Chapter - The Spider She Bitch
The group sat in the now transformed Hakuryuu driving towards the sunset. Sanzo sat in the front passenger with Hakkai at his side. Gojyo was in the back beside a bored Goku as Rayla sat barely in the the vehicle. She had been offered to sit between Hakkai and Sanzo but she declined, Rayla was beginning to regret that choice quickly.
Gojyo opens a beer loudly earning Goku's attention, "God damn it this ones hot." Gojyo complains after taking a gulp and before looking to Goku, "Goku, get me another one."
Goku's face is blank at first before he snaps, "Get your own damn beer you jerk-off."
"Okay, your going to get me another beer before I shove this empty can up your whinny little ass, you got that!"
"You just try and see what happens to you shithead!" By this point the two were butting heads.
"Your just looking for an excuse to touch my ass, aren't ya?"
"Why you little fag, Don't project your fantasies on me!"
"Alright that's it! Pull over I'm taking him out!" Goku demands standing.
Rayla had to admit she felt a little sorry for poor Hakkai, had she not been her would have had to suffer with the children alone. The thought made her smirk, just knowing how much irritation is brought Sanzo did bring her a little bit of joy... not that she would say that out loud.
Sanzo snapped, "Your little unrequited love affair is starting to get on my nerves, GET A ROOM!"
That made both Gojyo and Goku pause with a dumbfounded look, "Good move there, uh Sanzo." Hakkai said uncertain
"I thought so thanks." Sanzo replies clearly proud of himself.
Rayla sighed, "If only it could last forever!"
Hakkai continued to smile, "Oh my, it's off-ally quiet back there. You guys making out back there? Poor Ray"
"Shut up, Hakkai."
"Ya, Shut up."
Rayla pinched the bridge of her nose, "Why me?"
"Monkeys belong with their own kind." was Sanzo's reply.
An irk mark appeared again, "Says the ringleader of the primates, droopy eyes"
That was all that was needed to ignite a new fight between Sanzo and Rayla, He was one of the few besides Gojyo who could get under her skin so easily. The bickering could be heard as they continued to drive towards the beautiful sunset.
It wasn't long before they came to a small town, Goku was hungry as usual, "God, this food is awesome."
Rayla watched as the poor father and daughter had to witness both Goku's horrifying appetite but Gojyo's insistent pestering.
"Hey you H20 asshole, get your hands off that's mine!" Goku demanded of Gojyo trying to steal the pieces back.
Gojyo taunts him, "Come on.."
"Give it back you jerk-off!"
They continued arguing like children as Gojyo teased Goku by moving the piece of food before Goku could grab it back from him. Rayla knew what to expect as she watched Sanzo's patience slowly come to an end, "God give him his damn chicken and order your own!" Sanzo yells smacking Goku with his fan.
The waitress smiles behind her tray, "Geez that poor little guy.." She says as Sanzo continues to yell at Goku.
"Ah, don't feel sorry for him, by the way are you the magician in the kitchen?" Hakkai asks pretending nothing was happening.
Rayla shakes her head before stepping in to stop Sanzo from killing her poor Goku and sadly Gojyo, she sighed knowing it really wouldn't stop any of them.
"Um, yes. Do you like it?" The waitress/cook asks Hakkai.
Goku steps in to answer, "Wow, your amazing I've never eaten this good in my life ever, I mean it, thanks!"
Suddenly Goku has a shiver go through his body and he turns to find a very annoyed Rayla, "Except for you of coarse Ray-Ray!"
She merely grunts as the young girl blushes at his compliment, "Your welcome." she says before hiding more behind the tray in her hands, "I'm glad you like it."
Rayla catches the quick look Sanzo gives her before he decides to step in, "Ya, Ya right the food here is four stars, how about the demon clientele acting lately?"
"What's to say, their scum. Always were. One day they started acting like their true nature, Ugly. They killed ten people in our town and they just disappeared." was the angry shop owners reply.
Sanzo's face was thoughtful, I knew he was trying to figure out the reason or at least an idea to the random attacks by most demons. He continued silently till the young cook had a sudden outburst.
"I wish every demon would just... disappear! What they've done. The things they have done. Their Monsters! All of them, Monsters!" The sorrow in her eyes was obvious but Rayla looked with pure concern at Goku, Gojyo and Hakkai.
