Rosario Vampire: Beginning of the End

Chapter Two: Introduction Part 2

"I think we should talk. About you, and me too." His mother said.

"What do you mean mama, is something wrong?" the young boy replied, his head tilted to the side.

"That's just it. I'm not really your mother, dear. Something happened to your mother, and she isn't here anymore." The woman sighs, apprehension etched in her face, before she turns around. "I'm sorry, little one, I just don't want you to find out later and be hurt that I'm not your mom…. "

The child sat silent for a moment.

"If I get hurt, mama is there to fix it. If I have a nightmare, mama comforts me. If…. That happens…. Mama is always there for me. Mama is my mama, because mama looks after me and loves me." He finally said, his voice full of honesty.

The woman could only smile, tears running down her cheeks, as she reached forward to hold her son.

They were walking through the school halls in silence.

"Ano….do you scare everyone like that….?"

Which didn't last long.

"Ruby, Toujo Ruby. And no, not everyone, just the ones I feel need a little fear in their lives." She replied, and came to a stop outside a door whose only distinguishing feature was the plaque reading 'Headmaster'.

"He's waiting for you. Nice to meet you Kurono-san, but I have duties to attend to." Ruby said, before walking off.

"Well, she's something." Masahiko mumbled to himself as he knocked on the door, opening it and entering when a voice responded.

The office was dark, heavy curtains drawn closed to keep out the light of day. The only illumination came from a few scattered candles that did little to chase back the darkness. Standing behind the desk was a man in a white robe, who beckoned him forward.

"Kurono Masahiko-san I presume? Welcome to Yōkai Academy." He held out a hand, which Masahiko shook, and they both took a seat.

"To business. This school was made to educate young monsters in various subjects, with an emphasis on human society and coexisting with them. It is for this reason that we have a rule against taking your monster form on school grounds without a valid reason." After receiving a nod of acknowledgement, he continued. "Taking into account your prior education and experience, I have placed you in third year. When you leave this office proceed to class 3-3. Finally, your luggage has been taken to your dorm room, and here is your key. Enjoy your time at Yōkai."

Taking the keys handed to him, Masahiko stood and bowed, before leaving the room.

"Hiko-chan?" A voice called out behind him. He looked back, confused, only to receive a mouth-full of blue hair.

He spat the hair out. "Ku-chan?" Stepping back, Kurumu Kurono fixed her hair, a smile on her lips.

"Hey there little brother, how are you?" She asked, leaning forward slightly with her hands clasped behind her back.

"Well, I'm definitely less nervous now, seeing a familiar face." He glanced behind her, seeing a tall male with long blonde hair. Kurumu noticed his lapse in attention and turned to look herself.

"Ah, yes. Hiko-chan, this is Kuyou, my boyfriend. Kuyou, this is my brother Masahiko." She introduced them, stepping back so they could shake hands.

"Nice to finally meet the man who keeps me up at night, on occasion," Masahiko said with a grin.

"I'm not sure how to respond to that…..nice to meet you too. Your sister tells me you are a swordsman, perhaps you would like to spar sometime?" Kuyou responded.

"Sounds like a great idea. Maybe if you come over in the holidays my wonderful sister," he glances at said girl with a pointed look, "will let you spar with me instead of keeping you hidden in her room." Kurumu's cheeks flushed at this, but it didn't stop her from glaring at her brother for a moment.

"We should be getting to class, or we might get detention. Hiko-chan, if you can meet me on the roof at lunch I'll introduce you to some of my friends." Kurumu said.

"Sure, I'll meet you then. It was nice meeting you, Kuyou." Masahiko responded, before moving off with a wave.

He wrote his name on the blackboard, the sound of chalk scratching board filling the classroom. "Kurono Masahiko, nice to meet you." He said, bowing before the class.

"Someone please show him around after school. Kurono-san, your desk is the open one in the middle row." His homeroom teacher pointed it out, before turning to the board and erasing his name.

On his way to his desk he caught a few whispers around him.

"Kurono? Is he related to the succubus?"

"So he's an incubus?"

"Not another incubus…now there'll be no girls left for us."

He sat down, laughing to himself.

When lunch time came around the class emptied fairly quickly, with Masahiko being one of the last out. After grabbing a snack and drink from the vending machines he made his way to the stairwell that led to the roof. Following the signs that pointed to the 'Rooftop Greenhouse', he eventually reached said greenhouse and had a look around. It was full of various species of plant, from flowers to trees to shrubs, from both the monster and human worlds. As he was looking at a mandrake, his necklace, which had been emitting a dull red glow since he arrived, suddenly flared bright crimson. He hid it beneath his shirt again as the roof access door opened and Kurumu stepped through, followed by two other students.

"Hey Hiko-chan, sorry we're a bit late. I'd like you to meet my friends, Akashiya Moka and Aono Tsukune, her boyfriend." She said, stepping to the side after her introductions.

The girl, Moka, had long silver hair, reaching just under her waist, with pink streaks contrasting the silver.. She had an athletic build, and her slitted eyes held him in their crimson gaze. 'Vampire' he thought, as he bowed slightly.

Her boyfriend Tsukune seemed to be less serious. He had a more friendly face, with brown eyes and hair, but the tips were silver. He seemed to be well built, and when he held out his hand to shake Masahiko's, a lock on a chain dangled out from his sleeve. It seemed he had some sort of seal on him.

"Nice to meet you both." Masahiko said, gesturing to a nearby bench. They sat around the bench, Moka and Tsukune on one side, Kurumu and Masahiko on the other. Tsukune was the first to speak.

"So, are you going to introduce your friend to us Kurumu? " he asked.

"Oh, I'm not her friend. Well, I guess I am, but —" Masahiko began, before being cut off by Kurumu.

"Get to the point Hiko-chan."

"Fine Sis. I'm her brother. Well, adopted. Kurono Masahiko."

"Her brother? Adopted?"

Well, I decided I may as well put this out right away, to make up for how short the...prologue? was. I feel much better about this chapter than the last, but also than it's previous iterations. This chapter has undergone some major changes and rewritings in the time since it was first written, and the final product, while not amazing, is something I feel I'm happy with. I do hope you enjoyed it.

May your fire burn bright and long,

Dr4cul.

P. S. I have been considering changing my pen name again,(yes, again *gasp*) to Ddraig. It's a name I've been thinking about and using elsewhere for a while, but I don't want to confuse any of my readers without them knowing first. What are your thoughts?