Chapter Two: "Fun and Games"
Kurama stood in shock. The thought of his human mother getting hurt because of him terrified the fox boy. What am I going to do? he questioned himself.
The boy gasped. A horrifying thought crossed his mind. Is he going to attack her now? I got to get home! thought Kurama as he raced out of the dark alley.
Please be all right, mother!
Botan flew over the city on her oar. Her light blue hair fluttered in the strong winds and her purple eyes sparkled in the strong light. The girl wore a schoolgirl’s outfit. The outfit consisted of a top and skirt that reached her knees. The uniform was a navy blue color with a yellow scarf.
The bubbly girl glanced around the city below her. A certain red headed boy caught her attention. She watched him as he hurriedly raced from an alley.
Why’s he in such a hurry? Botan asked herself in a curious manner. She bought her oar down diving towards the boy. She floated over the emerald eyed boy a few feet away from him.
“What’s the rush?” she asked.
Kurama came to a sudden stop and looked up to the source of the voice. “Botan?!” Kurama cried in shock.
“The one and only,” Botan said with a smile.
The figure’s haunting voice rang in Kurama’s ears, “If I was you I would keep my distance from anyone close to you…Who knows an accident might happen…” The creatures dark laughter echoed in Kurama’s mind.
I can’t let Botan get hurt, the fox thought.
“I have to be heading home now, Botan,” Kurama said as he ran off.
Kurama soon had disappeared from Botan’s sight. She gazed at the spot where he had been. Well, that was weird…she thought. Kurama usually doesn’t act like that…The girl was puzzled.
“I know!” she said aloud slamming her fist into her palm. “I’ll pay him a visit later to cheer him up!” She smiled to herself and flew off riding on her oar.
Kurama ran up the porch steps of his family’s house. He reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a key. He frantically put the key in the key hole and turned it, unlocking the door. “Mother!” he cried when he entered the house, worry was in his voice. He searched the living room for her but, she wasn’t there. “Mother!” he called again.
“Yes, Shuichi,” came a voice from the kitchen. A woman peeked out of the kitchen doorway. She had a bowl in her hands filled with some sort of contents only she knew, which she was stirring with a large spoon.
Relief washed over the red headed boy. “Never mind, it’s not important at the moment,” he said giving her a warm smile.
Shiori stared at him a little unsure, but puzzlement soon grew to worry. “Shuichi, you should go to bed early, you look pale.”
“Yes, mother,” Kurama said as he walked up the stairs to get to his room.
When the boy reached his room, he throw his book bag on the floor and flopped down on to the bed, closing his eyes. He was exhausted after his worrying all day. Kurama sighed, What am I going to do…?
Kurama turned his head to the side and opened his eyes. He stared blankly at his bag for a moment. “Well, I better get started on my homework.” The boy pushed his tired body up, picked up his bag, and pulled out a chair from his desk. He sighed once again than sat down, opened his bag and pulled out his assignments for the day. He then busily began to work on them.
The next day
Bright rays of sunlight shined through the open window of Kurama’s bedroom. Birds sung sweet songs to each other. (They’re not sweet. They’re annoying. Evil little buggers who tweet when you are trying to sleep!) Kurama awoke to the loud ring of his alarm clock. The boy reached his hand over to the small table beside his bed. His hand searched for the alarm, when he found it he clicked a button to turn it off.
The boy lay in bed for a few moments longer, it’s morning…he thought. Kurama opened his eyes slightly, his long eyelashes fluttered. He sat up in his bed and with his hand rubbed his eyes. He stared at the surroundings of his room, trying to get his eyes to focus.
Kurama pulled his blanket off of him and sat at the edge of the mattress. He then got to his feet and walked over to his dresser. He took out a clean pair of socks; he turned around and throw them on his bed. The fox then went over to his closet and pulled out his school uniform. He placed his shirt on the bed. Next the boy took off his pajamas’ bottoms and put his pants on. He then took off the top he had been sleeping in and began to put on his uniform’s shirt when a girl’s happy-go-lucky voice startled him.
“Hello!” said a blue haired girl, that was no doubt Botan.