The father tried to comfort her before she dropped the tray and ran crying form the room. The look on Goku's face upset Rayla, she wished to protect him from all pain and chase away his loneliness. Yet she knew she couldn't heel this wound, "Goku..."
"Houmai! I'm sorry, one of those killed was a dear friend of hers." The father explains, "Will that be all?"
Later that evening Sanzo sat at a table with Gojyo while both Hakkai and Rayla stood though she was further from the men, "Too many crimes. The humans die, the survivors grieve and they grow angry. Who could blame them?" Hakkai asks out loud.
"They don't know the reason for what's happening, it justifies their prejudice." Sanzo stats.
Gojyo grumbles, "Their just humans, Their stupid and judgmental. What's the mystery?"
"Their prejudice may not threaten you but Goku and I have to wear these little restraints." Hakkai points out touching his ear rings, "And not everyone may look it as fashion."
"Goku..." Rayla whispered she knew he was suffering right now even if he would never say as much.
"Huh, speaking of him. Where is Monkey boy?" Gojyo asks.
Sanzo grunts, "Eating our doggy bags, you can bet on it."
A splitting noise caught Hakkai's attention draw his eyes out the window and into the alley. Rayla acknowledged that it was Goku with the young girl, he was chopping wood for her. She gave a secret smile towards his chivalry, when Sanzo sneezed she knew Goku had mentioned something bad about him.
She listened to the young girls story understanding her heart ache but knew Goku was stuck in a difficult position as he looked up at them. The girls words hurt him but Rayla knew he wouldn't be able to tell her the truth out of the fear he may hurt or scare her.
The group confronted Goku as he came up the stairs, "Goku, you didn't tell her anything did you? I don't think she would handle it all that well." Hakkai asked him causing Goku to look up.
"Ya, I hear ya." Goku said lowering his head slightly. Rayla walked over to his side putting a comforting hand on his shoulder. His comment caused the others to laugh but Ray kept her eye on Goku.
"Oh great the carnival's in town."
All their attentions were grabbed at that comment as they looked over the railing in curiosity.
"Ooooh, Yeah!" Gojyo said excited, "I'd love to show a couple of those carnival beauties what's under my big top!"
"Lecher." Rayla grumbles but was clearly ignored except for Goku who nodded.
Hakkai pointed out the obvious, "To much information!"
Something caught Sanzo's attention which put Ray on alert but Goku interrupted, "The hotels book preacher man but I had the fore sight to book a couple of vacant singles so you can say thank you now."
"Thank you now" was Sanzo's sarcastic reply.
"I say we all stay together tonight in case the local demon contingency gets antsy and wants a midnight snack." Sanzo suggests before adding, "And if we are going to stick together tonight, I'm going to need a little me time before bed. Later." With that he walked away.
Goku yawns and Gojyo comments, "I can't wait" before following in the same direction.
"It warms my heart to see us getting along with each other so well. Good times" Hakkai says with a warm smile. Rayla shakes her head at him as she catches up with Goku who immediately asks for food.
Goku was already asleep as Rayla sat near his bed, she noted to color of the moon was slightly red that evening but couldn't stop the unease she felt in her heart. Goku continued to snore while she decided to pretend to be sleeping sitting up against his bed.
It wasn't long before her suspicions were confirmed, she could hear the door to the room open as a demon tried to quietly sneak in. He could stomp and it wouldn't wake Goku... Ray thought to herself.
She waited until he got close enough to the bed, primed for his attack Rayla went to kill him but Goku kicked him hard knocking the door through the door and into the hall. Rayla was stunned and looked at him to find he was still sleeping.
"Are you two alright?" Hakkai asks.
Gojyo steps into view, "Goku? Rayla?"
"Alive and Fine." Rayla replies. Goku was partly hanging off the bed, "Huh? I'm fine, I just had the weirdest dream."
"More like a nightmare, my friend." Hakkai says scratching his face with his pointer.
Gojyo looked dumbfounded, "He did this in his sleep? That's bullshit! Rayla you did it right?"
She sighed, "No Goku took care of him. Where is Sanzo?"
"Concerned for your lover?" Gojyo asked slyly as an irk mark appeared on her beautiful face. Gojyo earning a punch on the top of his head as she started down the hall to Sanzo's room with the others in tow.
The four came to his room to hear a female demon talking to Sanzo, "You know to human women you must be handsome," Gojyo nudged Rayla getting a jab in his ribs, "But to me your dinner."
