a large mirror, and many boxes. in the middle of the room was a mannequin dressed in a beautiful, purple, sleeveless yukata. There was a note on top of it with my name on it.

This yukata had been cut just for you. Please wear it and feel free to use any and all of the jewelry in the room as you like. And please take your time. -Koenma.

I sighed and put in on the nearest box.

The yukata was beautiful, and looking closer, the mannequin didn’t have much of a chest, or hips for that matter.

I sighed again before pulling my cap off my head and messing up my hair.

No mistaking me for a guy once I put that on. No mistaking me for anything else when I didn’t have my hat on.

My long, light green hair cascaded over my shoulders and down my back, stopping only when it ran out of length where my hips were. I tucked some behind my ears and examined them in the vanity mirror. Six piercings on my right ear, seven on my left.

I assumed that they were enough of a give away that I was a girl. But I guess not. It wasn’t even that I was unattractive or anything.

I had pretty, long hair that was soft to the touch, deep blue eyes that sparkled, almost invisible freckles on my cheeks because they’re so light, and slightly tanned skin.

The only thing was, I had no figure. I was a dancer, I was a fighter, and I was more flexible than the average gymnast. Not to mention my mom never had anything really either. No boobs, no butt, no hips.

And with hand me downs from my older brothers, I never blamed anyone who has mistaken me for a boy.

I sighed again and ran a hand through my hair. A soon as those idiots see me it’s going to be awkward. It was going to be a long supper.

I once again followed the ogre to where ever it was I was going. I looked down at the pretty purple yukata, slits on either side showing my smooth, muscular legs, there was nothing on my left, but my right had intricate purple chains on my thigh a black skull and cross bones at the top of each resting on my hip. Two more skulls with cross-bones on my chest keeping the yukata closed.

My hair was half up with a black ribbon and skull and cross bones comb holding it up.

Other than that, and some black slippers I was told to put on, all I was wearing. And I knew I was unrecognisable.

He led me to a large arch, and motioned for me to go through.

I did and there they sat. Koenma, the lord, and the four idiots from earlier. All of which dressed better than earlier.

Four out of six jaws dropped when I entered.

“I never thought you’d wear it!” Koenma cheered, “And I must say, it looks very good on you.”

I cracked a nervous smiled. I never liked dresses or anything like this, and being around four strange guys, made it all the more awkward.

“Hello there.” The orange haired one said handing me a flower, “I’m Kuwrabara Kazuma, but you can call me husband.”

I sweat dropped.

“So I kick you and your friends asses and you propose.” I said out loud and sighed, “I think your mom should send you in for counseling.”

“B-b-b-but you’re a girl!” He yelled backing up scared.

“And you’re a boy, and the sky is blue, and fish swim, and cows go moo.” I told him, “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“I like strong women.” He said sounding confused.

He was pushed out of the way by the guy who was formally in green.

“You’ll have to excuse this idiot, he thinks any cute girl he sees would want him.” He apologised.

I giggled a little.

“What’s so funny?” He demanded.

“Well,” I said, “If memory serves you wanted me to eat my words, but now you’re calling me cute.”

I started giggling again and he turned red and started stuttering for an answer.

“I’m playing with you.” I smirked as soon as I got bored.

“O-Oh.” He said.

“I’m Kashaykiki Ayame.” I told them, “I’ve already met your friend. Who are the rest of you?”

“Uromeshi Yusuke.” The one in front of me said.

“Call me Kurama.” He red-head told me.

“Hn. Hiei.” The short one told me.

“Hey?” Yusuke and Kuwrabara said leaning over towards me.

“What?” I asked feeling uncomfortable under their gazes.

“Are you sure you’re the guy from earlier?” Yusuke asked.

I nodded, “I’m girl, but yeah.”

“You seem a little flat chested to be a girl.” He said pointing to my chest, “You sure you aren’t a cross dresser or something?”

I irked and kicked him straight through a wall.

I covered my chest with my arms and sat down like I usually do.

“Hey, Kurama you didn’t seem all that surprised when she walked in, how come?” Kuwrabara asked.

“I already knew Ayame-chan was a girl.” He said, then turned to me, “Is chan alright with you?”

