If I ever
owned anyone, Ill tell you
Rain rain go away, come again another day
little girl muttered in boredom, staring blankly at the drops when
they slapped the glass of the window. The young girl, Asako, was
assigned to deliver a notebook she borrowed from her friend, Ushio,
but sadly, it had started raining before she got a chance to leave,
and so, she had to wait at the temple boys shrine until her
father arrived with her raincoat and umbrella.
TORA!!!! the boy hollered, soon passing the girl in a wild
Asako was getting a migraine.
that, an evil laughter filled the room when a huge bundle of orange
fur zoomed by her.
Ushio cried once more, passing her again, spear in hand, swinging it
towards the beast, Give it back you bastard!
me! Tora chuckled, a portrait in his hand, And I still
dont see what you like in this. he griped it in both
hands and rotated it once to the left, blinked, then to the right,
blinking twice, he flipped it upside down, What the hell
is this, anyway?
none of youre business! Ushio flushed, Just give it
want it, he grabbed it under an arm and ran, Come and get
ass is asking for it! the boy growled and leaped after him.
Asako was regretting ever knowing the boy by now.
Shigure, Ushios father and the keeper of the shrine, warmly
offered her a teacup, a soft fatherly smile attached, You look
can you take those two? she whined, sipping on the nice, hot
drink, she gave a satisfied sigh, Oh- God this feels much
Shigure sat besides her, a second passed before Tora zoomed by, soon
followed by the boy.
With a sweat
drop, the priest looked at her, It just grew on me, I
supposed. He soothed.
Asako smiled weakly, tiredly sipping tea.
Get your goddamn ass right back here.
Asako watched the hunter and demon rush pass them one more time.
laughing like a maniac.
eyebrow twitched comically, many veins popped over her head.
ought to do better than that if you wanna catch me brat. Hah!
Tora chuckled, Hey! I made a rhyme!
The cry shook the whole temple right out of its roots. Ushio and Tora
were both comically petrified into stone. Each turned his worried
gaze around, both yelped in fright at the sight of a vary irritated,
pale-faced Asako who stomped her way towards them, her stares were
like daggers piercing through their guts. Tora actually curled over
himself, ducking behind the boy, Ushio for that matter, sunk into the
are you alright? Ushio managed to stutter with extreme fright,
poorly hidden under a chuckle.
a grin that quickly left as soon as it came. After a second, he
shoved the portrait into the boys hand, Now if you dont
mind, Ill leave you with your female, Ive got things to
catch up to. He turned to leave.
you dont! Asako hollered. Tora! You get youre
butt right back here!
somewhat offended, the demon snarled at her, only to take it back
with a yelp.
get youre butt right back here before I bring it in for you!
Asako thundered, obviously, that was not an option.
curses, Tora came back, sitting besides the frantic temple boy,
Careful not to wet yourself, brat, shes just a
its Asako. Ushio managed to whisper.
With a sweat
drop, Toras ears shifted down, that comment did not sound
comforting at all!
Asako began, a hiss in her voice, What, may I ask, were you two
fighting over? she crossed her arms.
really. Tora said lamely, I just took one of his ugly
artwork and he went crazy as if it was one-of-a-kind!
not ugly! Ushio snarled, but then stiffened under the females
to say it Ushio, but Tora isnt the only one who finds your
Tora grinned, but drew it away under her threatening glare.
You havent even seen it!
was enough! she growled.
lightly, the boy shifted the art for her to see, Cmon!
Tell me you dont find this the least bit good.
With a face,
Asako sighed and shook her head, What is this supposed
to be? she tilted her head, hardly trying to make out the
comically fell, foot twitching.
shook the room with his laughter, Gee! I was wondering he same-
thing. He silenced under her glare again.
Cmon! Ushio whined childishly, Why do you always
crush me? he complained.
Asako began with a cooler tone, just because you like doing art
dose not mean youll ever be good at it!
The more I practice the better Ill get!