"This close you look kind of different, uglier." Sanzo relied rudely to her making the demon angry. Before she could touch Sanzo, Gojyo sliced the webbing around Sanzo's hands releasing him and sending the demon backwards a few steps.
"I'd re-think the menu honey, that dish is a little sour and reserved." Gojyo says cockily jerking his head in Rayla's position.
She glared at the demon, "It not healthy to eat rotten food."
"I think she's bitten off more than she could chew." Hakkai adds.
Goku merely yawns completely tired, "If your looking for a thank you. Keep searching." Sanzo shot at them with attitude.
"Wasn't really planning on it but would you like a little help bringing her down?" Gojyo offers.
"Couldn't we let her eat him?" Rayla grumbled annoyed by his child like behavior.
Sanzo glared at Rayla as she shrugged, "The more the merrier." He said as he stood at the front of the group facing the spider demon.
"Go ahead and try it, I'll split your little friend in two before you can." She threatened holding the young girl from before in her left arm.
"Hmmm, sounds like a challenge to me." Hakkai said as he swiftly appeared at her side stealing the young girl from harm, "Your too slow lady and now that we have your bargaining chip, how about you just surrender and give up." Hakkai suggests now standing back where he began.
Rayla snorts, "Not likely. Stupid spider."
Four demons appears in the room, "Get them all!" The leader commands as they charge.
"Come on, let's get this over with cause I'm sick of looking at your ugly ass!" Goku yells excited for a fight. He uses his speed charging and taking out the first demon in one hit with a loud battle cry.
Next was Gojyo, "Nice job there Monkey boy." He gives a flick of his wrist extending his weapon slicing with demon lunging at him with hardly moving at all.
"This is hardly worth my time." Rayla complains as a third heads in her direction. She gives a small yawn not bothering to move, the demon jumps, his claws poised. She grabs her violet Katana on her hips and skewers the demon through the gut before flicking her weapon clean.
"And now my turn!" Hakkai states gathering his chi into the palm of his one hand while still holding the girl. With a bright yellow glow Hakkai destroys the rest of the lower level demons quite proud of himself.
The female was angry, "I'll kill you all one by one-" Sanzo interrupted her with a punch to the side of her face knocking her to the ground.
"Well is that it? Huh? Have you had enough?" Sanzo asks cracking his knuckles.
The she demon looks over her shoulder at him, "Oh I'm just getting started." With that her skin tone darkens as her body expands and moves.
Rayla cringes watching, "That why I hate spiders." She mutters and Goku stands at her side, "I'll keep her away from you Ray-Ray."
The five of them watch... "Oh Shit!" Sanzo curses.
"She's changing..." Hakkai points out the obvious... again.
When the transformation finished a large grey spider stood before the group, "Ew that's gross." Goku states.
"Ya it's kind of hard to tell which one of her was uglier, right Ray?" Gojyo said looking at the young women.
She grimaced but quickly avoid the webbing attack that came in their direction. Unfortunately the others did not do the same, they became wrapped in the web. Goku immediately became disgusted to be wrapped in the stuff.
"Her powers gotten stronger not that she's changed form." Sanzo pointed out.
At that moment the young girl chose to wake, "Oh your awake, Bad timing my dear." Hakkai said his smile never leaving.
The young girls eyes widened before she screamed, at that moment a gun went off. Hakkai passed the girl to Rayla and she moved back to allow the boys to finish the job as she protected the innocent.
The demon howled, "Were free!" Goku said calmly as the webbing loosened and feel from their bodies.
At the door stood the girls father as she called out to him, Rayla brought her closer to the door standing in front of them as a shield. She ran to her fathers arms, "Oh dad, you came!"
The old man holds out Sanzo's banishing gun to him, "I believe this is yours."
"Well I guess I owe you a finders fee then." Sanzo relies with gratitude surprising Rayla.
The demon wasn't finished how ever, "Oh you'll pay, you'll all pay!" she then turned her attention to the downed demons before she began to eat them.
"Houmai, don't look!" Sanzo yelled trying to block the girls view. It didn't work how ever the girl stood wide eyed and terrified of what she was witnessing.
"Oh god, she's eating her friends" Goku carelessly says out loud as the demons gurgles and cries could be heard.
Hakkai's look was serious, "She's eating them to heal her wounds."
"She likes to eat men, she really is a spider." Gojyo adds with a small smile.
The she demon dives for the child, "Come here little girl!"