I blinked unsure of the question.

“You seem like one of those girls who wouldn’t prefer something like that, so I had to ask.” He justified.

I shrugged, “Just Ayame’s fine.”

“That’s defiantly the guy.” Yusuke said coming back in, “Er, a, girl.”

“Shut up and sit down so we can tell you about the mission!” Koenma yelled, “And Ayame, sit like a lady! You’re dad will kill me if they find out!”

I shrugged, “What they don’t know won’t hurt them.” I told him.

“It’s not them I’m afraid of being hurt.” He mumbled.

We all sat down and the food came in.

“We’ll eat before we talk about your next assignment.” The lord told us.

Without hesitation we piled food high on our plates and dug in. It was noisy, and Yusuke and Kuwrabara continuously fought over who got the last of what.

It was nice though, it reminded me of home.

“Would anyone like dessert?” The lord asked us.

“Screw the hospitality.” I told him, “Tell us why we’re all here, why you want all of us on this mission, and why the hell you wanted me in this dress.”

“The dress is easy.” Koenma told me, “We wanted the spirit detective team to see that they will be teaming up with a girl instead of that extremely rough and tough boy with a record.”

I sighed, “Fine now the other questions.” I nearly hissed.

“It’s simple.” The lord told us, “What we’re about to put all seven of you through-

“Wait seven?” Yusuke asked.

He and Koenma laughed lightly.

“I suppose we should bring them in, shouldn’t we father?” Koenma said.

“I suppose so, son.” He replied.

The lord motioned for someone to come in, and a girl with blue hair and pink eyes wearing a pink kimono walked in, she seemed bubbly.

“Hey, Botan you’re coming on this mission to.” Yusuke said.

She nodded, “Our lord here thought it would be best if I went so that there wasn’t only one girl.”

“You said seven, I count six.” Hiei nearly hissed.

“Nice observations there shorty!” A familiar voice shot behind me, “But I figured instead of observing numbers we’d all be too wrapped up in the lady with the pretty dress. She’s grown up quite a bit since I last saw her. Haven’t you, Ayame-chan?”

“Nice too see you too, Kyotu.” I told him not turning to look.

He sighed, “No regular greetings for your favorite grim reaper?” He asked sitting on the table in front of me to my right.”

“Do you really want me to kick you out of spirit world, through demon world, and have you land somewhere in the human world?” I asked.

“Now there’s the Ayame I remember.” He teased, “You might have grown up, but you haven’t filled out.”

I irked as he laughed, “I’m warning you, Kyotu.” I told him, “One more and it’ll only be six.”

He froze and sat down next to me.

“That’s the Ayame I know.” He said, “So, you gonna explain this mission now, Sir?”

“I was about to, but you decided to play one of our spirit detectives like you usually do.” He told him.

“I’m so sorry sir, but who wouldn’t mess with her when she’s in a dress?” He asked.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a death wish.” Koenma told him.

“All of you will be heading down to the pits of demon world.” He said, “There is a cave there that I have been told will bring Ayame’s power to what they should truly be.”

“You mean,” Kuwrabara swallowed, “She wasn’t before hand?”

“Don’t try to flatter yourself.” I told him, “I only used about ten percent of all my power to take all of you down.”

I knew that struck a nerve with all of them.

“What else?” I asked.

“Then all of you will head down to the last floor of demon world.” He said, “There, there is a demon that goes by the name Nagitie. Find him, and it will be Ayame’s job to kill him.”

“Wait!” Yusuke interrupted, “All of this is about her, so why don’t you send just her and leave us alone?”

“Because of what’s going to happen when she enters that cave, baka!” Koenma yelled, “Oops.”

“What’s going to happen?” I asked calmly.

“What we think is going to happen, is you’re going to get your full power.” The lord told me, “And when that happens we understand that you’ll go through large amounts of pain to get it. We don’t know how long it will go on for, nor do we know what to expect from it. But what we do know is that when you get it, Ayame, you will be at least ten times more powerful than you are now. And that’s what we need you to be at.”

“Now why do I need them?” I asked motioning to the boys.