Youve been giving me that ever since weve been in
kindergarten! Asako shouted, Oh- when are you going to
grow up and face it! Your- Art- SUCKS!!! Its terrible! I
brat? Tora asked, snapping his fingers at the boys sight,
Hey! Snap out of it! he growled.
few times, life seemed to shin back in the temple boys eyes,
after a pause, he stared at Asako, straight in the eyes.
taken back, something in his tough, piercing eyes felt- hurt? Did she
hurt him? She just told him the truth, and no one ever said the truth
is always nice. What? she couldnt help but snap.
didnt mean that
did you? Ushio asked,
unfortunately, lower than she had thought he would.
she paused, In a way, I did. She crossed
her arms and gave a straight face.
Was all what Tora whispered before spearing a glance at the boy,
Alright, female, it seems to me that youre not as nice as
I used to think you were.
blinked, only to gain a wicked smile, Why Tora! I never thought
you cared about what happens to Ushio!
that, Tora stuttered, I dont! Its just- bad moods tend to
make human flesh taste more like sour. I hate sour!
Ushio snarled, his eyes shaded when he hung his head,
he then just walked away, slid a door open and headed towards the
Shigure called, I think you were a bit harsh.
suites him right. She huffed and headed back to her seat.
still, gazing at where the boy left, Great, you just had to
blow my bubble, didnt you? I was having fun back there.
grow up! Asako snarled at him, picked up her teacup and took a
the beast cursed, and then walked towards the
it sure had gotten quite. Shigure sighed, You know,
Asako. Ushios art isnt always bad.
right. She smirked, only to give a snort after it, Im
telling you, he drew a picture of me back when we were in elementary,
I looked like a pig! she growled, It was so
Ushio drew one of me, once. I looked like a dead old cherry tree.
The priest chuckled.
dont look the least bit like a tree. She smiled, humored
by the comment.
the priest smiled back. Turning to look at the kitchen door, the old
man frowned, Tora? You had better not have your hands on the
meat buns, understand?
late! the beast said, soon followed by a chuckle.
the grey-haired man frowned, got up and headed towards the kitchen,
Those were supposed to be for supper! he stood at the
door and cupped his hip.
Id care. The beast chuckled, licking his fangs, he passed
by the old man and back to the living room. And another thing,
I think Ill be going out for a while, think you can handle the
brat while Im gone?
Shigure frowned, Tora! Its raining out there, and you
The beast muttered and walked out.
Shigure and Asako paused.
do you think hes going? Asako asked.
dont know. The priest shrugged. But anyway, its
a bit late, how about you have supper with us?
really, I need to be heading home.
seems to me that your father is taking his sweet time, no?
Shigure arched a brow.
Asako pouted, Im never gonna understand my parents.
dont, then who would?
do you think I was too harsh on Ushio? she asked, now guilt
glassy in her eyes, I mean his art is still ugly, but I guess I
said it too loud.
He soothed, I know that you were probably irritated from all
the noise, but now since the room is quite, you should rest.
you. She smiled, Id like that. If
only my dad would get off his lazy butt and get over here!
Ill go check on Ushio, just in case hes still in his
is? Why? He cant leave the room while were here.
he can use the bedroom window and pass us by the rooftops.
Shigure shrugged, He uses that a lot when wanting me not to
know hes there.
Why? What does he do?
was probably so up-set at you he ran off looking for a demon to beat
Good luck for the poor sucker hes gonna meet then.
It was dark and damp, the roof was with spots of water, leaking
through the unseen gaps, droplets of rain poured into that room as
only a curled shadow sat there, a long thin object faithfully propped
by its side. The creature lifted its head, lazy eyes stared
blankly as another figure entered the room, wide, silver slit-eyes
and a growl, tumbling slightly in irritation.
knew Id find you here. The orange demon snarled, Never
thought youd feel so offended about that, brat. Do you like
doing art that much?
frown, Ushio only sighed, Aw screw you. With that, he hid
his face under his folded arms, yet also hugging his knees.
strolling closer to the boy, sitting back on his hunches, he stared
across the room, Gee, I dont remember the basement being
this reeky. He gave a face, Its stinks of my old blood.
An uncomfortable shiver traveled down his spine.
funny, Ushio looked up with a pale smile, this place
seems the only spot, -beside my room- that actually makes me feel
find my old prison- safe? the demon asked, surprised.
kind of creepy, no?
really, for some demons, a cretin spot where something special had
accrued is counted sacred. So does this mean that brat finds comfort
in my prison because of our first encounter?
did your brain just pop a bubble? You just zoned out on me back
there. The boy taunted but with concern.
