Here to Eternity
Author’s Note: Well everyone, I hope that the last five chapters haven’t turned you off too much. Most of those chapters were simply trying to explain the world that Yusuke has returned to, and with the exception of Chapters Two and Five they were mostly very short. Well, now is the point in the story that begins the plot, so enjoy and keep reading and reviewing.
The killer’s breed or the demon’s seed,
the glamour, the fortune, the pain.
Go to war again, blood is freedom’s stain,
don’t you pray for my soul anymore.
Two minutes to midnight,
the hands that threaten doom.
Two minutes to midnight,
to kill the unborn in the womb-
“2 Minutes to Midnight”-Iron Maiden
One month after her graduation Yusuke and Kayko were married in Genkai’s temple before their friends in a ceremony that was mostly secular. After their marriage Yusuke was able to purchase an apartment after earning enough as an assistant cook at Yukimura Restaurant. But despite his new bride and home, Yusuke was not happy.
“I guess I should’ve listened to Kayko and gone to school more often. It sucks when you realize that you can’t be the provider for your family. There’re not many jobs available in Japan for someone with only an 8th grade education, and the only reason why Mr. Yukimura probably hired me was that I’m his son-in-law. And while I like Mr. Yukimura I hate working for other people, but what exactly can I do with an 8th grade education?
And then there’s Kayko. She’s talking about taking some time off college to have a family. I can barely afford to feed Kayko and myself, how in the world can I afford to take care of a child? Plus, I never did tell her why I was fired as spirit detective. And if King Yama wants me erased how do I know he wouldn’t try to do the same thing to Kayko if she’s carrying my child? I have to talk to Koenma about this.”
Koenma—the Prince of Spirit World—had been living as a refugee in Genkai’s temple for the last three years, as a return to Spirit World could result in his execution. Still, Koenma had received the latest news from Spirit World through his assistant, Botan. When Yusuke spotted the exiled prince he had grown his brown hair longer, and was dressed in a pair of jean shorts, black T-shirt, and a black bandana to cover his “Jr.” initials.
“Yusuke, it’s been a while. Would you like a glass of wine?”
Koenma poured two glasses and handed one to Yusuke. “So, what’s up?”
“A lot actually. I’m here to ask you one very important question.”
“Your father still wants me erased doesn’t he?”
“That’s what Botan’s telling me, even though she’s asked my dad to be reasonable. Hell, even Ogre has been apologetic towards you.”
“‘Apologetic.’ It’s a Greek word that means ‘defense.’”
“Oh, well, that’s nice to know.”
“But this is stuff you were already familiar with, right?”
“And stuff you’ve never been concerned with before, right?”
“For the most part, yeah.”
“Then why the sudden concern for my dad’s orders?”
“I’m not concerned about myself, Konema…I’m concerned about Kayko.”
“Kayko’s been talking to me a lot about starting a family.”
“I thought she planned on going to college?”
“Yeah, that’s what I thought to, but lately she’s had ‘baby fever’ I guess.”
“And this is your cause for concern?”
“Yes. If King Yama wants me dead, how do I know he wouldn’t try to kill Kayko if she’s carrying my child?”
Koenma paused. “You’re probably right, Yusuke; although I’m sure that Dad wouldn’t kill Kayko outright. I’m sure he’d give her the chance to give up her pregnancy, but if she refused…”
“He’d have her killed, right?”
Yusuke gritted his teeth and punched his right fist into his left palm. “Then I’m going to have to tell Kayko the risks.”
“Kayko doesn’t know that King Yama wants me erased. I told her that I was fired as a spirit detective after she asked me why I couldn’t receive any money for acting as a spirit detective, which by the way Koenma, why didn’t I ever receive any money for putting my life on the line like that?”
Koenma grinned—a nervous grin. “Well, Yusuke, umm…”
“Never mind, the hell with that for now. I’m going to have to tell Kayko everything, and hope she doesn’t blow up on me for not being upfront with her. After hearing everything, if she still wants to have a baby then we’ll have one.”
When Yusuke returned home the first thing he noticed was his wife washing the dishes, while wearing a pair or short-shorts and a white top. Yusuke used some of his spirit energy to sneak up behind her and grab her ass. She let out a scream.
“Is it just me Kayko, or has your ass gotten even finer since we’ve been married?”
“Yusuke!” Kayko almost slapped him, but instead started to laugh when Yusuke did. Yusuke smiled, and wrapped his arms around her waist before he kissed her.
“Hey, I need to talk to you about something.”
“Follow me into the living room.”
Kayko did as Yusuke requested and sat on the sofa beside him.
“Kayko, you know how you’ve been telling me that you want to have a baby?”
