Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Misplaced Sukima P-4

At Gensokyo, Yorihime ventured into the Bamboo Forest of the Lost and was reunited with Reisen, Kaguya and Eirin, however Eirin kept insisting that due to her knowledge of their whereabouts, she had to stay on in Gensokyo, so Yorihime, feeling quite bitter, left the premises saying that it was an illusion due to battle exhaustion. After returning to the shrine, Yukari warned Reimu about the dangers of their plans to enter Makai, but Reimu already knew, so Yukari hastily leaves, taking Sakuya, who had just been accepted to join the Makai infiltration party, to unknown whereabouts. At Makai, Shinki told Ail and Maribel the story of what had happened last time Reimu was there, getting depressed in the process. Ail and Maribel did their best to cheer her up, which somehow ended in Maribel gaining the ability to fly after some light that came from Shinki's hands passed on to her.

After crashing a few more times inside the palace, Mai, Yuki, Luize, Yumeko and Shinki decide to take Maribel outside before she either hurts herself, or destroys the palace. Ail quietly follows them out while Yumeko kept turning about and glares at him. He ignores her and just continues looking elsewhere while following them. Immediately outside, Maribel lifts off with a "WEEEE~" and starts to fly around. "It's been a while since we fooled around like that... I think I'm joining her" said Yuki immediately following Maribel, and flying around for fun. Mai rubs her forehead saying in an undertone "such a child", then Luize follows as well, all three giggling and laughing while they fly around, twirling around each other, almost crashing a few times. Yumeko kept glaring at Ail, and now Ail was starting to get a bit irritated by this, however he just looks away and tries to ignore her. Shinki was too distracted by the three flying girls to notice anything else.

Just after the three girls finally stop and come down, Mai approaches Ail. "So, I hear you are quite powerful" said Mai to Ail. Ail raises his sight to meet hers as she says "would you like a little friendly mach?" At first Ail kept quiet and just looked back, but then he smiles, forgetting all about Yumeko and says "well, as long as it's just a friendly match, I don't mind." Suddenly Yuki shouts "AWESOME! Can I join!?" Mai slaps her forehead just as Maribel says "Ooh, I wanna join too!" Ail looks at her surprised and says "but Maribel... you don't have that much power... you might get hurt." Maribel simply smiles, then Mai says "Let's make this interesting. Me and Maribel against you and Yuki. What do you say?" Before Ail says anything, Yuki wraps her arm around his neck and says "of course we accept. Get ready to lose, sis!" Ail thinks "Great... now Maribel's gonna get hurt and Reimu is gonna blame ME!" The three girls fly above the large lake and get into position. Ail stretches a bit and just before he lifts off, Yumeko grabs him by the neck of his cloak and says "you watch it, mister! You harm a single one of those girls and I'll have your neck!" Ail glares back and forcefully pushes Yumeko's hand off from his cloak. "Listen you--!!!" shouts Ail, but he just stops, sighs and flies away quite irritated. When he arrives, Maribel immediately notices his face and asks "mister Ail!? What's the matter?" Ail takes a deep breath and says "nothing... it's nothing really" and then smiles as he usually does.