I find it strange. Tora said quietly, a rumble in his words,
You find comfort in one of my most dreaded hellholes?
said it was creepy! the boy shrugged. Thunder struck, and the
pair gazed outside for a few seconds.
like the storm is kicking in. the beast growled, Youd
better get back to your room before you soak yourself to death.
arched a brow.
this place attracts more than just irritation, okay? I dont
like it here because it brings back dreaded memories, so if you stay
here, youd probably have the same. Some dreams are so dreaded
to me, theyre almost real. He growled slowly before
heading towards the door.
kind of like it here.
Ushio! I dont want you to stay here! Go to your room, at-least
it here just fine, thank you very much! Ushio growled,
Tora hissed, Then dont come blaming me if you get vague
dreams! he sneered before leaving the basement.
Ushio sat there for a while, thinking and tossing-turning thoughts in
his head, about what Asako said about his art, about what Tora said
about his art, about how he felt about both and his passion for art
more than battle
okay, so thats a bit out of the loop,
sure he didnt like battle, but he did fight with passion, not
that he thought of it before.
After a few minutes of thinking, Ushio rubbed his sleepy eyes and
rested his back on the wall, eyes closed
for a minute, he felt
as if the room had no wall, and there was a cold, chilling breeze
roughly pushing into his face, long hair in his face tickled his
nose, so he moved his hand up to brush it back.
pain suddenly zapped him, right in the socket of his shoulder.
He cried, oh-God only knew how he cried, it was pain, sheer bloody
pain, something hot and cold in the same time burned and froze his
blood, it pierced through his flesh like a monster, it burned, hot
like lava, and it was cold and hard like ice, hard like stone, there
was thunder and lighting, and there was a cold stone holding his
your days of bloodshed are over
I think not human!
the hell! Ushios eyes widened, his hair was in his
face, and it was orange? He was sitting on a dirty ground with a
tall, thin man wearing somewhat-baggy clothes in front of him, and
something was digging through his flesh.
It was long,
perhaps 7 or 8 feet long with a metal head and a base with tattered
silk- the-- Spear
He was in
the middle of a wasteland, nothing before him but a scrawny man with
long hair, tired glaring eyes and the Spear digging through his own
your measly stick wont stop me, human! Toras voice
came from his mouth, and he could sense hatred filling them, so hot
and raged, so- pained?
and perhaps not, Nagatobimaru, but I hear by sentence you for 500
years of imprisonment for the blood you had split.
years? Is that all? Oh? And who claimed you as
ruler? You measly goddamned little whelp
the master of myself, beast, I need not a ruler to tell me what to
do, but I do needs friends that will warn me when I do wrong.
Bah! Such rubbish! the beast sneered. Friends abandon
you when they find you in no use for all I know, there is no
such thing as friendship
paused, he could actually hear Toras thoughts!
wouldnt mind a friend or two, sadly there arent any
faithful friends these days
Are you to kill me
now, warrior? Or are you to only mock me?
not to kill you, Nagatobimaru, I am to show you that your sins are to
be punished, and your evil soul is to be purified.
Hah! What do you think I am? Some kind of fabric? What
can be purified of their evil when treated the right way, and sadly,
yours wont be pretty
What the frigin hell is this scrawny
coot babbling about? Whats he gonna do? Scrub me in a river or
For a minute, it felt as if time had whooshed pass the boy, and in a
minute, he closed his eyes, then he heard talking and shuffling feet?
He opened his eyes, and tiredly lazy, he felt week and barely able to
move, as if the spear was draining out his strength.