“AH! B-Botan!!” Kurama cried quickly putting on his shirt the rest of the way. “What are you doing here?!” he asked.
“I’m here to cheer you up!” Botan said smiling. She still was wearing her schoolgirl outfit.
“You looked so down yesterday, so I thought---” the girl looked around the boy’s room. “Ah, just like all men, they never make their beds,” she said waving a finger.
“Yes, well, I just got up and I was trying to get dressed.” the red headed boy explained.
Suddenly foot steps could be heard nearing the boy’s room. The door slightly opened, “Shuichi, is something wrong?” came a familiar voice. “I thought I heard a scream?”
Kurama looked at Botan, What would mother think if she saw her in here! Kurama ran over to the door slamming it shut in the woman’s face.
“Ah, Shuichi! What has gotten into you!?” Shiori asked.
“I’m not dressed yet mother!” he cried, quickly making an excuse.
“It’s not let I haven’t seen “it” before,” she said calmly.
The fox’s cheeks reddened, “Yes…but I was younger than, things are different now!” he cried.
“What was that!?” Shiori asked, “It sounded like a young girl?!”
“What!” Kurama glared at Botan. She covered her mouth, giving him an innocent look. “It must have been your imagination. Mother, maybe you should go lay down for a while.”
“Oh…maybe I should…” With that she began to leave. Kurama waited until he heard the thumps of foot steps making her way down the stairs. Kurama sighed and leaned against the door.
“Well, I got to fly,” Botan said forming her oar in her hand, “I don’t want to cause you anymore trouble. See you later.” The girl climbed out onto Kurama’s windowsill, got on her oar, and flew away. She waved farewell to the fox demon in the distance.
Kurama walked over to the window, waved goodbye to Botan, then closed the window. Pulling the drapes over it. The boy finished getting ready for school, and left saying goodbye to his family.
Kurama walked into his classroom and sat at his desk. The girl from yesterday came skipping over to the boy. She blushed when she looked at him. “Um…Shuichi…?”
Kurama turned to the girl, Her again…he thought.
“Yes,” the boy said quickly putting on a warm smile.
“Um…like I was…um…saying yesterday…I…um…um…”Her face grow redder. “Would you consider… um…”
“I’m sorry, but could you get to the point,” Kurama said, “Class is going to start soon.”
“SHUICHIWOULDYOUCONSIDERGOINGOUTWITHME!!!” she screamed in all one breath.
The fox’s sensitive ears rung. Ow, my ears! Kurama thought, What was she trying to say?
“Can you repeat that, slower and not so loud?” he asked the girl.
The girl ran from Kurama, tears falling from her eyes. Kurama stared at where the girl had been standing, dumbstruck. “Wait…” he said.
Everyone in the class stared at the stunned boy. Some of the boys gave him cold glares. Others looked at him confused. Some students whispered things and pointed at him.
“What is wrong with you, Shuichi?!” a boy cried walking up to the fox. He slammed a fist on the boy’s desk. “That was one of the hottest chicks in school!”
“What did I do…?
“You totally blow her off!” Kurama’s classmate replied.
“But,” Kurama turned and looked at the doorway, “I couldn’t understand what she said…”
“Urameshi,” said a woman. It was Yusuke’s teacher. “It’s amazing how your homework is without a flaw, yet you missed every question on the test.”
“Yeah, amazing, ain’t it?” Yusuke smirked.
“What should I do about this…?” his teacher said, “Hmmm…I know! A week’s detention.”
“What!” Yusuke cried.
“Yes, that will do perfectly,” she said as she walked over to the front of the class.
“Doesn’t matter,” Yusuke muttered, “I’m skipping. They’re forget about it…eventually.
“Hey, Urameshi,” Kuwabara whispered to the boy. “How’d you get the homework right?”
“I knew I should have told Keiko to leave some of the answers wrong,” he murmured. “Half of them would have been good. Or better yet most of them!”
“AH! You cheated!” Kuwabara cried in a half whisper.
“Doesn’t matter, now,” Yusuke said leaning back in his chair, putting his feet on his desk.
“Urameshi, another week of detention!” said his teacher.