“We have the understanding that when you come out you will most likely need to sleep to recover for a few days.” He told us, “And we also figured that since Hiei and Kurama know the demon forests so well they could navigate.”

“And all of this goes back to, Ayame.” Yusuke spat again, “What’s in it for us?”

“The well-being of your world.” Koenma said, “Unless Nagitie can be stopped, all of the human and spirit world will cease to exist as we know it.”

“Also meaning everyone we know too.” He said.

It was quiet for a moment, all of us thinking about who it would be if I can’t stop Nagitie.
For Yusuke; his mom, Keiko, Koenma, Botan, Kwrabara, the rest of his friends.
For Kurama; his mother, his father, his brother, his school, all his friends.
For Kuwrabara; his mom, his sister, Yukina, his friends.
I was thinking about; my dad, my brothers, zooroo.

A hand slamming down on the table brought us out of our thoughts.

“What are we waiting for then?!” Yusuke yelled, “Let’s get going!”

“It’s not your mission idiot!” Koenma told him, “All of this is up to Ayame. If she doesn’t want to go through with this then no one can blame her. Besides she’s a hell of a lot more powerful than you’ll ever be! Plus she’s been doing this since she was eleven! Now she’s fourteen! If she doesn’t want to do this no one can force her! It’s going to be dangerous after all, and maybe she just doesn’t want to do it!”

“How many times have you known me to back down from a mission, Koenma?” I asked him.

He froze, not saying a word.

“The only thing I’d want to vanish in any world is my record.” I told him, “I have just as much at stake as anyone else and I’m the only one who can do this. I accept. But there’s one condition.”

“What’s that?” The lord asked.

“Zooroo comes with us.” I told him.

Everyone looked completely clueless.

He smiled, “Would like me to contact your family as well?”

“After we leave.” I told him, “Just tell them that if I don’t come back I love them all, and no one touches my closet or I’m coming back to haunt them.”

“That was touching ’til the closet part.” Kyotu laughed.

“Keep it up, Kyotu.” I told, “Just keep it up and I’ll send you to tell it to them personally.”

He laughed nervously and moved away slightly.

“Alright.” The lord said, “I want all of you to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be off in the morning.”

“And Zooroo?” I asked.

“I’ll send for him.” He said.

Ogres came in and cleared the table, others lead us to our rooms for the night.

I had my own because I was a girl and Botan shared with other female grim reapers.

When I stepped in the closet door was wide open and full of cloths that not only fit me but were also to my taste.

I showered and slipped on a large t-shirt and yoga pants. I was sitting at the vanity that was there brushing my hair out, when there was a knock at my door.

I opened it and something purple mauled my face and chest. When I pulled it off there was Zooroo.

“Arigotto.” I said to the ogre that delivered him to me.

“Don’t mention it.” He said and walked away. I closed the door and held him close.

Zooroo was my spirit demon that lead me back to my body when I died. He was light purple with mouse like ears, had a rabbit shaped body, kangaroo like tail, black eyes, and tiger like paws.

“I missed you Zooroo.” I said as I placed him down on the bed and sat on the floor looking at him.

“Roo!” Was his reply as he licked my face lightly. I giggled.

“Come on, Zooroo.” I told him, “Help me pack we’ll have a big day a head of us tomorrow.”

“Zoo zoo roozoo!”

I giggled again as I headed to the closet.

Hiei’s pov.

I sat on the window looking out to the night. I was heading back to the demon world with an onna that could kill me easy. But she doesn’t seem like the type. And what did she mean when she said her ‘record’ to disappear?

I’ll never understand humans and their ways, especially not human onnas.

“Shouldn’t you pack somethings, Hiei?” Kurama asked me.

“Hn, why should I?” I asked, “I have everything I need.”

“A small bag can come in handy.” He told me, “Koenma told us too do it as it was.”

“And you’re going to follow that insufferable child’s orders?” I asked.

“I’m packing what will come in handy.” He told me, “If you we smart you’d do that too.”

“I haven’t the need for such things.” I told him.

He nodded, “Suit yourself.”

“You know human terms better than I do, correct?” I asked.

“What do you need to know?” He asked.

