Disclaimer and notes: Well, in honor of my friend Sam FINALLY getting an email address AND an account on I am posting up the sequel to The Dragon Realm! A lot of people have been bugging me about this, so I thought, what the heck? Hopefully those who have read The Dragon Realm will read this. So, I leave you to it! Enjoy!
Hiei delicately landed in the middle of the hallway where his predecessor stood, back to him. True, he had not been to Demon World in quite a long time, but since a certain special someone pulled her realm into it, he just had to come back. Thus, he took up his old place as Mukuro's heir. Needless to say, the bionic woman was more than pleased that he had come back, though she was not aware of the reason.
"You called for me?" Hiei asked with the tone of someone who had just been pulled out of something he'd rather not have been. In this case, he'd been with Hebidoshi, the queen of the realm of dragons and his—what humans would call—girlfriend.
"I apologize for calling you on such short notice," Mukuro said, noting his irritated tone of voice. "But I did have something of importance to bring up." This didn't help Hiei's mood all that much.
"Which would be…?"
"I am sure you are aware of the shift in dimensions that occurred not long ago?"
Hiei raised an eyebrow. She was, of course, referring to the Dragon Realm being pulled into Makai. "Yes, I am. What of it?"
"The realm that was pulled in here holds a massive civilization and a powerful leader," the (beyond ugly) woman answered. "And I have recently learned that both Yomi and Raizen are planning to overtake this realm and mold it into part of their kingdom. I, being a leader myself, cannot let this opportunity pass me by and allow my rival kingdoms to obtain it. So I want you to help me in this task."
Hiei was already shocked by the fact that Hebidoshi's kingdom was in danger of being overpowered, but he was sent reeling when Mukuro asked him to try and accomplish the same thing. However, in order to help Hebidoshi, he would have to keep his cool. "And…how were you planning to overtake this kingdom?"
"By kidnapping the leader, of course." Mukuro turned to her heir, smirking. Hiei tried his hardest not to show his anger and overwhelming fear for his love. "Without their ruler, the kingdom will fall apart. I will force the queen to bend to my will and thus take her entire kingdom in my grasp. All you have to do, Hiei, is capture the queen for me."
Hiei quickly searched his brain in anxiety, desperately searching for something to stall this. "It…it will be…difficult, even for me. There are dragons guarding the gate at all hours, and their police force is extensive and watchful. The queen is under constant protection. There is no way I will be able to do this in one night."
"In that case, gain the queen's trust," Mukuro suggested, bypassing all of his excuses with little thought. "Enter her court and become her most trusted member. In no time you will be able to lure her here without the need for an escapade. You can do this, I'm sure…or are you not the same Hiei that I know as my heir?"
Hiei swallowed. He was unable to think of anymore excuses. So he simply nodded. "Of course. I will get the queen to you with little trouble."
Mukuro grinned. "Good. I'm counting on you, Hiei." Hiei did not reply, but vanished, back to the kingdom to warn Hebidoshi of the danger to her. There was no doubt she'd be as shocked as he was.
"Took them long enough," Hebidoshi scoffed, examining her claws. "I mean, seriously, it's been what, a month? I was waiting for this; I thought the leaders in this realm were stupid or something. It's a golden opportunity!"
Then again, Hiei had learned long ago to expect the unexpected with Hebidoshi. "You must understand, Mukuro has asked me to capture you! That means the others could be plotting the same thing!" The cat-eared girl shrugged.
"So, we'll keep an eye out." Hebidoshi glanced up at Hiei's anxious and worried face. She smiled and swept over to him, giving him a kiss on the cheek. "Look, I'm going to be careful. I've been expecting this, and that's why I'm taking every precaution. I've got procedures all planned out in case I am captured. If anyone wants to take over my kingdom, they won't be able to without starting a serious war. Don't worry."
Hiei turned red. "I'm not worried. You can take care of yourself."
The bronze-haired girl's black tail curled upward and affectionately tapped Hiei on the nose. "That I can, darling, that I can. So cheer up! You're not going to kidnap me, and if anyone else does…" She chuckled. "I can guarantee that my kingdom won't be the only thing going crazy." Hiei sighed.
"Damn it, you're such a cocky little brat," he sighed in frustration. "How the hell did I fall in love you, anyway? You don't have some sort of love potion hidden somewhere, do you?"
Hebidoshi laughed a purr-like laugh. "You're too cute. Well, I've got a few new soldiers to recruit and some suitors to ward off." This struck a new nerve in Hiei's mind.
"Hey, a queen needs a king, doesn't she?" Hebidoshi pointed out, turning back and smirking at Hiei's possessive face. "But don't worry about that either; I've already got the perfect king in mind."
Hiei returned her smirk. "In that case, let me take care of the suitors. You get on with the recruits."
"Will do. Thanks, love." With those final words, Hebidoshi walked off, and Hiei headed for the front gate where all the suitors were lined up. Hiei scowled.
"I require an audience with the queen of this kingdom!" one demanded. "On the account that I will become her king! Fetch her for me!"
"Sorry," Hiei raised a flaming fist. "I don't take orders from hopeless fools like you. And MY Hebidoshi will not be seeing you." He didn't need to say it again. The demon suitors were gone within a few seconds. Hiei smirked in satisfaction, and then went back to the castle.