OK, so this is my second chapter of Life Through a Dream.

Sorry that it took so long, but college is very hard, and I had to write lots of essays. I also got lazy, because I didn't really want to write anymore after I finished the semester, but don't worry, I will get back on track now.

Also, next chapter will be co-written by a friend, TeenTitanzzLuva.

Anyway, hope you like this chapter.

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It was early in the evening when Yumeji and Merry returned from Yui's, Merry still carrying Isana. Merry took Isana into her room and put her in her bed. She then went to talk to Yumeji. "I laid Isana down in her room." she said. "I'm sure she'll wake up full of energy tomorrow morning."

"Right." said Yumeji, walking up the stairs past her. He stopped after passing her though, and turning, said. "Merry..." she looked back and up at him, wondering what he was going to say. "I... you... umm..."he then shook his head and kept on walking, saying. "Never mind, it's nothing."

Merry fully turned around, and, looking right at him, said. "I believe in you." he stopped walking and looked around at her. She continued speaking, saying. "Didn't you promise me? You said that you'd send me back to the dream world. So I believe in you." As she said this last part, she smiled brightly.

Yumeji looked back at her, his face unreadable, and all he could say was. "Merry..."

"B-but, don't get the wrong idea." she said, just a bit to quickly, blushing as she said it. "It's just our contract."

"Yeah." said Yumeji. "It's just our contract!"

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"It's over!" said the loud voice of Saki Kirishima, one of Yumeji's classmates. They were relaxing in front of the school on a bench,except for Yumeji, who was leaning against a nearby tree. "I made it through the first term, now I can relax. Now it's time for summer break! I almost thought 1pm would never come."

"You really tried your hardest this time." said Isana, smiling brightly.

"Summer Break, a barbecue while camping in the mountains. By Takateru Akiyanagi." said Takateru, while writing the words on a piece of paper.

"That's a great idea Taka!" said Saki. "Sana, Fujiwara, how about we go camping?"

"Sure!" said Isana happily.

"Yeah." said Yumeji, not really paying attention to what was going on around him. He was instead thinking about what he was going to about Mystletainn. He wondered when she would attack Isana, and how he would save Isana's dream.

"Tachibana." a voice called to Isana from across the schoolyard. It was Mr. Ijima, who was Mystletainn's vessel in the real world. He had been the one responsible for the deaths of so many dream demons and the loos of so many dreams for the vessels of the dead dream demons.

"Mr. Ijima." greeted Isana, still unaware of the danger that Ijima posed to her.

"I was thinking of going to your coffee shop." he said. "How late is it open?"

"Until 9 A.M." Isana said, smiling brightly as she always did. "I'll tell my dad to make sure we have extra rice for you."

"Really?" he asked. "I'd appreciate that. Well then, see you before nine." after he said this, he flashed a quick, mocking grin in Yumeji's direction, then turned and left. "Bye." he said.

"Okay." Isana said. All the while they were talking, Yumeji had been glaring at the teacher. He was now glaring at the ground, the smile he had before Mr. Ijima came along now replaced by a frown of concentration and thought. "What's wrong with you?" Isana asked him, looking him in the eye as he continued to frown in concentration and thought. "You're making a scary face." Isana looked really worried, though the constant smile she had was still somewhat there.

Yumeji looked up and around as if he hadn't been paying attention. "Oh, it's nothing." he gained his look of seriousness back, and, looking over at his other 2 friends he said in a very serious voice. "Kirishima, we will definitely have that barbeque together." She looked at him quizzically for a moment, then burst out laughing. "Why are you laughing?" Yumeji asked; he sounded hurt at her laughter.

"Because you are getting so serious about the barbeque." Saki said, laughing as she said this.

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"It's bustling in here today." said Mr. Tachibana. [A.N. His name is never given] He was looking around at the table where people were sitting. Yumeji, Merry, Yui, and Chizuru were all sitting at a table in the small cafe, waiting for Mr. Ijima to arrive.

"Exams are over so I think everyone wants to relax." said Isana, who was working at the shop for today. "Mr. Ijima probably feels the same way."

"I wouldn't be against this place becoming a spot where youngsters hang out." Mr. Tachibana said. "I'll have to thank your teacher for the advice he gave you about your future. Isn't he responsible for bringing your hazy dreams into focus?"

At that moment the door opened, revealing Mr. Ijima. "Welcome." Isana greeted. Yumeji and his group all looked up, all still sharing that serious frown.

"Good Evening." Mr. Ijima said, walking in and putting down his umbrella. "Hey, you're all here." he didn't look surprised at all.

"Welcome teacher." said Mr. Tachibana, still not looking up from polishing a glass.

"I'll have a large serving of curry and rice, and a blended coffee." Mr. Ijima said, placing his order.

"Sure!" said Isana, still smiling as brightly as she always did. "Did you catch that, Dad?"

Mr. Ijima walked over and sat down with Yumeji's group, saying quietly enough that Isana and her father couldn't here him. "Even a student from another school is here, I'm grateful for the warm welcome."

"We'll protect Sana." stated Merry, also quietly enough that Isana and her father couldn't hear.

"We won't let you have your way." said Yumeji, in that same tone.

"You sound confident, did you come up with some sort of plan?" asked Mr. Ijima. "do you think hat Puppet will help you again? Forget it, I won't find it amusing a second time."

Yui, or rather Engi speaking through Yui, spoke up then, saying. "You talk to much. The weaker the dog, the louder it barks. Humans have some nice sayings."

"You..." Mr. Ijima started to say angrily, glaring at her, but at that moment, Isana came over.