The bell rung yet ending another day of school. Kuwabara and Yusuke got out of their seats and left the room. They turned and walked down the hall.
“Kurama looked out of it yesterday,” Kuwabara stated. “Don’t you think?”
“Yeah,” the brown-eyed boy replied. “Wonder what could be wrong?”
“Maybe he wasn’t feeling good or he was tired.”
“I don’t think so. He looked all right to me. Through he has been keeping his distance from us, today…”
“Now, that I think about it, he didn’t eat lunch with us or walk to school with us today.”
“Hey, why don’t we plan a little get together, and try to cheer him up. We can all go to the movies; Keiko and Botan too. Besides, I’ve been dying to see this one movie.”
“YEAH!” Kuwabara smiled.
Yusuke and Kuwabara somehow succeeded in getting Kurama to come with them and the others to the movies. Even through he had told them he didn’t want to go. Yusuke plainly told the fox he needed to have some fun and basically said to get a life.
Botan, Yusuke, Kurama, Keiko, and Kuwabara stood looking up at titles of movies posted on a sign.
“Oh…Hiei’s not here?” Keiko asked looking around at the faces of her friends accompanying her. Hiei’s was not among them.
“Couldn’t find him,” Yusuke replied.
“AH, who cares? It’s better without that shrimp around,” Kuwabara said.
“I wouldn’t say things like that,” Kurama said, “Hiei could be here and we might just be unaware of it.”
“WHAT! That midget is watching us!?” Kuwabara yelled.
“I’m only saying he could be.”
“So, what movie did you want to see, Yusuke?” Keiko asked the boy.
“That one,” Yusuke said pointing to a poster. The poster was colored red and had a bloody face on it. The face was of a woman’s. She had a wicked smile on her lips.
“What!” Kuwabara cried. “You want to see that ONE!”
“Yep,” Yusuke replied, “Bloody Mary.”
‘No, I don’t want to watch that,” Keiko said. “Right Botan.” The ferry girl nodded.
“Then what else is there to see?” Yusuke asked.
“Okay, let’s see,” Kuwabara said. He began to read the other titles that were playing. “Fluffy in Wonderland,” they shook there heads, “Hold Me Closely.”
“Why not that?” Keiko asked.
“Hell no!” Yusuke said, “ I’m not watching no sapping romance movie!”
“The King of Lame,” Kuwabara read off the subtitle on the poster for the movie, “Everything else was just plan stupid.”
“That sounds really stupid…” Yusuke commented.
“Come on,” Yusuke said, “let’s see Bloody Mary! We’re finally old enough to see it without bringing mommy along or sneaking in.”
“What are you talking about, Yusuke?” Keiko asked. “We’re only sixteen.”
“But we got Kurama.”
“So that’s why you forced me to come.” Kurama said eyeing the boy.
“Now, go get the tickets, fox boy.” Yusuke ordered. “And you better have brought your ID!”
“I did…” Kurama said, “But I’m not paying for all of you.”
“That’s okay. Hey, Kuwabara, can you pay for me?” Yusuke said making a goofing smile putting his arm on the other boy’s shoulder.
“What!” Kuwabara cried shoving Yusuke’s arm off. “You make us see this movie and you don’t even bring money to pay for your OWN ticket!”
“Must of slipped my mind…”
“WHY YOU!!!” Kuwabara grabbed Yusuke’s shirt collar.
“I’ll pay for you, Yusuke,” Keiko said opening her purse and taking out the money. “But you better pay me back.”
She handed the money to Kurama along with the money for her own ticket.
“Yeah, yeah. Whatever,” said Yusuke waving his hand up and down.
Kuwabara reached into his pants pocket and took out his wallet. “Here you go,” he said handing over a ten-dollar bill to Kurama. “Keep the change.”
“But I don’t have any money,” Botan said a little downcast.
“That’s alright,” Kurama said giving her a warm smile, “I’ll take care of it.”
“Oh, thank you!” she said smiling.
“So you let her get away without paying?” Yusuke cried pointing a finger at Kurama.
Kurama didn’t answer. He walked over to the ticket booth. The boy paid for the tickets and gave them to his friends, keeping one for himself.