All four float above the lake, ready to start their little game. It was Ail and Yuki vs. Mai and Maribel. Mai faces Ail while Yuki faces Maribel. Shinki was alongside Luize, sitting by the palace entrance and watching their little game, while Yumeko would serve them some tea and cookies. Mai shouts "ok, the first team to be knocked out or admit defeat loses! Any questions?" Ail says "short, simple and easy to understand" then Yuki and Ail say at the same time "let's get it on!" and the game starts. Ail and Mai fly around as if they were synchronized, Mai shooting chunks of ice, while Ail shot small white energy balls at her. They stop and separate then start shooting at each other once more, each shot crashing against one another, then they continue to fly around and shooting. Maribel and Yuki looked as though they were just dancing around in the air, then Maribel shoots various pink energies shaped like hearts at Yuki, who dodges them, smiles and says "not bad. I don't know why Ail was so worried about you. You're like a little power bomb... WHOA!" Yuki ducks just as some hearts fly right above her head, then Maribel giggles and says "sorry~" then continues to shoot. Yuki shoots a few small fireballs toward Maribel, but she just starts to dance in the air, dodging the shots, then giggles and flies away, Yuki shouting "hey, no running!" then Maribel shouts back "I'm not running!" Yuki scratches her head and says "oh... that's right" then chases her, shooting more small fireballs her way. Ail and Mai continue to fly around almost synchronized, firing at each other, each shot crashing against the other, then Mai stops and smiles "heh heh, not bad for a human like you. I guess I don't need to hold back with you." Ail smiles and says "glad to know." Mai shines for a bit and her small angel wings turn to large white demon wings. Ail was quite impressed saying "whoa, not bad. I most certainly was NOT expecting that to happen." Mai smirks and says "heh- Let's play some more." Both Ail and Mai are now flying so fast that Luize is having trouble keeping up with them, while Yuki and Maribel keep dancing around, shooting randomly at each other.

Mai suddenly stops following Ail, and he stops as well after realizing she was just floating at the moment. There was now plenty of room between them. Mai smiles at him, then smirks, and suddenly she shoots a small laser beam, moving it to wherever he went, however she couldn't move it fast enough, so she suddenly started shooting some thick blue beams that follow him wherever he was. While dodging her laser, Ail dodges the blue beams, but they just come back after him. "Whoa. Those are seekers!" shouted Ail as he speeds up, the blue beams behind him. Mai smiles and continues to try and nail him with her laser, but he goes straight to her, leading the two seeking blue beams straight at her. She dodges just in time shouting "WHOA! Hey, that's cheating!" The blue beams stopped following Ail and just vanish. Ail smiles at Mai saying "not bad at all. Let's see if you can keep that up." then starts shooting at her with his own homing lasers and focused blasts. Yuki started shooting larger fireballs at Maribel, who simply twirls in the air, avoiding the massive shots and shooting many pink hearts all around. Because of her twirling around the hearts spin as they fly toward Yuki at great speeds. Yuki has some trouble dodging the hearts, yelping, squeaking, shrieking and shouting as she dodged. "Whoa! I'm gonna have to us my best to beat you after all!" said Yuki, ducking just as a heart flies just above her head. She concentrates, which startle Maribel who asks "Yuki? A-are you alright? Are you hurt?" Suddenly Yuki smiles and starts shooting large fireballs in arcs, followed by fiery arrows. Maribel shrieks and starts flying away, dodging as best she could. One of the fires touches the bottom of her dress, singing it a little, then Maribel turns around and start shooting again, blasting the fires out of the skies then shouting "hey, you almost burn my dress... EEP!" She flies away once more once she sees the large barrage of fireball arcs headed her way.

Maribel and Mia regroup, followed shortly by Yuki and Ail. Yuki raises her left arm in the air shouting "YEAH! We're winning!" Mai and Maribel huddle, Ail and Yuki wondering what was going on. "We better do something, or we're going to lose, and I don't want to lose to Yuki!" whispers Mai. Maribel giggles and says "how about we surprise them. Switch opponents?" Mai smirks and says "I like the way you think. Alright, let's catch them off-guard!" Yuki looks at them then says "he~y, if you're gonna bore us to submission, just say so already!" Mai and Maribel break up and position themselves to face their opponents; Maribel facing Yuki and Mai facing Ail. Suddenly they both lunge toward their opponents, readying their magic. Yuki and Ail stance in a defensive manner, waiting for their opponent's moves, but very suddenly, Mai and Maribel switch opponent while in mid-air and shoot at them, catching them off-guard, Maribel landing a few hearts on Ail, and Mai nailing Yuki on her chest. Three hearts pass right above Ail's head, then suddenly an indigo colored gap opens just behind Yuki as Mai's shots land on her chest once more, sending her into the gap which closes just as Ail tries to grab her arm. "YUKI!" shouts Ail. Maribel gasps while Mai shouts "Shit! Yuki! What happened!? Yuki!" Down below, Yumeko grits her teeth, Luize covers her mouth with her hand saying "oh my... what just happen?" and Shinki's eyes fill with tears. She immediately gets up and flies toward Ail, her face in shock, her lips trembling. Yumeko follows after a bit. Ail had opened another gap and was looking inside, hoping to find Yuki, but the gap was red in color, and inside was nothing but darkness as far as he could see.