"Thanks for waiting, here's your coffee." she said. As Isana set down the coffee, Engi entered the daydream, taking them all with her.

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They all appeared in Engi's daydream, the field of wheat with flowing out in all directions. The moon overhead cast sparse light on the field, making it hard to make out details.

"Huuuh?" Mystletainn gasped, looking around at the scenery. "What is this place?"

"This is Engi's Daydream." answered Yumeji, glaring at the dream demon.

"This is my garden." said Engi, looking down on Mystletainn from on top of a rock pillar in the middle of the field.

"You look cool." said Mystletainn

"I don't care who you are, you won't be able to fight the way you want to here." said Engi, glaring at Mystletainn with hate.

"I'll be returning the favor you did me last time, forest woman." said Merry, settling into a stance where she could repel an attack.

"I'm so scared." said Mystletainn, her voice thick with sarcasm. "Weaklings." A flash suddenly fell across her, before settling on the ground a couple feet in front of her. She looked up, only to see Engi charging at her with sword raised high, prepared to finish the fight with one strike. At the last second, Mystletainn jumped out of the way, and the sword passed on to strike the ground, causing a crater a couple meters wide. As Mystletainn landed, Merry charged and tried to punch her. Mystletainn used one finger to block the blow. As she blocked it, Engi came in from above, swinging her sword down and trying to hit Mystletainn, but Mystletainn just jumped back and touched the sword with one finger, and the sword shattered into millions of pieces. Using the sword's momentum, she spun around and delivered a devastating side kick at Merry, catapulting her into Engi and throwing them both away. "I let you fight me in your garden, and that's all you've got?" Mystletainn asked in a bored voice. "If so, then I'll do something cool." The entire daydream flashed out of focus again, and suddenly there was a tree in the middle of the daydream. "Isn't it pretty?" she asked, smiling.

Merry slowly stood up, shaking her head, and asked "What did you do?"

Near the top, held to the trunk by vines, was an unconscious Isana, and Parade. "ISANA!" yelled Yumeji.

Yumeji ran towards the tree, wanting to get Isana down. "Don't go Yumeji!" yelled Merry.

Chizuru caught sight of what Merry was trying to warn Yumeji of as he ran past her, and tackled him to the ground to save him from the knife-sharp vine that slammed into the ground where he had been moments before. "Your being to reckless." she said.

Mystletainn laughed and sarcastically said "Sorry for taking over."

"Impossible." gasped Engi. "You took over my world so easily..."

Beside her, Merry stood up, and glaring at Mystletainn, said "This is interesting. I don't mind letting you have a tree."

Engi, seeming to have gotten a second wind, created a sword in the air, and, continuing with what Merry said, said "But I'll make you pay for destroying my sister's and my future!"

Seeming disappointed, Mystletainn said "Woah, you're making such a scary face."

Both Merry and Engi attacked Mystletainn then, but she blocked both blows, then knocked both of them back with a single kick.

"You're as strong as I heard." said Engi, looking at Mystletainn with hatred in her eyes. "I can see now how you've toppled countless Dream Demons."

Laughing, Mystletainn said "It tickles when you complement me like that." Adopting a slightly more serious tone, she asked "So why did you go out of your way to face me anyway? You don't even know?"

"Do you want to know?" asked Engi.

"Yup Yup Yup." said Mystletainn, her head bobbing up and down excitedly.

"If you don't understand, that means we still have a chance at winning." answered Merry. She then charged Mystletainn, who simply stepped aside.

"Wait, aren't you going to tell me?" Mystletainn asked.

"Try figuring it out yourself." Merry said. "But I don't think you could understand." Again she charged Mystletainn, but this time she was caught by Mystletainn, and thrown away.

Engi attacked then, saying "Violet flash in the moonlight, Sannasubi." She struck once, twice, three times, and dust covered the area where she struck. When the dust cleared though, Mystletainn was still standing.

"Is that all?" Mystletainn asked. "Projectile weapons are nice." then she used the vine whips in her hair to stab Engi through the side. Everyone just stared as Engi fell to the ground.

"I WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU!" yelled Merry, again charging Mystletainn. "I'LL SEND YOU BACK TO THE PITTS OF HELL!" She tried to punch Mystletainn, but Mystletainn just dodged and slammed an open palm against Merry's stomach, knocking her out and throwing her back.

"Aww, is it over already?" Mystletainn asked. "I Still haven't heard the answer to that quiz we had earlier." She turned to where Merry lay. "Oh well, time to finish this." she drew the whips of her hair back, and right before she struck, she noticed something.

"I won't let you hurt Merry!" yelled Yumeji, striking with Engi's sword at Mystletainn. Mystletainn didn't bother to block the strike, thinking that because he was a human, Yumeji couldn't harm her, and struck him through the chest with her vine whips. Even as Yumeji gasped at the hole in his chest, the blade he held continued to strike, cleaving a massive wound in Mystletainn's chest.

"H-h-h-how." Mystletainn gasped in a final attempt to stay conscious.

"Strength of a dream is the strength of will..." Yumeji murmured. "And I can't let you hurt Merry."

They both fell to the ground, Engi's world changed back to normal, and Mystletainn's dead body vanished. "YUMEJI!" That was Merry's voice he thought, just before blacking out.

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There, that is chapter 2. chapter 3 will be up soon.

Sorry I haven't written in a while, but I was completely drained after the college semester was over, and, being a bit lazy, didn't write for a while.

The next chapter will be co-authored, so I hope you like both this one and the next one.