As requested this has now been made into it's own story under 'All Because of a Tree'
Disclaimer: I do not, nor will I ever own Yu Yu Hakusho or anything affiliated with said show. Though I do own Ani and her witty comments.
"Dammit, I'm up all ready." A female's voice grumbled from underneath her black comforter. Sitting up, the almost 18 year old threw her blanket off of her body and stared at the clock that said it was barely 6 o'clock in the morning. Standing up, she yawned before stretching the kinks out of her back. Running a hand through her chin length black and red streaked hair, the 5'11" high school senior grumbled about stupid alarm clocks and the annoying brothers that set them. Opening her closet she found a pair of black cargo pants that she had decorated with assorted types of chains and put them on. Moving to her dresser she pulled on a tight black t-shirt that said If You Were Twice as Smart, You'd Still be Stupid. She grabbed her favorite combat boots and headed out of her room. Usually she'd get revenge on her brother for waking her up on a Saturday, but today she just felt like walking through the park. When she got to the kitchen she left her mom a brief note explaining where she was, and took off down the street.
Suddenly her cell phone started ringing. "Hello, this is Ani speaking. Who are ya and what do you want?" She answered politely.
"Hey Ani." A soft voice replied giggling. "Don't you think you should stop answering your phone that way?"
"Heh, hell no Keiko. It's my phone and I'll answer it how I want." Ani replied smiling. Then she thought about what time it was and freaked. "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING CALLING MY CELL THIS EARLY IN THE FREAKING MORNING?" She screamed at her best friend.
Gulping, Keiko tried to calm down her angered friend. "W-well I figured that your brother would pull his famous stunt and that you'd already be awake. You were awake, right?" She asked worriedly.
"Yeah, I was." Ani said trying to hold back her laughter. Keiko was just too easy to goad. "So getting back on subject, what exactly did you call me for?"
"Huh…Oh yeah, I called to see if you'd like to go on a double date with me and Yusuke tonight." Keiko replied happily. Yusuke has been her boyfriend for two years now and they loved spending time together.
Ani stopped walking and almost dropped her phone. "I must not have heard you right." She said dazedly. "It sounded like you asked if I wanted to go out on a date with you and your boy toy."
Laughing nervously, Keiko tried to come up with something to say that would not make her friend hang up on her. "Hehe, well you see…Yusuke has this friend that he thinks might get along well with you, and being as how you think all the guys around you are complete morons I figured I'd help set you up with someone different." Cringing, she waited for her friends' explosion.
"YOU WHAT?" Ani yelled. "WHAT MAKES YOU THINK I WOULD BE WILLING TO GO ON A DATE WITH SOME STRANGE GUY?"
"Now don't be like that Ani, it's only a few friends going out together. So it's not like an actual date." Keiko said pleadingly. "And like I said before, he's Yusuke's close friend so please calm down." And then, knowing it would get her friend to cave, she began to pout. "But, I suppose if you don't want to I could try to find someone else."
Growling, Ani hung her head. She hated when Keiko started pouting, it makes her agree to just about anything. Sighing she replied. "Fine, I'll go with you and Yusuke tonight. But don't expect me to enjoy it."
"Oh thank you, thank you, thank you. You don't know how much this means to me. Well, I'll come to your house tonight at 8pm and we can carpool to the restaurant. Thanks again." Keiko chirped as she hung up.
Ani stared at her phone stupidly. 'What have I gotten myself into now?' She thought to herself. Shaking her head, she continued her walk to the park. When she got there she headed towards a secluded area that no one ever went to. She had found it a few years ago when she was wandering around the town. Walking through some hedges, she saw her spot. It was a clearing almost completely circular in size and it had a huge tree in the center. Whenever she came here she would just lounge around under the tree and bask in the sunlight. Lying down in a comfortable spot, Ani let her eyes drift shut.
Suddenly her sun became blocked and a cold voice spoke. "Move now."
Opening her eyes, she saw a somewhat short man dressed all in black, with a white bandana on his forehead and black hair that stood straight up in the air. He was glaring at her. As she stared at the man who interrupted her nap, she began to get pissed. "Who the hell died and made you boss shorty?" She asked, glaring at him heatedly.
Hiei was beyond pissed. First he had to listen to Yusuke beg about going out with him and Keiko, and now a human was in his spot. Not only that, but she had just called him short. Clenching his fists so as not to wring her puny neck, he growled softly. "This is my tree human, now leave."
Ani just looked at the annoying pest and smiled. Usually she'd just get into a fist fight and end the argument quickly, but seeing the look on the man's face she decided to have a little fun with him. "Awe, how sweet. And how long have the two of you been dating?"
Hiei froze. Had she just…yes she did. She dared to imply that he was dating a tree. His growl became louder.
She just smirked. It seemed like the pest was getting annoyed. Good, now he knows how she felt when he oh so rudely interrupted her cat nap. "So what's her name?" Ani asked, trying not to bust out laughing.
His growling continued to get louder and his eyebrow began twitching. 'How. Dare. She.' Hiei thought furiously. Gritting his teeth, he tried to calm down. But unfortunately, she opened her mouth again.
Faking a pout, Ani said "Fine, don't tell me." Then putting a finger on her chin in thought, she smiled. "I know I'll call her Treela."
Hiei clenched his hands into fists and screamed. "SILENCE!"
Ani blinked, and then began to smirk again. "You shouldn't yell like that around your girlfriend, she might get scared."
Snarling, Hiei decided to leave before he ripped the annoying humans head off.