As soon as Ail closes the gap, he realizes Shinki was right in front of him. He immediately noticed the concern and fear on her face. Before he could say anything, she grabs him by his neck and shouts "what happened to my Yuki!? What did you do to her!!?" Ail gasps for air and somehow manages to say "please... it was... an accident...!" Shinki suddenly grows 6 large violet demon wings with red markings on them, as well as releasing countless dark energy balls. She lets go of Ail and flies higher, then starts to summon immense amounts of power to her. Yumeko grabs Maribel and Mai, then pulls them back down. Ail was sensing the power that Shinki was about to unleash and rushes to her shouting "NO~! Lady Shinki, don't! Calm down!" She suddenly begins shooting at Ail countless fire spikes, lasers, and black energy balls, all using intense amounts of energy. Just as Ail reaches her, his "Light Sign, Holy Dance" spell card activates on it's own, surrounding Ail and Shinki in a white energy ball that stops Shinki's own shots inside of it. Yumeko panics and shouts "LADY SHINKI!!!" Luize starts to sweat and says "This is not good! They are both using too much power." Yumeko was pacing desperately looking for someway to stop them, then she stops. Luize, Maribel, Mai and Yumeko look inside the ball of light and saw Shinki and Ail hugging each other tenderly, holding on tightly. They all blush, Yumeko gulping loudly and quietly saying "lady... Shinki?" Inside the ball of light, Ail and Shinki were so scared, they where trembling violently. They both hold each other, trembling in fear and Shinki shouting "what's going on!?" and Ail at the same time shouts "what's happening here!?" Yumeko was getting angry and shouts "that PERVERT!" Maribel gasps and then flies up, getting close to the white sphere, then she shoots one of her own hearts, and the white sphere disappears almost immediately. Ail and Shinki both fall unconscious, so Yumeko and Luize fly up fast to catch them, Yumeko heading straight toward her mistress, Luize catching Ail by the back of his cloak.

Once back down, Shinki and Ail regain consciousness almost at the same time. Yumeko lifts her mistress and hugs her tight shouting "Lady Shinki! Oh I'm so glad your alright! Did he do anything to you!?" Yumeko lets go of Shinki who just moans a little then asks "what...?" Yumeko then continues shouting "did he touch anything!? What did that pervert do!? Ooh, if that depraved monster did anything to you, I'm going to KILL HIM!" Shinki was rubbing her head and asks "Yumeko... what are you talking about?" Ail sits up and groans a bit, rubbing his own head and saying "what's all the noise about?" Yumeko grabs him by his shoulders and shakes him violently, shouting "you PERVERT! What did you to do my lady Shinki!? Give back her innocence, you perverted monster!" As soon as she stops shaking him, Ail growls pushing her away and shouts "Who the HELL are you calling a PERVERT!?" Ail suddenly realizes everyone, even Maribel was looking at him with accusing eyes. Shinki was still sitting in a daze, rubbing her head and trying to compose herself. Mai then says "not only did you kill Yuki, but you then force yourself on our lady! We will never forgive you!" Ail gets up and backs away turning pale for a moment, then his face start turning red with rage then says "what's the MATTER with you!? Maribel, you too?" Maribel looks down and says "I'm sorry... but we saw you holding Shinki real close to you and..." then Yumeko interrupts Maribel shouting "you are just a pervert that came to destroy us all. You wanted to have your way with our lady before you finished her off. Yeah, it all makes sense! That's how perverts like you think!" Ail grits his teeth and says "I am not a PERVERT!" He soon realizes that all but Shinki and Maribel were glaring at him. His face turns red then he shouts "for YOUR information, Yuki is ALIVE AND WELL and in... gah, never mind. You can all just go to HELL for all I care!" and he then flies away with such force, he pushes Luize and Yumeko back a bit, and all that could be seen was a beam of light getting away.

