Here to Eternity
Chapter IXAuthor’s Note: Hey everyone! Yeah, I know it’s been a while since my last update, but I’m doing the best I can to write out chapters. I’ll begin working on Chapter 10 this evening, but until then I hope Chapter 9 suffices.
We have cheated death and he has cheated us.
But that was just a dream and this is what it means,
we are sleeping and we’ll dream for evermore.
And a fragment remains of our memories.
And the shadows remain with our hands.
Deep gray came to morn, all the colors of the dawn.
Will this journeyman’s day be his last?-
When Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Kurama returned to Genkai’s temple with Hiei in their party the four of them sensed that the temple had become someone territory.
“Kaito must’ve used his powers,” Kurama said.
“So we hope,” replied Yusuke. “That territory could belong to someone we don’t want to know.”
Inside the temple Kayko slept peacefully on a small mattress while Kaito, Koenma, Botan, Genkai, Shizuru, Yukina, and George the Blue Ogre sat near her playing cards.
Yusuke was stunned. “What the hell’s this? Kaito’s territory’s open, and you guys’re having a poker tournament?”
Of the seven, six immediately dropped their cards on the table—stunned by Yusuke’s sudden return. Only George the Blue Ogre maintained his five cards.
The Blue Ogre scanned his opponents’ cards, as all of them had landed face-up. “Woohoo! I won!” George shouted as he flashed his full house.
Unfortunately for George his moment of glory was short-lived when Koenma slapped him on the back of the head. “You big blue buffoon! Who cares about poker right now! Yusuke has returned with Hiei!”
The Blue Ogre whimpered. “Oh, even when I win I lose.”
Kaito smiled, and removed his territory. “I’m glad that you’ve returned, Yusuke. I was worried that I might fall into a deep sleep, giving the SDF the perfect opportunity to attack.”
“Oh…umm…” mumbled Kayko in her sleep.
Immediately everyone turned to her. Yusuke knelt beside her and kissed her forehead. “Hey Kayko.”
“Huh? …Oh…Yusuke!” she smiled. “You’re back!”
“Yeah, I’m back.”
“Did you find Hiei?”
“Yeah, he’s standing over there.”
Yusuke pointed to Hiei, and Kayko slowly stood up to greet him.
“It’s nice to see you again Hiei.”
“Hmph,” was Hiei’s only response, but Yusuke thought he noticed a faint smile.
“That’s Hiei for you, he never changes.”
Everyone in the room chuckled, except for Yukina who smiled at her brother.
Kayko yawned, and Yusuke turned to her and said, “Kayko, you don’t have to get up right now. Why don’t you rest some more?”
“Yusuke, if we have a baby girl you can talk to her like that, but not me.”
The other members in the party chuckled, while Yusuke looked like a fool.
“Dimwit,” replied Genkai.
The party shared a good laugh at Yusuke’s stupidity—especially after Genkai referred to him in her trademark ‘dimwit’—until Kurama returned the party to the serious level.
“So Kaito, did the temple come across any unpleasant visitors while we were away?”
“That it did Shuichi. While you guys were away a member of the SDF visited the temple. He was probably able to sense that Yusuke wasn’t here, and thought that this’d be his best opportunity to come after Kayko.”
When Yusuke heard that he immediately turned to Kayko. “Were you hurt Kayko?”
“No, I was in the other room with Shuizuru and Yukina. I never knew what had happened.”
“That’s good. Kaito, do you know who the SDF member was that visited the temple?”
“No, but Koenma does. The two of them engaged in conversation.”
“Who was it Koenma?”
“Captain Otake,” replied the Prince of Spirit World.
“Captain Otake? You mean that guy with the stupid little mustache?! That guy whose ass I wanted to kick during and after our battle with Sensui?!”
“One in the same.”
Yusuke pounded his right-fist into his left hand and lowered his voice. “So what happened next?”
“Otake re-informed me about my father’s orders to erase Yusuke, and that since Kayko was carrying a child fathered by Yusuke Urameshi she’d either have to give up her child or face death. And I told him that neither was going to happen.”
Yusuke continued to pound his fist into his left-hand. “So then what happened?”
“Nothing?! The captain of the SDF comes by to tell you guys that he wants my unborn child and I dead and he doesn’t even act upon it? Those guys really are pussies!”
Kaito chuckled. “I wouldn’t say that. Once he realized that he couldn’t break my territory there wasn’t anything more for him to do here.”
“So where’s that stupid jerk now?” Yusuke added, still pounding his fist into his palm. “I’ve got a good mind to kick his ass right now.”
“When he realized that he couldn’t break my territory he just returned to Spirit World.”
“And you just let his stupid ass get away?!”
“Shut up, dimwit!” replied Genkai with a slap to the back of the head. “How stupid can you be?”
“The hell’s the matter with you?! Is it that time of the month to be a bitch?! When someone threatens me and my family I’ve got a right to be angry!”
Hiei chuckled. “She’s referring to the fact that in Kaito’s territory no one can commit a violent act.”
“Or have you forgotten what happened in that mansion three years ago?”
Yusuke became dumbfounded, and his face turned red.
Kayko giggled and kissed his cheek. “You look so cute when you have that face Yusuke.”
Yusuke turned even redder and everyone laughed at him.
“Damn it! Could you jerks quit laughing at me long enough that we could get our asses to Spirit World and kick King Yama’s ass?”
Everyone went silent. Yusuke spoke with determination on what he believed would be his last mission. Finally, Hiei broke the silence.
“It’s about time you said something I wanted to hear Yusuke Urameshi. When do we leave?”
“Right now’s as good as any.”
“No, wait Yusuke,” began Koenma. “You need a plan.”
“I’ve already got one. I’m going to kick King Yama’s ass from one side of Spirit World to the next.”
“Damn it Yusuke, be reasonable! You can’t just walk into Spirit World and think that you can take it over. It doesn’t work that easy.”
“So what do you suggest we do ‘Your Highness?’”
“That I come along with you.”
“But you can’t fight,” replied Kuwabara.
“That’s true Kuwabara, I can’t. But I can still act as your guide. You’ll need a guide into Spirit World since it has a complex system of entrances. You’ll need to know which entrance is the safest to enter. I’m sure that Spirit World’s in a state of emergency. My father’s no doubt aware that I’m aiding the enemy, and he’s going to put in all the defenses that he can.”
“What?!” screeched Yusuke. “Did you tell that SDF jerk our plan to enter Spirit World?!”
“No, Yusuke, but that’s insignificant. My father may’ve already been aware of what we intend to do.”
“You do you mean, sir?” asked the Blue Ogre.
“I mean that he could’ve been watching from the office.”
“What office?” replied Hiei.
“The office in Spirit World. It’s where I watch the missions Yusuke and his companions went on Hiei. I’ve never known Father to use it, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t now.”
“Ha!” chuckled Yusuke. “If that’s the case then I’ve got a message for him.”
Yusuke looked to the heavens and shouted, “Hey King Yama! You had best pray to whatever god you believe in because your ass’s going to belong to me!” And in an extra display of defiance to King Yama, Yusuke flashed two middle fingers.
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