Rosario Vampire: Beginning of the End
Chapter Four: Reunion
The child, about 3 years old, ran around the corner of the passageway. His raven hair was a mess, wind blown and un-brushed, and his eyes sparkled with mirth. Breathing hard, he peeked around the corner, only to see a crimson gleam in the darkness at the end of the adjoining corridor. Gasping, he turned and ran right into another child, this one with light blue hair and purple eyes. The both of them fell onto their bottoms, and glared at each other.
"Watch where you're going Hiko-chan!" The girl whisper-shouted at the boy, as they stood up.
"We need to go Ku-chan, he's right there." The boy whispered back, about to set off in the opposite direction, until he heard a grown mans voice behind him.
"Go where I wonder?" The newcomer asked.
"Ohayo Hiko-chan!" Kurumu called out, waving to her brother as he started jogging to catch up to her.
"Ohayo Ku-chan, sleep well?" He replied when he stopped next to her, giving her a one-armed hug.
"Hai, like a baby." Masahiko chuckled, he knew all about her sleeping habits. They began to walk to the school side by side.
"There's a commotion in the dormitories. Everyone's excited about something. Do you know anything about it?" He asked his sister.
"There's rumors of a new student coming in, but I'm not sure about how valid they are. They're probably hoping its some cute girl or something."
"That explains it. I'm almost sure I saw one of them take a bath in aftershave or something." He said. By now they had arrived at the school gates.
"Enjoy class Hiko-chan, I'll see you at lunch." Kurumu said, before walking off.
Masahiko made his way to his class, and sighed as he sat down at his desk. The first period after homeroom was math, and Ruriko-sensei gave him the creeps. She could give his mom a run for her money.
A group of people sat in a darkened room, gathered around a table full of files.
"Are you ready to begin your operation?" A male voice questioned, the owner gazing at the figure across from him diagonally.
"Yes sir, I have prepared everything I need." The second figure responded, bowing her head slightly.
"Then you may go."
When he walked into the cafeteria, Masahiko was greeted with an amusing sight to say the least. There was Tsukune and Moka, caught in the rib-crushing embrace of a small girl wearing a large, pointed hat. Their captor's high-pitched cries were filling the room.
"I've missed you so much! It's been too long!" She cried, alternating between burying her head in Moka's chest and Tsukune's shirt. To say they looked uncomfortable would be an understatement. Moka looked almost murderous at having her chest invaded in such a way.
"Yukari…Yukari! Would you mind GETTING OFF MY CHEST?!" Moka practically shouted.
"I-I'm sorry…." The little witch replied, backing off with her head hung down. Behind Moka, Kurumu snickered softly, her hands over her mouth. "Who's this guy? Is he your boyfriend? What's his name?" Yukari questioned when she saw Masahiko walk up and stand next to his sister, her eyebrows furrowed.
"This is Kurumu's brother, Kurono Masahiko. He transferred in at the beginning of the year." Tsukune explained.
"Kurumu's brother? She has a-" she began, only to be cut off by Tsukune.
"We'll explain while we eat."
A while later they all sat around a table, as Tsukune finished explaining to Yukari.
"But if you just transferred here, where'd you go to school before?" Yukari questioned.
"Mom taught me at home for a while, then she gave me the materials to teach myself. I would sometimes go on trips to the human world with her and join a school there temporarily." Masahiko answered.
"What about you Yukari? We haven't heard from you in ages, what have you been up to?" Kurumu asked the youngest member of their group.
"Oh, uh, just stuff." Yukari answered vaguely, looking down. "So, um, I'm in the same class as you right Kurono-kun? 3-3?"
"Come on Yukari, open that mouth and talk." Kurumu says, eyeing the witch.
"Or I'll freeze you..." Mizore adds, her first spoken sentence during the conversation.
"Ok ok, I was in China. I went with my mom, that's why I came back late."
"Was that so hard?" Mizore asked, removing an icicle blade from Yukari's back. The witch just grumbled silently.
"What were you doing all the way over there?" Tsukune question, to which Yukari blushed lightly, shaking her head, and they decided not to push her more.
"Hey Sis, mind telling me about those forms I saw you using last week? When that kid got his ass handed to him?" Masahiko questioned. Kurumu, her mouth being stuffed, motioned to Mizore.
"Shirayuki-san, could you perhaps shed some light on the subject for me?"
"Kurumu and I spent a few months training together, developing forms and techniques to try and beat Moka a few years ago. That was one of them." She replied, withdrawing a fresh sucker from her pocket.
"Ah, sounds great. Maybe the two of you can show me sometime."
Kurumu nodded her head, mouth stuffed yet again.
That afternoon, before the students were let out, the teacher made an announcement.
"Tomorrow will be Club Day. All the clubs will be setting up stands for advertising, and if you aren't in a club it is required that you join one, at least for a while. Now off with you, enjoy your afternoon."
"Clubs huh….I wonder…." Masahiko mumbled to himself as he left the building. His sister was busy with club activities, so he was alone. Halfway through the forest he had the sensation of being watched, and looked around. He couldn't see anything, and turned to face the path again, only to trip over a tree root.
"Where'd this tree spring from?" He growled, standing up and dusting himself off. Glaring at the tree, he felt the hair on the back of his neck prickle, and began jogging to the dorms.
"You seem to be in a hurry." A voice said from just behind him. He stopped, and turned to see Yukari.
"Oh, hi Sendo-san. Were you following me?" He asked.
"Following you? I left class just after you, and I've been walking behind you for a while now." He frowned. The two of them began walking together.
"Are you enjoying being at Yokai Kurono-kun?" Yukari asked him.
"Ano….hai, so far. Though the monster lessons don't seem to be teaching anything interesting." He replied. She giggled.
"Hai, they rarely do."
They walked in silence until they reached the dorms, where they said goodbye and went their separate ways.
So, for me, this chapter sort of marks where I feel like I've begun improving. I wrote it on my own, and revised it a few times before letting Akame go through it. We see Yukari finally arrive, get another glimpse into Masahiko's childhood and witness a secret meeting. A grand time. All in all, we're slowly advancing the plot. Thank you for reading, and I'll see you next time.
May your fire burn bright and long.