Early noon at Gensokyo, The Forest of Magic, inside Marisa's house. Marisa was sitting on a desk with some books, a pen and some ink and just thinking. She was only wearing a white sleeveless shirt and her drawers while she studied, when she suddenly heard an explosion coming from the Bamboo Forest. She looks out the window and sees Yorihime and Mokou fighting above the bamboo. She smiles and says "ah, something fun, ze!" She rushes to the attic and dresses in her usual black and white witch get-up then heads to the front door. Just outside her house, and indigo gap opens up and from inside come Yuki, landing almost perfectly, if it wasn't for a small twig that makes her trip. "Ow~" shouts Yuki. She looks around thinking "wow... so green. Wait... this isn't my home. I wonder where I am?" She gets up and continues to look around, spotting Marisa's house. She heads to the door thinking "might as well ask someone where I am." Just as she was about to knock on the door, Marisa opens it and both look at each other in the eyes. Marisa and Yuki both looks at each other surprised, then at the same time, Marisa raises her left hand, while Yuki raises her right at the same time, then they lower their hands at the same time and stick their tongues out. Marisa thinks "A mirror?" as Yuki thinks at the same time "a spell?" Marisa and Yuki both lift up their skirts for a second, then pull them back down at the same time, then they start posing and look at each other from behind, then turn around again, tucking in their stomachs, and turning side-ways. Yuki asks "wow... am I really that flat chested?" then at the same Marisa asks "do I really look this old!?" At the same time they point at each other, Yuki with her right hand, Marisa with her left and both say "HEY!" then Marisa asks "who are you calling flat-chested!?" and at the same time Yuki asks "who are you calling old!?" Both drop their fingers saying "huh?" then finally Marisa pokes hard on Yuki's forehead. Yuki flinches and says "HEY! That was rude!" then Marisa gets shocked saying "whoa, she's real!"

Back at Makai at late noon Ail had stopped far away from the palace and sat under the same dry tree where he and Maribel slept on their first night in there. He was sitting there, just grumbling and mumbling to himself, then he turns and launches a punch to the tree, making his fist bleed. When he pulls his fist out of the hole he had just made on the tree and noticing the blood, he looks at his knuckles and says "great!" As he starts pulling off the few splinters he mumbles "calling me a pervert... and Yuki... and she's not dead... dammit, I'm not a pervert!" Soon after he started to fall asleep. Quietly from behind, just as he closes his eyes, Yumeko lands and quietly approaches him thinking "I'll make you pay for disgracing my lady with your blood." She pulls out a dagger with a golden hilt and positions it to stab Ail as he slept. She lunges the blade straight at the back of his neck, but she is suddenly stopped. Ail had grabbed her arm just in time and using his blood he slips the dagger off from Yumeko's hand. He lets her go and she backs away. Glaring menacingly at her Ail says "this is what you wanted, right!? Let's fight here and now, no holding back! The winner goes home, the loser dies." Yumeko smiles and says "brave of you, but very foolish. I promise to make you pay for all the damage you have caused, you depraved monster." Ail lunges toward Yumeko with the dagger in his hand and shouting "you insolent BITCH! Stop calling me a PERVERT!" He almost caught Yumeko off guard, but she managed to teleport herself away just in time. Ail pulls the dagger from the ground and says "if you're scared, then GO HOME and LEAVE-ME-ALONE!" Yumeko appears a few feet behind Ail and says "I see you weren't kidding after all." She pulls out four dagger in each hand and says "fine. When I go home, I'll tell Maribel you fell in battle, cowering at the feet of your enemy." Ail smirks and says "you talk too much!" and lunges directly at her, holding on to the dagger he stole from her and clashing it against the daggers on her hand so hard, sparks few off from the blades.