People were walking all around him, carrying huge stones, fixing it
around him in a wide square sized room, they have finished the wall
behind him, and the room was spreading to his sides, he could see the
samurai who pinned him busy pounding rocks into the stairs, adjusting
paused, the look in the samurais eyes seemed sad, as if he was
sorry for doing this to Tora, in fact, he actually came closer to the
tired beast, trying to comfort.
you like to say anything before the work ends? the samurai
spoke in a weary, exhausted tone, glancing with sorrow at the spear.
need it, human, why dont you take it and keep both of us out of
Tora muttered. And perhaps get us
both out of this misery
defeated by a human, such an insult!
think not, beast. To protect my home, my family and people, I need to
keep you here where I could keep an eye on you.
not understand this, Nagatobimaru, I hold no hate against you, but I
only intend to stop your mindless-killing, we are not toys for you to
tear whenever bored nor are we squirrels for you to chase like a mad
dog! We are humans! We have been gifted from the God to know and
understand our creation to know and understand our nature, but to do
every single thought that comes in mind is merely an animals
but Ushio was able to hear his thoughts.
I am no animal, I am a beast, I think like a human though I do not
look like one
not an animal! Im not that simple minded!
Tora/Nagatobimaru snarled angrily.
that you arent. the samurai nodded, but then knelt down,
his legs tucked under him while he sat in front of the beast,
Nagatobimaru, of-course you know there it would only take about
a week for your chamber to be complete, if there is anything you want
to talk about, I would always be here.
to hell you little runt! I think not, human
you are to seal me, then seal me and let me die in peace
with a slight frown, the samurai rose, walking away.
Ushio paused again, he could feel a slight, frightened chill run
through his spine, was that how Tora felt at that moment? Alas, that
small thought skipped a long distance, and everything went dark, and
darker, and darker, it was so dark, the beast looked up and there was
a small opening a few feet ahead, stone steps leading outside where a
bunch of men were putting a huge doubled door and attaching the
hinges to the doorframes.
Toras mind almost whimpered, Sealed
by a human in a damned pit, the beast spear hurting me over and over
I am a fool
a fool to have thought so little of that man
A few men
started mumbling something, oiling the door and making sure it worked
Ill never know what that cute female had in mind when I met her
by the river, huh? Wonder why she winked at me
gonna die in the damned pit and my stupid male-brain is morning for
females! I am so dead!
Ushio almost mused, so the beast found a girl and actually found her
the samurais voice echoed throughout the room, arms behind his
back, and an even paler, weak smile on his face.
pretty dead, whelp. Whats the matter? Did have your breakfast
this morning? the beast taunted with a chuckle.
forced laughed, the samurai shook his head, No, beast, I
neednt food no more. I am but feeling pity for you.
It was your fault! You pinned me here! Tora shouted.
you kill! the samurai frowned in a threatening glare, You
are to stay here and think of what you have done, and perhaps it
would help purify your soul.
Tora muttered to himself in annoyance.
time to leave, Nagatobimaru, I do hope to see you after your 500
years pass by, though I doubt that I would live that long.
humans are weak, I can kill you with ease.
you can, and that is why I had the spear
it is to protect my
grandchildren from your darkness
seemed to lose balance, but quickly managed to balance himself once
more and continued.
to show you
is all about
The samurai seemed to collapse to his knees again, but with more
force, his legs unable to hold his weight no more. Right then, a
woman rushed into the room, but her face and the view became blurry,
there was nothing for Ushio to see
moment, time seemed to freeze
Brat! something touched his shoulder, and it shook, not rough,
not rude, but gently.
Ushio fluttered his hazy eyes on two wide circles, Tora?
didnt I tell you to go somewhere dry? Look at you! You look
like something a dog buried! rude knuckled knocked on his head.
reaction: use the spear to swat whatever it is thats
Damn it! What the hell was that for? Tora shouted right into
Ushios face, sending hot breath into the boys eyes.
You dont have to be do damned loud, baka!
were here all night! It stopped raining and you feel asleep here!
Tora explained, And from the look on your face, I could tell
you had one of my frigin dreams, didnt you?
yeah, kind of
Ushio sat up, a bit shaky.
one was it? The Spear going through your flesh, or the Spear going
through your flesh, or was it the Spear going through your flesh? Or
maybe it was Spear going through your flesh, hmm? Tora mocked.
think it was Spear going through my flesh
one, huh? Humph
and something about the samurai
Wait a second, the Samurai had nothing of it
happened to my ancestor after he pinned you down here?
angry grunt, Tora snorted, What else? He couldnt live
without the spear so he kicked the bucket!
have any kids?
if he werent married before he pinned me, where the hell do you
think you came from?
dunno, maybe I was his nephew or something.
have his blood, and that what made it easier for the spear to get
There was a
female left a while ago, brat. Tora spoke.
