Reborn: Yoruko, posting another story already is a very stupid idea. You've still haven't finished any of your stories.
Yoruko: Yeah, probably... but I bribed a favorite fanfic author of mine, Whispering Kage with picking either what I would update next or my next new story in exchange for her updating a while ago. It's late in coming, but a promise is a promise.
Tsuna: Hiiee! I don't know how you do it, Yoruko-san!
Kagome: Are you going to finish your other stories?
Yoruko: Eventually... the top of the list is probably Count D's Petshop, as I have the most motivation for it out of my current stories.
Mukuro: Ku fu fu. I like that one. Petshop of Horrors is one of my favorite manga.
Yoruko: That doesn't surprise me much. -.-' I do agree, though. I hope I manage to read more of Petshop of Horrors Tokyo/New Petshop of Horrors.
Disclaimer: Yoruko owns neither Katekyo Hitman Reborn, nor Inuyasha. If there's something from neither of those you recognize, whatever it might be I don't own that either.
Summary: The Shikon no Tama is almost complete; everyone who knows the full story knows what that means: the "final battle" against Naraku is approaching quickly. Little does Kagome's friends know that she isn't by any means what she seems. For one thing, her last name isn't Higurashi. Her friends just assumed that because it was the last name of the people introduced of her family. Now sixteen and having graduated Jr. high mostly thanks to part time home-schooling, Kagome starts to attend high school at the same school as her older brother in Namimori. However, things won't be quiet even when Naraku is dead. As Kagome and her brother get dragged into the antics of her acual friend's increasingly crazy life, they find themselves dragged into the world of the mafia because of the plotting of said friend's tutor, a sadistic 'baby' named Reborn. The name of said friend? Tsunami Sawada. fem!Tsuna/Dino & Kagome/Mukuro
Warnings: light language, some violence, fem!Tsuna, possible implications of yaoi/shonen-ai, (but no actual shonen-ai pairings that I can think of) Inuyasha bashing, possible Kikyo bashing, & possible light Haru bashing. (I don't really like Haru very much.)
The Winds of Change
Kagome got on the train and sat down, sighing mentally. Finally, a moment to herself. Kagome, not one to miss out on an opportunity to relax, closed her eyes so that it appeared she was sleeping to most. It had been over a year since the creature apparently known as Mistress Centipede pulled her down the Bone Eater's Well. Kagome was sixteen now. Thanks to partial home-schooling, she was current with other students her age.
Quite a bit had changed since then. Kagome's friends in the Feudal Era were surprised at how far she had come. She couldn't blame them, though, she had been pretty into keeping up appearances, thus seeming defenseless. However, she quickly got sick of the constant kidnap situations and near-death experiences. What did surprise her friends was how she seemingly hadn't changed. This was mostly true, though. They did, however, seem the most surprised by most likely occurrence- she had formed an alliance with Sesshomaru.
Oh, she knew what they all thought. She'd heard them speculating- she was usually right there when they were talking about it. They all, however, except for Inuyasha, as he to stubborn to either realize or admit it, knew that it was highly unlikely that they would ever know. (This was actually true- even if she thought there was a reason for them to know, this was one situation where the saying 'A magician never reveals his secrets.' applies.) All they knew was that Sesshomaru now merely stayed out of reach when Inuyasha was attacking him (thus showing off his speed) and that he now worked with them against common enemies and 'pests' that affected or hindered both parties.
Miroku and Shippo last she checked seemed to think that her unusual personality and almost unheard of level of acceptance for and tolerance of different races added to that fact that Kagome has had a habit of protecting and helping to care for Rin in the past probably earned her his respect. Though, Miroku seems to also think that her lack of fear towards him and her refusal to remain helpless and reliant on others had something to do with it.
As far as Kagome can tell, Sango just thinks that Sesshomaru, being the more mature of the two brothers, was simply tired of the petty squabbles and so approached Kagome, the most likely to listen, to work out a truce. Kagome ignores this lack of confidence but still finds her supposed friend's lack of faith annoying. Inuyasha, of course, seems to disagree with all three of them but refuses (more like couldn't but refused to admit it) to come up with his own theory.
Kagome smirked. Almost a month after she graduated and they all still took her at face value. Except for Shippo and Sesshomaru, that is. As a kitsune, he could tell that she was acting for the most part because after she told him that it was a game he decided that he wanted to see everyone's reactions when she simply stopped acting. Sesshomaru was simply really observant and so had realized that she wasn't as she appeared. When she said that it was a game when he mentioned it after she approached him to form the alliance he simply and stated that he would be there to see Inuyasha's reaction when he finds out.
Kagome sighed mentally. Acting constantly could be tiring. It made it harder to deal with fools and people that annoy her. It would all be worth it though. (The hilarity of Inuyasha's reaction would be a bonus.) She remembered how this all started, back when she was sent to live on the shrine.