Back at Marisa's house in Gensokyo, after knocking on Marisa's door for about an hour, Yuki is finally let inside. "So your name is Yuki? Sounds familiar... have we ever met?" asks Marisa. Yuki looks at her in shock and says "well of COURSE we met, miss Marisa. At Makai, remember? There was another girl with me. She was wearing white!" Marisa snaps her fingers, points at Yuki and says "of course, Makai, ze! So how are things in there?" Yuki thinks for a bit and says "well, after you provoked lady Shinki, it's been a bit of a mess, but it's actually ok in there." Marisa sweats and says "Oh... heh, glad to hear that. Um... so how is it you ended here in Gensokyo again?" Yuki sighs loudly and says "I told you, I don't know. One minute I was with Ail having a blast, then all of a sudden I'm in the wrong end of an ice barrage and then I end up here." Marisa widens her eyes and asks "you were with Ail? Brown, messy hair, brownish-gold eyes, violet shirt, black pants, brown boots and brown cloak?" Yuki nods saying "yes, yes, that's him. Oh, but his cloak was sky blue, not brown." Marisa scratches her head and says "huh... another wardrobe change. Well, you must tell Reimu what you know..." Yuki twitches and says "Re-...Reimu?" Marisa smiles and says "sure. Aww, don't worry, ze. She's not that mean once you get to know her. Oh... but before we go see Reimu, there's someone else you just HAVE to visit." Marisa puts on her hat and grabs her broom saying "come on! Let's go." Yuki follows Marisa outside and just as Marisa closes the door, they both fly up, Yuki saying "my nose itches. Will you scratch it?" then Marisa replies "no way, ze!"

Back at Makai, it was already dark. Yumeko and Ail continued their battle. Both were cut and bruised all over, their clothes stained with blood. Ail had one dagger in each hand, using them to defend against Yumeko's barrage of flying daggers. Ail lunges at Yumeko, but she dodges just in time with a twirl, however she gets another cut on her left arm. Yumeko immediately shoots a dagger to Ail, stabbing him on his left thigh. Ail pulls it off and smiles at her as they size each other. Yumeko pulls out two more daggers and holds them downward. They both lunge toward each other, clashing their daggers, sending out sparks as they did, Ail looking fiercely at Yumeko, whom continues to glare at him. They back away, making their daggers send out spark as they did, then Yumeko starts shooting two blue lasers at Ail, accompanied by a rain of blue knives and white energy balls. As Ail dodged, she surrounded him with daggers, all launching at him from all sides. All around, even on his head, Ail was covered with knives, his blood spilling all over the ground as he fell. Breathing heavily, Yumeko gets close to his body and says "I guess *pant* that I'm *pant* the winner!" She inspects his body closely, but then Ail suddenly wakes up, blasting her with one of his focused shots on her face. "ARGH!" Yumeko holds her face and shouts "You bastard! I can't see!" Ail takes all the daggers off from his body, then promptly pulls the two on his head off. Somehow, he summons his "Blast Sign, Expansion that Soothes" spell without using a spell card, then quietly gets closer to her. Yumeko desperately tries to get up shouting "where are you, you COWARD! Gah... when I get my hands on you... ARGH!!" Ail got close enough to blast some of the energy balls around him, absorbing Yumeko's energy as the orange energy balls impacted her, exploding on contact. Ail wounds vanish as the energy balls continue to explode on Yumeko's back, up until the very last one explodes. Yumeko was trembling on the ground, trying to get up, but she could barely keep her eyes open. Ail kicks her side, turning her around so she faces him. She was barely breathing, her face burnt and cut, blood trickling from the corner of her mouth. "Go ahead..." she narrowly opens her eyes and weakly says "kill... kill me already." Ail kneels beside her and grabs one of her daggers. The sounds of impalement echoes all around, accompanied by strong gusts of wind that carry the horrible sound straight to Pandemonium, right back to Shinki.