The group walked into the theater. They gave a man, who collects the tickets, their tickets. He ripped them and returned half of the ticket to them, putting the other piece in a box. “Bloody Mary is playing in theater nine, to your right,” the man said.
Is it really okay to be around them…?
“Come on, Kurama,” Botan giggled grabbing his arm, breaking him out of his thoughts. She pulled him over to the others.
Kuwabara walked over to the confession stand and brought a large soda and a large popcorn. He then rejoined the others.
Yusuke looked down at the popcorn. “You’ll share that with me, right?”
“You should of brought your own money,” Kuwabara said stuffing himself with a mouthful of popcorn.
“Botan,” Keiko said, “Want to share a small popcorn?”
“Oh, yes. That would be lovely, thank you,” the bubbling girl said.
“All right,” Keiko walked over to the line of the confessions stand.
When they all had finished buying snacks and doing their “business”, they all walked into the theater, found five seats in the third row, and sat down. Keiko sat farthest to the left next to Yusuke. Kuwabara sat in-between Yusuke and Botan, leaving Kurama at the end.
A few minutes later, the movie began.
The two people in the row in front of the Spirit Detectives began to make out. The girl began to make moaning noises as her boyfriend kissed her. “Ah…ah…ah…no not there…” she giggled.
Yusuke sickened. “Hey! Shut up!” They turned around to look at him. “Yeah you! Some of us are trying to watch the movie! This is not no damn hotel!” Yusuke yelled. “If you’re going to make out, than get a fricken room!
“Ssshh! You’re making a scene,” Keiko said, trying to quiet him as people shot angry looks at them.
“Pretend we don’t know him,” Kuwabara said.
The couple got up out of their chairs a few moments later and went to the back of the theater, making Yusuke very happy. “Yeah, get lost!” he muttered. “Now I have a better view.”
Botan and Keiko cried out in horror later on in the movie as the creature in the movie popped out of nowhere behind the main characters.
Kurama turned to Botan and put his hand on hers gently. “It’s all right, Botan,” he told her. The girl nodded as her heart began to return to normal.
Keiko grabbed the boy next to her burying her head into his shoulder. “Hey, baby,” said an unfamiliar voice. Keiko looked up at the boy to her left.
“Y-you’re not Yusuke!” she cried.
“Yeah, Keiko,” said his voice, which came from the right. “I’m over here.”
“Aaahh!!” she cried letting go of the strange boy and grabbing Yusuke’s arm.
“Baby, if you need someone to comfort you,” the stranger said. “Feel free to lean on my shoulder.” He raised his eyebrows up and down.
“Eeekk!” Keiko screamed and Yusuke gave the other boy a death look. The man gulped and moved over a seat. That dude is scarier than the movie. He thought.
Occasionally Kuwabara cried out along with the girls at scary parts in the movie. Kurama only gasped at certain parts and Yusuke kept a wide grin on his face the whole time. Yusuke put his sticky fingers to work, stealing some of Kuwabara’s popcorn whenever the opportunity arrived.
“That movie wasn’t scary,” Kuwabara said as they walked out of the theater when the movie was over.
Yusuke came out from behind Kuwabara and whispered a line from the movie into his friend’s ear, “Bloody Mary…Bloody Mary…Bloody-”
“Don’t say her name three times!” Kuwabara cried in a slightly scared voice, cutting Yusuke off. Yusuke laughed and murmured something that sounded like, “wasn’t scared, huh?”
“The movie was creepy,” said Botan, trying to start a conversation.
“Yeah, but I didn’t get to hear what was going on in the beginning,” Yusuke winded.
“No one did, Yusuke,” Kurama half laughed.
“Don’t worry,” Keiko said. “You can always rent it when it comes to video.”
“It’s just like when parents bring their brats to the theater. You have babies crying, brats running up and down the aisles; a real pain in the ass.” Yusuke explained as they walked down some stairs. “Can’t hear what’s going on...”
“Yes, I know what you mea---”Kurama was cut off as a scream filled the air.
“Botan!” Kurama cried turning around, recognizing the scream belonged to.
Did he attack now!
To be continued…
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