“Well, there’s something that I have to tell you.”
“Well…I never told you exactly why I was fired as spirit detective.”
Kayko was all ears.
“I know that I told you that I pissed off King Yama, and while that’s part of it, it’s not the whole truth. The other part was that King Yama ordered me to be erased…”
“I know Yusuke.”
“I’ve known about your problems with King Yama for two years.”
“Kuwabara told me everything…”
“Kuwabara!” Yusuke said, while he grinded his teeth.
“Don’t blame Kuwabara, Yusuke! I suspected something was wrong long before that.”
“Do you remember when you left Demon’s Door after your final fight with Sensui?”
“I was there to. And I remember those men who condemned Koenma for not allowing a ‘boy to be erased.’ I wondered for quite a while if that ‘boy’ might’ve been you. But I’d to harass Kuwabara to tell me the truth.”
“Then…then why didn’t you say anything that day we were over at Kuwabara’s?”
“Because I wanted to see if you’d tell me…and I was slightly upset when you didn’t. Of course I love you too much to let it bother me, but I did ask Kuwabara about it the next day.”
“Really. And what did Kuwabara say?”
“He said that you gave him and Kurama a look not to say anything, and he said it was probably because you didn’t want me to be bothered by it.”
“Well, he’s right. I was afraid how you’d react if you learned the truth.”
“Damn it, Yusuke! You can’t continue to keep secrets from people who care about you!”
“So what the hell did you want me to do, Kayko?! Did you want me to tell the people that I love that somebody wants me to be erased?!”
“Yusuke, I know that you love me, and I love you as well; but I’m a lot stronger than what you think. I’ve seen so much of what you’ve been through. I cried when I watched you fight in the Dark Tournament, but I continued to go back to every single one of those fights because I couldn’t be away from you. You can tell me what’s happening to you Yusuke.”
Yusuke was speechless before he finally let out a non-verbal nod. “Very well, Kayko; I promise to be more open with you from now on.”
“But let me tell you why I brought all of this up.”
“Before I came home I paid a visit to Genkai’s temple and Koenma.”
“I asked Koenma if his dad still wanted me to be assassinated.”
“The answer was ‘yes,’ but that doesn’t bother me.”
“Then what does?”
“I asked Koenma that if I made you pregnant would the Spirit World assassins come after you.”
Kayko began to show signs of worry. “And?”
“And the answer’s ‘yes.’ Koenma told me that they’d either make you give up the baby or face death.”
Kayko’s lower lip began to quiver.
“That’s why I had to tell you this, Kayko. I wanted to make sure that you knew what could happen if you were to become pregnant. But if you want a baby Kayko then consider it done, and I promise you that if any of those Spirit World assassins harass you I’ll kill them all!”
Yusuke gave her a look after he said ‘kill them all’ to let Kayko know that he was serious. Kayko nodded, and kissed Yusuke on the lips.
Four months later Kayko was pregnant with her first-born child, and although she suffered bouts of morning sickness and her growing stomach affected her self-esteem, she was joyful. She smiled when she looked at maternal clothes and infant items, and she enjoyed rubbing her pregnant belly before friends.
While Yusuke was at work Kayko was busy passing through the pages of a catalogue that specialized in infant items.
“Huh? Who’s that?”
Before her stepped a man with blonde-hair who wore a white uniform.
“I’m Sourai with the Spirit Defense Force. I understand that you’re pregnant with a child that was fathered by Yusuke Urameshi.”
“Do you realize that Yusuke Urameshi has the blood of a powerful demon flowing through his veins?”
“Then you must know that Yusuke Urameshi has been ordered to be eliminated by King Yama of Spirit World.”
“I know that.”
“What I’m to ask you is extremely difficult…you must abort your child.”
“Yes, for the sake of all humankind you must.”
“Never! Yusuke’s not a monster, and he’d never hurt anybody! He even took care of his ancestral father.”
Sourai sighed. “I can see this is pointless. Either give up your child or face death.”
“I’ll never give up my baby!”
Kayko gasped as Sourai charged towards her, but he was stopped by a powerful right hand to the jaw that came out of nowhere.
“Yusuke!” Kayko shouted as she hugged her husband.
Yusuke wrapped his arm around her. “Don’t worry, I’m here,” before he turned to glare at Sourai.
Sourai chocked, almost as though he had swallowed his tongue.
“Let me give you a warning you son of a bitch! I should kill you right now for threatening Kayko, and in fact I want to! But I’m going to let you live. I want you to take your ass back to Spirit World and tell King Yama that if he fucks with those I care about again, I’ll charge into Spirit World and take the entire place over!”
Sourai gave one more cough before returning to Spirit World.
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