Late noon in Gensokyo. Before landing, Marisa looks back to the Bamboo forest and says "ah, it seems things have settled down over there, ze. Oh well." Yuki just smiles as she stares at Marisa. They both land next to a large white house. Marisa covers her mouth as she chuckles and says "she's gonna get the surprise of her LIFE." Yuki scratches the side of her head, wondering what was Marisa talking about, but just shrugs and follows Marisa to the door. She knocks loud and shouts "Oy~! We came to play, daze!" From inside an annoyed girl's voice says "What do you want, Marisa. I'm busy!" Marisa shouts back "just come out already! There's someone you just HAVE to meet, zei~!" The girl from inside opens the door while saying "look, if this is another one of your games I'm gonna..." As soon as she opened the door, she looks at the two girls and gets a shock. She points at both and says "err... did you duplicate yourself?" "Alice!?" asks Yuki, sounding very surprised. Alice looks at her and says "well of course I'm Alice! For a double, you're not very smart, are you?" Marisa chuckles and says "that's not a double. Don't you recognize her?" Alice looks steadily at Yuki, then all of a sudden she shrieks, her hair standing on ends, then she rushes back to the door and slams it hard behind her. Marisa start to laugh hard, while Yuki says "Alice! It's me. It's Yuki! Don't you remember me!?" From inside Alice shouts "this is a dream, JUST A DREAM! You are not real!" Marisa was now laughing to the point of tears and rolling on the ground, holding her sides. Yuki sounding a bit disappointed says "aww come on. It's really me. I came from Makai through some sort of weird portal." Alice shouts "I'm not listening. This is all a lie!" Once Marisa calms down, she grabs Yuki by her shoulder and points back with her thumb saying "come on, I know another way inside." and both Marisa and Yuki enter through a window and look at Alice, who was barring the door with her body, looking out the window and shaking in her boots. Yuki looks at her with wonder, then says "wow, Alice, you sure have grown, huh?" Alice jumps in place, twitching as she turns her now blue face toward Yuki, then she starts to tremble more violently while Marisa giggles and says "hah hah, just stop that and serve us some tea or something, will ya?"

Flying above the dark night skies of Makai is Ail, carrying a semi-conscious Yumeko on his back and talking to her non-stop on the way. "...and honestly, I could have had my way with you just now, but why didn't I? Oh, that's right! I'm NOT a pervert! I'm not perfect, but I'm not a 'depraved monster' as you so kindly called me either. That really hurt, you know?" Yumeko twitches a bit and moans then Ail says "about what happened between me and Shinki. It's hard to explain. I wasn't 'forcing my way' on her. We just panicked and just held on to each other. Nothing else. This is hard to explain, but while we were being surrounded by our energies like that, our minds sort of... drifted away. We saw that Yuki had landed in Gensokyo, and that she's with Marisa and Alice. Hey, that reminds me; what's with lady Shinki and Alice? When she saw her, she started to call out to her, asking if she was doing ok amongst other things. Sort of like a mother." Yumeko lifts her index and lets it drop, softly tapping on Ail's shoulder, then he says "right... sorry, forgot you're barely conscious back there. You know, you're lucky I was able to summon my 'Energy that Soothes' again, or you might REALLY be in trouble. Oh look... we're here." Ail lands softly right in front of the gates of Pandemonium where Shinki was waiting for them. Wrapping Yumeko's arm around his neck, Ail helps her to walk to the gates. Shinki gasps when she gets a good look at both of them. Their clothes torn, bloodstains all over them, cut marks, open wounds. Ail's left eye had a small cut that started bleeding just as he was flying, and Yumeko had a gash on her arm that not even Ail's healing spell could close. "It's alright" said Ail as he looked at Shinki's worried expression. "I was able to heal the more lethal wounds." Just then, Luize and Mai come from inside and gently take Yumeko from Ail. He stood just outside the gates and looked on, then Shinki turns around and asks "aren't you coming?" Ail shakes his head then Shinki says "but I already explained everything. Are you sure about this?" Luize and Mai stop and listen to the conversation, but they wouldn't turn around. Shinki tried to insist, but Ail wouldn't even smile as he said in a very serious tone "a 'pervert' like me should stay away, don't you think?" Shinki gets closer to him saying "don't say foolish things like that. Come on, it's alright, really!" Ail just looks at Shinki and wouldn't say a word. He turns around and just before he leaves Shinki tells him "then please, after you calm down, remember that you are welcome here." Ail turns his head and forces a half smile, then gestures a farewell with his hand and says "please take good care of Maribel while I'm gone" then flies away toward the lake. Shinki nods as he leaves, then sighs and slowly turns around then heads back inside. The large doors close behind her as she said "alright, let's take care of Yumeko. First let's get her to her room and bandage those wounds properly." Luize and Mai let out some tears, which Shinki notice, getting in front of them and smiling. "It's ok. I'm sure he'll forgive you after he calms down a bit. Let's just give him some time." Luize and Mai smile and continue to carry Yumeko to her room alongside their lady Shinki. Yumeko was trying to smile as well, but wasn't able to show her mistress, making her drop a blood-stained tear to the crystal floor.