"But Nii-san I don't want to leave! I want to stay with you and Kaa-san!" a seven year old Kagome said.
A boy, only a year or two older than her, sighed. "You know why she wants you to stay with her brother and his family."
"... I'll miss you though." she said sadly.
"Will you promise to behave if I give you a game to pass the time while you're there?" he asked.
Kagome perked up. She loved games. Especially the ones her big brother came up with when he was in a good enough mood for things like that. "What kind of game?"
"If you can last without lashing out at herbivores until your sixteenth birthday, I'll owe you something." he said.
"Now approaching Namimori Station. Now approaching Namimori Station." said a voice over the intercom, bringing Kagome out of her thoughts.
She stood up, glad that the train hadn't been too crowded. She was finally here, right on time, too. That was good. It was annoying when she was late for something, especially when nothing had happened to delay her. Also, her brother wouldn't be very happy with her... Well, that wasn't happening so it wasn't like it mattered.
Around twenty minutes later, Kagome arrived at the park. She walked to a slightly isolated area. On top of a hill was a cherry tree overlooking a pond. Being spring, the tree was full of sakura blossoms. She walked up the hill and to the tree. Sitting at the base of the tree, leaning against the trunk was a black haired teenage boy a year or two older than her. His eyes were closed at the moment, hiding his eye color, but Kagome knew better than to think that he was actually asleep. As soon as she reached him his eyes opened, proving Kagome's point and revealing themselves to be a gray-blue color. (AN: KHR fans if this is inaccurate let's just say that since I think I may have seen his eyes described as being blue on some occasions and gray on others I made a compromise.)
"... You look well." he stated, not really one for idle chatter.
"As well as can be expected when my traveling companions can't seem to go longer than a couple of hours without some kind of argument." Kagome said. (She never even considered attempting to lie to her brother about her trips to the past. It would never work for long.)
"I don't see why you but up with the brash mutt." her brother replied, as close to complaining as he got.
She grinned in return. "It can be so fun to mess with them though. When I end the game I'm very much looking forward to their reactions."
"... You do know you could have ended the game already?" if people could see her brother talking so much in a single conversation she was sure some would be so surprised they nearly got a heart attack.
Kagome smirked. "Right now I'm still having too much fun. When my game loses purpose or the new school year starts, then I'll end the game." she said.
What she left unspoken, knowing her big brother knew it without it being said, was that she would drop the act- or 'mask' as some might call it- would also be dropped if a situation arose where she found it more advantageous to be her real self. He merely nodded, knowing there was little he could do in this one situation and knowing that she could take care of herself. Even if the thought of not being able to help or if needed protect her made him irritable... The days where such thoughts soured his mood by crossing his mind those around him tended to suffer. He sighed mentally and shook the annoying thoughts out of his head, confident that his little sister was far too hard to kill to be brought down by a foe that was so weak he needed artificial power. And she wasn't even showing off half of what she could do... he was very proud of his sister.
"What do you want?" he asked.
"Hm?" she clearly wasn't sure what he meant.
"I promised you when I suggested this little game of yours, so as a birthday present I'll hold up my end of the bargain. What do you want?"
"..." she thought for a second. "When your school starts the new school year, I get to attend classes without a fuss being made over my supposed bad health or my attendance record. And I want that one motorcycle."
How could he say no to that? He trusted her on a motorcycle more than he trusted the public transportation system. Many herbivores were perverts or idiots, after all. And if she started taking high-school level classes at his high school then he could keep an eye on her and see her more. Of course, if anyone ever found out he'd bite them to death...
"All right, Imouto." he said.
"... Kyo-nii? Can I move in with you when I'm finished with the Feudal Era?" she asked.
He smiled softly. Things had changed since nine years ago. Things were more stable now. Their father still didn't come around very often because his job kept him away so much, but their mother, who couldn't manage to leave the house often because she never really recovered, would be ecstatic to have her back. He missed her too, of course.
"Of course you can, Kagome. I'd say you've put up with the herbivores Okaa-san is related to long enough." Though he knew that she'd gotten attached in spite of herself...
She smiled brightly and hugged him. He returned the embrace. "I love you, Kyouya Nii-chan."
Next time on KHR 2.0: A confrontation against Naraku brings the quest and Kagome's 'game' to an early and altogether unexpected end when the 'hanyou' when he invokes her wrath. Kagome's friends are very shocked at the girl beneath the mask most hadn't realized existed. Then, of course, she starts attending Namimori High School along with her brother. This leads to an unexpected reunion.
Hibari: Are you really pairing the girl who is supposed to be my sister with the pineapple herbivore?
Yoruko: You would be one of the other top choices... but there's already a few oneshots and story pairing her with you. Besides, in this one you're Kagome's brother. I refuse to even consider incest.
Hibari: And the other choices?
Yoruko: Mukuro's one of my favorite characters and this pairing just seemed to fit.