SIDE NOTE: Okay, for those of you who have not read my other fics, then you probably don't know what a weirdo I am on the first chapters. In every side note on every first chapter I'll ramble on and on and on. A lot. Anywho, for those of you who have not ready my Yu- Gi- Oh fic, "Medieval Duel Monsters", you should, it's immensely good. Well... um, I'm conceited, too. Well, anyway, if you haven't read it, ignore that first bit, and I'll tell you this fic has some stuff related to it. It'll have some medieval content and it'll definitely involve people riding dragons. And, um, if you decide you want to read this, but then you find you absolutely despise it, and nothing you ever leave in a review will even come close to a gentle "I didn't like it very much, but I'm sure other people do, so that's good" kind of thing, then don't leave hissy- fit reviews or nasty, mean reviews. I'm a sensitive person. I don't mind constructive criticism, though. Improvements, or suggestions, like. I whole- heartedly welcome those. Well, now that you've seen one of my legendary babblements, please read on!
Hiei zipped from tree to tree, hoping to tire himself out before he headed over to the temple. It was supposed to be some sort of celebration... a birthday; that's what Yukina had told him. Every year he remembered the others begging him to join them in some sort of gathering, and he had always refused, preferring his solitude to the overpowering smells and drunken bellowing. However, this time Yukina had gotten to him before any of the others had and asked him to join them. Knowing he would have felt too guilty to refuse, he agreed to go. Besides, this wasn't just any birthday celebration; it was Yukina's. Yukina's, and obviously his own.
Anyway, the reason he was trying to rid himself of his energy was so he wouldn't have to listen to the fool's rambling on and on about how he "got Yukina the best gift," how he "loved her with all his heart," and other garbage like that. He figured he'd fall asleep as soon as he got there at this rate. As a yawn escaped him, he realized that this was probably the best time to head for the temple. A swift change in direction and he was off.
"Hiei! Oh, I'm so glad you came!" Hiei stiffened slightly as his sister threw her arms around him. Quickly withdrawing, Yukina grabbed Hiei's wrist and pulled him inside, chattering excitedly about the party. "I've never had a birthday party before! Kazuma planned it all out for me. Isn't he sweet? He said 'everyone should celebrate the birthday of a perfect girl like you.' He made me blush." Yukina's cheeks turned red at the thought. "Come on, sit down, Hiei! You're the first one here, besides Kazuma, but Kazuma's been here since one in the morning anyway."
Hiei reluctantly sat down, a little nervous that his normally quiet sister was being so chatty.
"Yukiiiiiiinaaaaa!" Kuwabara popped his scrunched- looking face around the corner. "Come here so you can tell me which cake you like best!"
"Coming!" Yukina dashed around the corner. Seconds later, Hiei could hear, "Kazuma, how many cakes did you buy?!" Hiei pressed himself closer into the chair. This was going to be a loooooooong day.
The others arrived shortly after Hiei had. The party had been going on for an hour and a half since then. So far, Hiei had managed to avoid only a few cheesy party games that only the fool could have thought up. Hiei had managed to get out of something called "Blind Man's Bluff" where you were blindfolded and had to touch someone so they could be blindfolded instead; "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" a ridiculous game where you pinned a piece of string to a poster of a donkey; and two other games that he couldn't remember the name of. He'd only gotten out of those because Kuwabara had thought he would use his Jagan eye to cheat. Well... not that he wouldn't have.
Shortly before the fool decided Yukina should open all ten gifts he had bought for her, Hiei fell asleep. He woke up later to a strange melody coming from the kitchen. He listened quietly for a moment and this is what it sounded like:
"...happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Yukina! Happy birthday to you!"
Hiei yawned. 'Happy birthday to me... happy birthday to me...' He yawned again. "Happy birthday to me... hn. Not that anyone would ever want to celebrate the day someone like me was born. I'm sure no one in my family would..." He sighed. "Oh well. Happy birthday to me... happy birthday to me..."
"Hiei?" Hiei stopped singing to himself abruptly. Yukina came in, holding a plate with what looked like ice cream cake on it. "I brought this out for you, Hiei. I'm sure you'll want some."
"Um... no thank you, I'm not hungry," Hiei turned away.
Yukina sat down next to him. "Hiei, what's wrong?"
"You just turned down sweet snow; don't tell me nothing's wrong." She was answered with silence. She sighed. "I bet I know what it is. I heard you singing to yourself."
Hiei's eyes widened. "You did?"
Yukina nodded. "Mmhmm. Hiei, why didn't you tell anyone it was your birthday, too? I'd be so happy if we could celebrate our birthdays together!"
"I... I don't think anyone else would really care to—"
"Now, don't say that, Hiei! Come on; everyone will be happy!" Without another word, Yukina dragged her brother to the kitchen.
'Ugh; I'm never going to celebrate my birthday again!' Hiei stumbled into the first room he could find, desperate to get away from all that accursed noise. The others nearly had to force him to "have fun," Yukina and Botan had tried to force- feed him ice cream cake, and if he had to hear "Happy Birthday to you" one more time he would destroy something, or more likely SOMEONE. He slumped over in one corner of the room and prayed that this was a good hiding place.
After he caught his breath, he wondered exactly where his hiding place was. He glanced around the dimly lit room, finding it full of shelves and large bookcases. 'A library...' He stood and ran his gaze across the many books on the shelves. As he reached the third row of books, one book in particular caught his eye. 'The Dragon Realm...? I've never heard of such a place...' He took the book off the shelf and began reading.
"I see you've found my library," the voice made Hiei jump. Genkai chuckled, stepping further into the room to see what Hiei had found. "The Dragon Realm... hmm... doesn't surprise me that one would be the book to catch your eye."
"I'm just trying to get away from that stupid party..."
"Oh, yes," Genkai smirked. "If you like that book so much, you can have it. It's not like I ever look at it anymore." She sighed. "All these years of trying to find that so- called Dragon Realm and failing; I've given up. So it's all yours." Genkai's smirk grew. "Just call it your birthday gift."
Hiei scowled. "Right. Just don't ever give me any 'birthday gifts' again."
"Hiei, this is certainly a pleasant surprise," Kurama had opened his door to find Hiei sitting just outside his window. He'd just now opened the window so the small fire demon could jump inside. "I would have expected you to avoid us after your little unexpected party at the temple."
"Don't get so excited, fox; I just came here so I could read," Hiei immediately seated himself on Kurama's bed, curled up in one corner and already reading. Kurama blinked in surprise.
"Where did you get that book, Hiei?" he peered closely at the cover. "It doesn't look like anything I've ever seen."
"I found it in Genkai's library," Hiei mumbled in the tone of someone who is very engrossed in what they are reading. "She said I could have it..."
"I see," Kurama sat at the desk placed next to his bed. "Would you mind telling me why you chose my place to read?"
"Yusuke's and the fool's are too noisy, I am NOT going back to that damned temple, and it's raining outside."
"It's not..." Kurama looked outside. His window was splattered with water droplets. "Oh... never mind." He sighed. "Well, read all you like; but I'm going to need sleep soon."
Hiei looked up from the book momentarily to raise an eyebrow at the red- haired kitsune. "So?"
"So... you're sitting on my bed."
"Oh... right." Hiei went back to his book.
SIDE NOTE: Um... right. Did you like it? I hope so... this first chapter's a little boring, but it won't be so boring next chapter. So... well, please review (if you have helpful constructive criticism, nice things to say, or even just a little "eh, not to my liking," but no meanie bean stuff!). And check my bio for info on updates!