Night time. Sakuya and Yukari pop out from inside one of her gaps into a large dark grassy field. Sakuya looks around and from a distance she notices many lights, some moving in pairs, other lighting steadily inside and outside tall buildings made of stone and glass. She sees a large monstrous metallic worm running through a stone path, making a loud squeaking sound as it stopped, and many humans getting on and off the creature. After a while of looking around, Sakuya shakes her head and realizes she was looking at a train. "W-what is this? Yukari, why did you bring me here? Oh, this will inconvenience my lady!" Yukari shushes her and with purpose in her voice she says "I need your help. We need to find Kyo and bring him back to Gensokyo with us." Sakuya looks at Yukari quite surprised and asks "Kyo!? What for? Yukari, are you planing something again?" Yukari covers her mouth with her fan and says "fu fu fu, not necessarily. We need him to go look for Ail, and since you'll be part of the search party, you are the perfect candidate to help me find him." Sakuya looks around nervously so Yukari grabs her shoulders and says "don't worry. I won't leave you here, I promise. We'll have to split up, though." Sakuya nods and just before Yukari leaves she asks "where can I find you?" Yukari looks at Sakuya casually and says "don't worry. I'll find YOU" then gets inside one of her gaps, disappearing in a second. Sakuya looks around and notices a dimly lit building in the distance. At first she though nothing of it, but something told her to head that way, and so she does.

After arriving at the building, she jumps the fence with ease and heads inside, however she quickly realizes the group of 7 thugs headed her way. They quickly surround her, laughing and cackling. "Hey beautiful, are you lost?" said one of the thugs. "We can show you the way back, but, uh... it's gonna cost you." Sakuya wouldn't even glare at them and just stood quietly. "What is it beautiful? Cat got your tongue?" One of the bigger looking thugs gets close to her and places his hand on her shoulder saying "don't worry baby, we'll make sure you have a really good-- urk!" Sakuya has elbowed his stomach, then grabbed his hand and sent him flying straight to a wall, making a large opening into the building. The other thugs get surprised, but quickly they growl while the leader says "you just made the worse mistake of your life, sweetheart. You're gonna have to pay now." The remaining 6 thugs launch at her with chains, knifes and bats with nails on them. Sakuya flips, kicks, punches, shoots knives, kicks again, then just stands right where she was. The thugs float in mid-air for a second, then suddenly they all fall down, bruised, cut and with knives stabbed on various parts of their bodies. Sakuya continues to walk into the building and casually says "thanks, but I'm in a hurry now." and enters the building.

Inside the building,s he saw many rusted machines, old boxes and broken wooden platforms. Everything was very quiet. Sakuya just stands for a minute, just looking around, then she flies up to one of the higher platforms to get a better look, but before reaching, she hears a very familiar voice shouting "HAAA~~! Time to end this!" She gets on to the platform and looks down, spotting Kyo, wearing his traditional clothes, only the button shirt had strange palm designs on it and his muscle shirt was black. He was fighting with another man in a white suit in hand-to-hand combat. The man looked tired, barely able to defend himself from kyo, then he punches the man so hard, he sends him flying straight at a pile of boxes, knocking him out in the process. Sakuya smirks and was about to head down when suddenly she uses one of her knives to block an unfriendly short sword from another woman. Kyo immediately looks up and shouts "Luna, what's going on!?" Just like that, right in front of him lands Sakuya holding on to her knife in her right hand and her Luna Dial on her left hand,and just then, Luna lands next to Sakuya, swinging her short sword at her.