Ushio got up and dusted his clothes, but then sneezed.
you caught a cold. Tora growled.
sniffled, silently he walked out of the basement, pale and shivering.
watched, irritated, but then followed.
Its been two days now and Ushios cold had almost left. In
the living room, watching a movie, the temple boy held his mug and
sighed, his father had vanished- again! And Tora was on the roof,
probably sleeping. Ushio couldnt help but remember what had
happened the past two days, the dream about the samurai had occupied
his head, filled his whole thinking and the part with reading Toras
thoughts felt a bit weird.
Ushio took a
sip of his drink, and then closed his eyes, trying to relax.
brows knotted, but then relaxed again, it was just Tora.
the beast walked into the room, Hey Brat.
been pretty dead quite lately, whats the matter? the
Ushio took a sip then sighed again, I was
just wondering, if the spear has been in the basement for 500 years,
why did it have to be me that un-pinned you?
shrugged, Beats me
his eyes, lazily his eyes glared, grinning.
waiting until the ringing pain left his skull, Tora snarled and
muttered curses before he leaped after the laughing boy, Come
back here you damned little ass!
Ushio dodged a hand full of claws, Cmon throw-rug! I need
a warm up to get rid of this damn cold!
not with my skull youre not! shouting threats, Tora sped
after the boy.
outside, but the second he opened the door, he slammed head first to
Ushio-Baka! Watch where youre going! Asako shirked,
sending her fist to his head.
feeling her hard knuckles, Ushios teary eyes glared up at her,
but he was just about to speak when Toras knuckles added a new
set of lumps on his head.
This goes to show you, females can be scary!
resented that remark with a scowl.
Sorry! Ushio whined as he stood up, then blinked his ebony
haired friend, Why are you here Asako, anyway?
she reached back to her back-pockets and took out tickets, Theres
a circus at the edge or town, Mayuko and I thought of going there,
then Mayuko thought you might want to come, so we got you an extra
one. She extended the tickets for him to see.
them, Karakuri Circes? he paused, A puppet show?
blinked up at her, curious.
that Im sorry about yesterday, I didnt mean to say those
still think you need a long time to get the result you want, though.
the temple boy grinned, Fine by me!
Whats that? Tora asked while staring at the tickets,
a show where a bunch of people play with dolls that are attached with
strings and move them, it takes talent to perform it right.
Asako explained with a smile.
the fun in that? the beast frowned.
understand when you see it, Tora. Askao smiled, And since
you can go unseen, you dont need a ticket, though I doubt the
Circus master would accept a demon in his show!
I can see it now, the worlds stupidest acrobat demon, Tora the
clown! Ushio laughed and dodged another fisted knuckle.
brat! Tora snarled.
laughed, Anyway, are you two coming?
Then wed better start moving, Mayuko is probably waiting for us
there right now.
far is it? the temple boy asked, then turned around to close
the door and slip on his shoes.
an hour, if we hurry.
faster, Tora smiled then smirked at the boy, after all, I
We could get on Toras back, itd be faster. Asako
clapped her hand.
Thats not what I meant! Tora hollered, but then the
spears pointy head threatened to pierce his nose, Tch~!
Sitting on four, Ushio settled himself on the beast then reached out
a hand, Asako took it and climbed aboard. Tora only snorted. After
they were settled, Tora leaped and headed after Asakos
directing. Minutes later they arrived at the gate, and Mayuko was
there, smiling and waiting. After their hellos, the group
entered the tent and enjoyed the evening, even though Tora kept
making a fuss out of everything, -claiming that popcorn sticks
between his teeth!- but all in all, they had a good time and all was
well once more.
ENDING! I know, and Im sorry! I just felt like writing
something with more thoughts than action, I had an adventure swarming
around my head, but I had to push it back, I dont feel like
writing action right about now
been a while since I last updated my last few fics if not all
ofem! O_o;- but Im working on a few other fics from other
Anime and Games
Hope you liked this fic thgouth