“What is a ‘record’?” I asked.

He thought for a moment.

“Depending on how you look at it.” He said, “A record could be a way of playing music in your house with a certain system to play it. They sound quite wonderful, actually.”

“And the way that onna was using it in?” I asked.

He smiled, “It appears to me, Ayame-chan has a criminal record in the human world. A record in that case would be a list of this and that a person has done against the law. She has a criminal record, and she wants it gone.”

I nodded, “Now, what’s a ‘zooroo’?” I asked. That was one I could never understand.

“I’m afraid you have me there.” Kurama admitted, “Perhaps you should ask her about it in the morning.”

“Hn.” I replied.

So she’s a criminal. I thought, she’s strong, and she isn’t have bad with looks. But she’s a human.

–The Next Morning– Ayame’s pov.

I stood outside where the portal to demon world was going to be opened tying my boot. Zooroo was next to me along with a small backpack.

“So you have some kind of criminal record?” Hiei asked from behind me.

I stood up straight.

“Yeah, so what?” I asked him.

“And you want it disappear?” He asked.

I sighed, “All the charges I got we dropped, but for some reason whenever someone gets beat up I get hauled down to the police station and questioned.”

“Acused for crimes you didn’t comite?” He asked.

“Most of them were charges of assault and battery.” I told him, “All of those I did, a few guys walk up to me. Start teasing and picking a fight underestimating me, thinking I’m an average girl. They get beaten black and blue go and cry home to their moms who want to take it to court. Day before the trial begins the guys don’t want to press charges anymore, but it still goes on my record.”

“Now what the hell’s a ‘zooroo’?” I heard Yusuke ask coming out with everyone else.

I adjusted my hat and picked up my back pack. Zooroo jumped into my arms, I turned around and showed them smiling.

“This is Zooroo.” I told them.

They sweat dropped.

“No way is that purple puff ball going with us.” Hiei commented.

Zooroo jumped out of my arms and I took half a step back. He grew into a large demon half the size of the lord. He rawred and bared his razor sharp teeth at all of them. The wind coming from Zooroo as he rwared nearly sent them all flaying backwards.

He then instantly shrunk back to his cute portable sized Zooroo shape.

“I stand corrected.” Hiei said.

“They always are.” I told him picking Zooroo up again.

“What is this guy anyway?” Kwrabara asked taking a closer look at him.

“He’s my spirit demon.” I told him, “He guided me back to my body when I died. Like Yusuke’s did him.”

I paused for a second, “Where is your spirit demon anyway?” I asked.

“I gave up the egg to save a friend of mine.” He said, “So Koenma gave me another chance.”

I nodded, “That shining kiss thing, right?” I asked.

He nodded, “How’d you know?”

“Over the past three years, in my free time I came up here to learn more about demons, and ways people become spirit detectives and all that stuff.”

“You’ve been at this three years?” He asked.

I nodded, “It’s been fun.”

“I hardly count killing demons, saving the world, and having teachers yell at you fun.” He groaned.

I shrugged, “I have a bit of a different life then you.” I told him.

“Are we all ready for this new mission?” Koenma asked walking out with the spirit defence force.

We all just kinda shrugged.

“I want all of you to take a communicator.” He said and an oger held out a tray of them.

“They’ve been upgraded, and the shape changed, not to mention now they come in a variety of colours.” He said, “These will help you keep in contact in case you split up or get lost. Honing chips so you can tell where each other is, and a multi way video chat.”

“Impressive.” I told him.

Yusuke grabbed the blue one, Kuwrabara the orange one, Hiei chose black, Kurama red, Botan pink, Kyotu yellow, and I had green.

“Please be careful.” He said to us, “I don’t want to lose two spirit detectives at once.”

“Quite whinning.” I told him, “We’ll save the world, keep each other safe, and you’ll be able to rest easy.”

“Some how your words don’t comfort me anymore, Ayame.” He said.

“We’ll be back later junior, take a nap in the mean time.” Yusuke told him.

“Sir, the portals ready.” One of the officers told him.

He nodded, “Thank you. Be careful.”

We all waved and jumped through the portal to the demon world.

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

“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.