Once the annoying little man had left, Ani let her laughter out. It had been so funny to see him practically red in the face with his anger. Wiping the tears from her eyes, she stood up and headed back towards her house. She had a lot of chores to do before Keiko came to get her later that night. Humming a tune to herself, she continued on her way.
oooooRestaurant—Later that night
Ani pulled her '74 Mustang into a parking place at the new Italian Restaurant. Stepping out of the car, she made sure her baby was locked up and then followed Keiko inside. While Keiko gave the hostess their names, Ani sat down on the bench and let her eyes wander around. It wasn't a fancy place, but she began to think that maybe she should have worn something other than what Keiko dubbed her 'punk' outfit. It consisted of baggy black pants that had tears and holes all over with fishnet stockings underneath, a black shirt that had fake blood running down the side and her boots. 'Nah.' Ani thought after seeing all the cautious glances she was receiving. 'Who cares what they think.'
"Come on Ani, the boys are already here." Keiko said as cheerful as ever as she walked towards her friend. Grabbing Ani's hand, she practically dragged her through the restaurant as she followed the hostess to their table. During the short trip to the back of the restaurant Ani continually tried to pry Keiko's hands off her arm, but after failing for the fifth time, she gave up.
"Here's your table, ladies." The hostess said politely as she bowed and took her leave.
Keiko said a quick thank you before releasing her friends hand and hugging her boyfriend Yusuke. "I missed you Yusuke." She said as he smiled down at her. Then remembering she wasn't alone she turned around to introduce Ani, when suddenly the man sitting next to Yusuke jumped up from his seat and growled.
"YOU!" The man dressed in black bit out. "What are you doing here you stupid human?"
To everyone's surprise Ani just stood there with a smirk on her face and an evil glint in her eyes. "Well, well, if it isn't the cat nap caper. I could ask you the same thing. Shouldn't you be hanging out with your girlfriend?"
Yusuke and Keiko's mouths dropped open and their eyes began to widen. "Hiei has a girlfriend?" Keiko asked bewildered. Then, glaring at her boyfriend she poked him in the chest. "Why did you have me invite Ani if your friend is already dating someone?"
Yusuke blinked and tried to wrap his mind around the news. Needless to say, it wasn't working too well. "Look Keiko, I had no idea that Hiei was already taken. This is the first I've heard about it." Turning to look at his friend, his eyes narrowed. "How come you didn't say anything?" He growled out.
Hiei just stood there dumbstruck. They actually believed this humans story about him having a girlfriend. What was wrong with those two? Deciding that he better say something to diffuse the situation, he opened his mouth to speak. But once again, she beat him to it.
Ani watched as Keiko and Yusuke turned on the guy named Hiei. Seeing the dumb look on his face she decided to stop her fun. Besides, he looked as if he might destroy the place if the conversation continued any longer. So she spoke up. "Chill out you two; it was just a little joke between the two of us, riiiiight?" She said as she dared Hiei to deny it.
"Hn. Yes, just a joke." Hiei said as he plopped down in his seat still glaring at Ani.
"O…K…" Yusuke said as he sat back down with Keiko. Suddenly Keiko's eyes widened and she slightly jumped. "Oh my, I'm so sorry I forgot to introduce you." She said to Ani. "Ani this is Hiei, Hiei this is Ani." Keiko said smiling. Seeing both parties nod in understanding, she motioned for Yusuke to order.
After the initial fight, dinner went by fairly smoothly with only a few minor insults being thrown back and forth. From there Keiko decided that they should go for a moonlit stroll through the park to which everyone agreed, albeit some of them reluctantly.
Ani had to admit she had had quite a bit of fun this evening. Never before had she gotten so much pleasure from arguing with another person. It was just so enjoyable to see the different facial expressions Hiei went through during the course of the night. And if she was reading him right he was beginning to enjoy it as much as she was. Looking up at the moon, she smiled. It was such a perfect night to be outside. Turning to face her best friend and her boyfriend, she sighed. They would definitely like some alone time. Nodding her head at her decision, Ani grabbed onto Hiei's hand. "Hey you two, we'll catch ya later ok?" She said as she dragged him off towards another part of the park.
Keiko smiled as she watched her friend drag off a stunned Hiei. That was so like her. Trying to make sure that everyone else was happy. Smiling up at Yusuke, she leaned against his chest as they stared up at the stars.
"What are you doing human?" Hiei growled as he jerked his hand away from hers.
Holding her hands up in surrender Ani sighed. "Chill out. I was just giving those two love birds some space. You don't have to stay if you don't want to."
Nodding, Hiei stood staring at her. "I will stay with you since I have nothing better to do with my time."
Ani snorted. "You sure know how to make someone feel wanted don't you?" She asked sarcastically. "But it doesn't make any difference to me what you do so, whatever." She shrugged her shoulders as she finished. Turning her back to him, she started walking towards a familiar row of bushes. Slipping between them, she walked over to her tree and plopped down beneath it. Seeing Hiei's wary eyes on her, she smiled. "Don't worry about it I'm not going to start the whole Treela thing again. Besides, I hear she likes someone else anyway." Ani said smirking.
Hearing her last comment, Hiei smirked as well. "I have never met anyone quite like you before human." He said almost politely. "Tonight has been almost, enjoyable."
"Coming from you, I'll take that as a compliment." Ani said with a smile. "Though I must admit, I did enjoy myself. It was fun messing with you. Oh, and I do apologize about the whole incident at the restaurant, however you did sort of start it so…"
"I was just surprised to see you, that's all." Hiei said shaking his head. "It is not everyday that a human manages to get me as pissed off as you did. Seeing you at the restaurant just brought all of my anger back to the surface."
Laughing, Ani smiled. "I understand. I get that from a lot of people." Looking up at the moon, her smile widened. "So, you wanna hang out again sometime?"
Looking at her prone figure, Hiei gave a small smile. There were worse things he could be doing. Leaning back against the tree, he nodded. "Sure."