"Back off!" Goku yells using his weapon to stop the attack, "Goku no!" Houmai cried. Rayla grabs the cry moving her to her father and further away from harm.
"Stop it! Why do you insist on protecting them, their weak. You are of my kind, we are the same!" The she bitch drops the ball and unveils the secret. The little girls gasps looking at Goku with fear.
"Goku, She's lying right?" Houmai asks.
Rayla eyed her young friends back concerned, "Uh well she's kind of on the level with this one."
"So she is telling the truth..." Houmai looked down a bit, "Liar. You Liar. How could you lie to me knowing how I feel?" she demanded with a few tears.
Goku was continuing to hold the she bitch at bay as Rayla stepped a bit closer to the frantic girl, "Don't say that Homai."
"Stay away from me! You monster!" Goku was stunned. The demon took the chance and pushed sending Goku backwards. Rayla acting quickly to catch him and set him on his feet.
Gojyo took his chance for an attack, charging up he too, is knocking backwards. Rayla how ever did not catch him...
She bitch advanced as Goku yelled at everyone to stand back, he looked at Rayla with a silent request which she immediately followed. Goku stopped her advance with his weapon, "Stop this and join forces with me, we can rule the world with Gyumaoh forever."
"Not interested and stop looking at them like their different or were better. Were all the same, all of us. Well except for the little fact that they cook better than I do."
"Oh Goku..." Houmai whispered.
Goku was at his limit, "A little help here, come on you guys!"
"Hakkai, Gojyo help out Goku and buy me some time. Rayla will protect Houmai and her Father." Sanzo instructs.
"Alright, let's take her down." Sanzo smiles slightly.
Goku attacks, "Bring it on Spider Lady."
"You know Houmai and her father run a nice place here, except for the pest problem." Gojyo helps in the fight.
Hakkai smiled, "I couldn't agree more."
Rayla watched them standing infront of the innocent two, "Who are you? What are you?"
She hardly acknowledged the girl, "Girl, the demons throughout this land aren't doing it for the fun of it all. Something is making them act this way, Some of them anyways. Your still young so don't just allow judgement to cloud your mind."
Sanzo began his chant ready for the killing blow as the three continue to keep the she bitch busy. The scripture holds her still, "Now's you chance man, go get her." Gojyo urges Goku.
"It's about time!" he states as he lunges up with weapon ready, "Now maybe she will get my point!" he said with cliche stabbing her through the body. With a howling scream and grotesque exploding the she bitch was finally dead.
Early the next morning the five of got ready to continue heading west, "Are you leaving so soon?" The father asked them as they sat in Hakuryuu's transformed body.
"Yes, we've got a long way to go." Hakkai replies. Rayla looked at Goku at the back of the vehicle, "I guess Houmai isn't coming to see us off." he says. she once again puts a re-assuring hand on his shoulder.
"Probably not. Not after what happened yesterday." Sanzo says ticking Rayla off with his thoughtlessness.
Goku looked down, the pain showing in his eyes, "Goku wait!" calls out a girls voice earning his attention.
Houmai stood the holding out a box of food kindly wrapped, "Hey your here!"
"It's not much just a little something to say I'm sorry. Goku please forgive me if you can." She asked of him her eyes looking down, "I'm sorry I was wrong about them, do you forgive me?"
"Yeah! Thank you!" He kindly smiled at her making Houmai blush.
Houmai turned big eyes towards Rayla, "Please take care of him and Thank you."
Rayla grunted at the girl with a nod before they drove off once again into the sunset leaving the village behind the like the trail of dust.
"You know what this means?" Sanzo says to Hakkai once they were far enough from the village, "They know what our plans are."
"Stop the resurrection and this Kougaiji guy, seems like we got enemies being freed and resurrected all over the place." Hakkai replied as the noise in the back began to grow. Once again Goku and Gojyo were arguing over the food.
Sanzo sighed, "I'm sorry I can't concentrate enough with those two morons in the back."
Hakkai smiled, "I'm trying to ignore them, I do feel sorry for Rayla though."
"Really, How's it going?"
"Not so good." Hakkai answers, "Now you know how I feel." Rayla grumbled lazily, hand over her eyes.
"You know your a selfish bastard." Gojyo states after losing the food.
Goku smiles triumphantly, "Oh ya, go suck it!"
"I'm hungry." Rayla growls stealing the piece of food and popping it into her mouth...
Goku pouted, "RAY-RAY!"