Sakuya gets a better look at her opponent. She was a silver haired woman with red highlights on her hair, tied up in a ponytail by a small green ribbon and had two black thin pins on each side of her head. On her right cheek she has a birth-mark of small star. She was wearing a simple dark-blue dress and white pants underneath, a brown belt that held two sheathes for her short swords, was also wearing a black glove on her left hand, and a white one on her right hand, and was wearing simple brown slip-on shoes. She glares at Sakuya with her silver eyes, and Sakuya immediately notice her intent to kill. Sakuya and Luna fight for their lives, both matching each other in strength and agility. Sakuya was about to use her Luna Dial, but Kyo gets in the way of the two shouting "stop this right now! Both of you!" Luna almost hits Kyo with her blade, but he turns around in a split second, grabs the blade, and sends her flying back. Kyo passes his hand through his spiky black hair and says "you still can't beat me, sweetheart!" Sakuya looks on in shock as Kyo goes to the girl and helps her up. In a dark tone she says "hmph! You just caught me off-guard."

Kyo turns to Sakuya saying "miss Sakuya, what are you doing here?" Sakuya keeps glaring at Luna and after a little while, as she puts away her knife and watch she says "Kyo... I came here looking for you. We need your help back at Gensokyo." Kyo looks at her suspiciously at first then asks "what happened with Ail?" Sakuya casually says "we need to go get him and another from a place called Makai, and Yukari believes we need your help." Sakuya kept glaring at Luna, who kept glaring back. Kyo sighs and says "forgive me. Sakuya, this is Luna Rivers, my-" Luna glares at Kyo, who sweats and turns pale and says "my very special friend." Sakuya narrows her eyes and says "miss Luna, a pleasure, I'm sure" and Luna says "the pleasure is all mine, miss Sakuya." Kyo scratches his head and says "err... look, before we leave I want to go get some things back home and tell my folks I'll be gone. I don't want things to happen like last time." Kyo grabs the unconscious well dressed man by his neck and says "but first I have to turn this guy in. Luna, why don't you go ahead with Sakuya and get some things ready. I'll be there shortly." Luna quietly nods with a suspicious look on her face. Kyo thinks for a minute, but then suddenly runs outside, carrying the man and heading to a police station.

Luna signals Sakuya to follow, then both women start running to Kyo's house. As they ran Luna says "so, Sakuya. You still serve that vampire?" Sakuya does not answer, nor does she look at Luna, making her grin then continues "I see. It's funny, but I never though I'd have the chance to see you again. Don't worry, I won't try anything... yet. For now, we help that Ail fellow, then you and I can get down to business afterward." Sakuya grins and says "this won't be like before..., Katalina." Luna stops and grabs Sakuya by her shirt and says "don't you DARE call me by that name again!" Sakuya smiles then says "my mistake... miss Rivers." Luna lets Sakuya go then they start walking toward some apartment buildings. Kyo had just collected the bounty on the man and was headed to his apartment. At the same time, at Makai, Ail was standing next to Sara, apparently ready to battle her as well, and at the Hakurei Shrine, Yorihime lies on her back, thinking about Eirin, and the moon, while Reimu uses her gohei to beat on Mima, Tenshi and Suika, forcing them to clean up her shrine of all the empty bottles of sake. At the mountains behind the shrine, Nitori and Renko had fallen asleep next to the still unfinished power amplifying machine, and at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Remilia eagerly awaits the return of her maid, standing on the second floor balcony thinking "this is not like her. Maybe something happened."

To be continued...
Characters and scenario belong to ZUN -Team Shanghai Alice-
Ail, Kyo, and Luna (Katalina) were created by Willie G.R.

JUL 30 2009
written by
Willie G.R.

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