Here to Eternity
Talk to me softly,
there is something in your eyes.
Don’t hang your head in sorrow,
and please don’t cry.
I know how you feel inside.
I’ve been there before.
Something is changin’ inside you,
and don’t you know,
don’t you cry tonight.
I still love you baby.
Don’t you cry tonight.
Don’t you cry tonight.
There’s a Heaven above you baby,
and don’t you cry tonight-
“Don’t Cry”-Guns ‘N’ Roses
Yusuke let out a primal roar after Sourai returned to Spirit World, and even with his pregnant wife nearby he was unable to calm down.
“Where’s that compact?!”
“Huh? Yusuke calm down!”
“I can’t calm down…”
But a quick slap in the face made him calm down.
“That’s enough Yusuke! Acting out of control’s not going to help.”
Yusuke took a deep breath. “Kayko, when you cleaned out my mom’s old place did you happen to find a compact in my room?”
“A compact? You mean like a make-up compact?”
“Yeah, it looks like one.”
“Was it black? I thought it was your mother’s.”
“Yes, it’s black, and no, it’s not my mom’s. It’s actually not even a compact, although it looks like one. It’s my communicator to Botan. I received it when I first became a spirit detective, but I never wanted to carry it because I thought it looked like a compact, and I wouldn’t be caught dead with anything that’d make people wonder if I was gay.”
Kayko said nothing. She only listened.
“Anyway Kayko, do you know where it’s at?”
“Yes, it’s in a box I put with your mother’s things.”
“Good. Please bring it to me.”
Kayko did as Yusuke requested, and Yusuke immediately opened his communicator; but once he started to talk his anger returned.
“Hey! Earth to the Grim Reaper! Get your blue-haired ass on here!”
Botan gasped when she heard Yusuke’s voice. “Huh? Yusuke?”
“Who else would it be?! I’ve got a message for you. I want you to tell your boss that if he harms Kayko or any of my friends, I’ll charge into Spirit World and kick his sorry ass!”
“Huh? What’s going on?”
“Your boss, King Yama, just sent one of his Spirit Defense jerks to kill Kayko if she refused to give up our baby.”
“Tell him that if he wants to send some assassin after me, fine; but he’s to leave my family and friends alone!” And Yusuke immediately closed the compact.
Two hours later the Urameshi household received a knock on their front door. Yusuke and Kayko answered to reveal Koenma, Botan, Genkai, and George the Blue Ogre in disguise.
“Hello kids,” said Genkai.
“Huh? What’re you guys doing here?” asked Yusuke.
“Important business, Yusuke,” replied Koenma. “Please, let’s go to your living room, we’ve much to discuss.”
Yusuke led everyone into his sitting room and Koenma began the discussions.
“Ogre, Botan, please explain to Yusuke why you’re here.”
“We’re here because we left Spirit World,” replied Botan.
“Yes, we could no longer support King Yama’s attacks against you and your friends,” added Ogre.
“I told King Yama your message Yusuke, and apparently so did that soldier you sent back to the King. The King, however, is hearing none of it.”
“So that means…”
“That means dimwit that King Yama’ll continue to attack you and Kayko,” replied Genkai.
Yusuke was silent, but then he smiled—a wicked smile. “Well then, it looks like I’ll just have to make good on my threat.”
“What?!” exclaimed Koenma.
“Yeah, that’s right. I’m going to charge into Spirit World and kick King Yama’s ass. I’m sorry that’s your dad Koenma, but if I do nothing he’ll continue to harm Kayko and those I care about…I can’t let that happen.”
Koenma nodded. “I understand Yusuke. But remember one thing.”
“While Prince Koenma may not be much of a fighter, his dad’s a much more formidable opponent. Plus, don’t forget the Spirit Defense Force. You might be able to handle them one-on-one, but they’re not so easy if they all gang up against you.”
“Oh, I’ll lose my head for this,” sighed Ogre.
“Damn it Ogre, don’t be such a baby!” shouted Koenma, as he delivered a slap to the back of Ogre’s head.
Ogre whimpered. “Oooh, even after three years he still acts the same.”
Koenma sighed. “Anyway, it should be noted that both Ogre and Botan could lose their lives supporting Yusuke…my life was practically forfeited three years ago when I stopped the SDF from wasting Yusuke’s body.”
Yusuke nodded. “Regardless of which, everyone understands what I intend to do. But I don’t ask any of you to follow me. If you want to return to Spirit World that’s fine, but if you try to stop me I can promise you that I’ll show you any mercy.”
Koenma, Botan, and Ogre were silent, until Botan broke that silence.
“Yusuke, I love both you and Kayko, and despite how loyal I am to King Yama I cannot support his mission to hunt Yusuke down and to harm Yusuke’s wife and closest friends.”
“I’m much the same,” replied Ogre. “I don’t support the King’s mission.”
“He may be my father, but I cannot support his mission to murder our best spirit detective,” added Koenma.
Yusuke smiled. “I appreciate your support, but now I need to call on Kuwabara and Kurama.”
Yusuke telephoned both Kuwabara and Kurama, and the two of them arrived at Yusuke and Kayko’s apartment approximately thirty minutes later. Yusuke informed both of them about his plan to invade Spirit World and both Kuwabara and Kurama were stunned.
“That’s crazy Urameshi!”
“What other choice do I have Kuwabara? King Yama’s troops have already threatened Kayko.”
“Yes,” replied Kurama, “it’s crazy, but it appears to be the only choice available for Yusuke at the moment.”
“On top of the ball as always Kurama! Well, the reason why I called both you guys here was to ask for your help. There’s no way I can pull this off on my own.”
Kuwabara and Kurama said nothing and looked at each other. Then Kuwabara spoke first.
“Gee, I don’t know about that Urameshi.”
“Huh? What do you mean?”
“Well, I don’t really do those kind of things anymore. I mean, I’ve grown up since the last time you and I went on assignments together. I’m going to start college this fall. I’ve got a great girlfriend…”
“Are you sure you’re boyfriend and girlfriend, or are you just good friends?”
“The hell’re you trying to imply Urameshi?! We’re boyfriend and girlfriend! You should’ve seen us make-out after the Iron Maiden concert!”
Kurama chuckled. “Makes me wonder what her brother would’ve thought about that?”
“What the hell’re you laughing at?!” exclaimed Kuwabara.
“Oh…nothing,” Kurama replied, as he tried to regain his composure. “To be serious though, Kuwabara and I are in similar situations. While he’s preparing for college I’ve to prepare myself to complete high school. Besides, I don’t know if I can even do such adventures anymore.”
“If I may interject,” responded Koenma, “I’d like to inform both of you that this is not necessarily Yusuke’s problem. In fact, Yusuke’s problem with my father affects all of us.”
“That’s correct,” added Botan. “King Yama gave orders to go after anyone who’s affiliated with Yusuke Urameshi.”
Kurama placed his chin in between his thumb and first finger. “Well, that changes my priorities.”
“Yeah, same here,” added Kuwabara.
“But if we’re going to charge into Spirit World we’re going to need the assistance of one more person.”
“Who?” asked Yusuke.
“Hiei!” exclaimed Kuwabara.
“How the hell’re we going to get Hiei if he remained in Demon World?” asked Yusuke.
“We’re going to have to go there and ask him. I think he’ll be quite interested."
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