Chapter 8
Lamentations of a teenage witch pt 2

"Common Akashiya, let's go!" Ichigo said

Ichigo held his hand to her and the silver haired girl uncharacteristically blushed but she took it reluctantly nonetheless. It was a semester full of firsts and thus Moka held hands with a boy for the first time in her life. She looked fascinated as she closed her small dainty hand over his bigger and manly one. Just holding it reassures her the feeling that as long as she held this big strong hand that she would be somehow safe. Well not that she needs it of course; a Vampire girl still has her pride to consider after all! However, the gesture of touching their hands triggered a memory well hidden within her. The Ichigo in her bizarre vision was not smiling as the strawberry was doing now. She remembered him bloodied and looking at her seriously with that irritating but cute scowl of his while she desperately tried to haul him up from falling some 70 feet up the roof top. Considering that she was just doused with water and it was still sapping her strength painfully, she did her best to keep him from falling but with every minute that passes by she was loosing her grip on him and all he could do was look at her with those adorable brown eyes of his. Then he fell and found herself falling with him...

"Akashiya are you alright?"

The vampire blinked and looked owlishly at the one who addressed her...

Moka found herself face to face with Ichigo and she couldn't help but blush from their close proximity to one another. Still, she rather liked his closeness because she could gaze into his gorgeous brown eyes and she could probably get lost trying to decipher the secrets and comprehend the mysterious depths of his soul. As girly as that last thought was, Vampire pride made her remember herself and she replied calmly...

"I'm fine..." She said simply. "You don't have to worry Kurosaki although I appreciate it."

Inside her though her thoughts were completely different from what she portrays from reality...

"Oh my gawd I can't believe he's so close to me! What should I do? He looks so serious and I'm glad that he's so concerned for me. I never realized that Kurosaki was so hot and now that handsome face is right in front of my own, all I have to do is lean forward and I can kiss those lips of his. Wouldn't that give him a surprise...tee hee!"

Moka realized what she was thinking and blushed furiously...

"Are you sure?" Ichigo asked skeptically. "You look red around the gills and flushed to me!"

The strawberry looked at her with intensity that almost made her heart melt and her feet buckle from underneath her. But stubborn Vampire pride held her ground and kept her up her feet. She was about to reply when suddenly he closed in...

"Oh my, what the hell is he doing? Is he doing what I think he's..."

Her eyes widened when she realized his intentions...

"No way he wouldn't do that! Kurosaki may be an annoying but he is a gentleman. And yet he looks so intense and so serious that he might..."

Ichigo's face kept on moving closer and so ever closer...

Moka looked on helplessly as Ichigo's handsome face get progressively closer still with each painful second that passed by. So she will finally get her first kiss after all and it would be today of all times. But she found herself surprisingly happy that her first would be with the strawberry and she would not have it any other way. The silver haired girl couldn't imagine herself kissing anyone else actually and she was glad that it would be with the hottest boy in school! Wait, did it mean that she likes him? No way, she would never do something silly as trying to get a kiss from this idiot! She has her pride to consider and a reputation to uphold! But it seemed that Ichigo would not be denied as he got ever closer still. Moka's eyes widened slightly and her thoughts raced a hundred miles an hour..."

"Oh my gawd, so he's determined to kiss me! I actually admire him for his boldness! I wonder what he's thinking! I heard kisses tasted like lemons. Heh, I guess I'll find out if the rumors are true eh?"

Ichigo was so close now that Moka began to comically panic inside...

"W-wait I-I'm not r-ready!"

Moka pursed he lips and closed her eyes just like what the girls did in the movies. She hopes that she's doing it right because she wanted her first kiss to be magical and an unforgettable memory that would stay with her for the rest of her life. The silver haired girl waited patiently but nothing happened. Well except that she felt him touch her forehead with his as if to gauge her temperature which was still embarrassing nonetheless. She blew a sigh of relief but deep down inside she was rather disappointed to say the least...

"Well your temperature seems normal..."

"I told you I was ok didn't I?" Moka said to him blushing.

"Just making sure."

Moka quirked an eyebrow and looked at him incredulously...

"What? You don't want me being concerned about my nakama?"

Moka scrutinized him more closely...

"You consider me your friend?"

Deep inside however was another matter...

"Is that all I am to you?" Moka thought rather disappointed. "W-wait w-what the hell I thinking! I should be glad that he considers me his friend! But what is this feeling though..."

But deep down, she already knew the answer and it flashed perfectly clear in her mind...

"I like Kurosaki Ichigo..."

Moka's crimson eyes widened when that thought came across her mind and again her pride got in the way of progress...

Meanwhile elsewhere...

Up above Cupid was comically tearing his hair out in lumps and grinding his teeth in frustration! By Zeus he has never encountered a subject who's so obstinately stubborn and so deep in denial of her feelings in his whole existence! But soon he took a deep breath and it helped calmed his nerves. His mother's help is not needed just yet and he had plenty of tricks up his sleeve and have yet to try. He was looking forward to hooking up those two unlikely people and their case was particularly interesting when it was brought to his attention. Besides he was the best in this business and by hell or high water, he will eventually make those two idiots realize their feelings for each other if it was the last thing he'd do! It was a formidable task but he always did like a good challenge...

Back to our favorite dynamic duo...

"I-it c-can't be! There's no way in hell that I like that idiot! He's too head strong, stubborn, and, and disrespectful..."

Moka tried to come up with excuses that she and Ichigo- together- was the stupidest idea that had ever crossed her mind like EVER! Seriously, yes she will admit that he does look smoking hot! The female vermin and especially that immoral, slutty Mermaid thinks so at least so that's something the strawberry has going for him. And admittedly the two of them have been hanging out and gotten a little closer to one another but since he's been skipping school - and frustratingly getting away with it - the strawberry has been best described as distant. Even then, she felt that he was hiding some big secret from her and he has yet to reveal anything significant that pertained to his life. Then her infernal conscience interfered...

"Well you really can't talk Moka because you have been reluctant and just as evasive as Kurosaki was so you're as guilty as he is..."

The truth of those words hit her comically and figuratively strait through the heart...

"T-that's not true, it's just..."

"It's just what Moka?"

"Why the hell am I justifying myself to my conscience?"

"You didn't answer the question..."

"Ok fine...it's just I'm afraid that's why!"

"Will wonders never seize...I thought you were a Vampire Moka! What does a big bad noble Vampire like you could possibly be afraid of?" Her conscience said sarcastically.

"We'll you don't have to get so uptight about it!" Moka protested.

"I'm your conscience Moka, it's my job to give you a hard time! Now stop dawdling about and answer the damn question!"

"Well what if we don't work out?"

"And you're already dooming the relationship by assuming the worst! How would you know if you guys won't work out if you don't give him a chance? As that saying goes: you have to try it first before you knock it!"

Despite herself - feeling awkward about it - her conscience did have a point. Of course all of this internal monologue happened instantaneously and cruel reality sets in as she heard the strawberry addressing her...

"Yeah you, Kurumu, Tsukune, and Tamao-sempai..." Ichigo said frowning.

For some reason the word "friend" and hearing her "hated" rival's name irritated the hell out of her for some reason. Moka thought that she was special but apparently not in his eyes! She pushed him off her more roughly than she meant to and she reluctantly let go of his hand and proceeded to walk away rather briskly from him while looking up in indignation. Ichigo sighed and followed the her down the hallway...

"Ok what eating you this time?" Ichigo asked blandly.

The strawberry still does not understand the Vampire's extreme mood swings. One minute she's sweet on him, shamelessly flirts, jokes around, and teases him to no end using that hot body of hers as a weapon! Then she suddenly becomes bitchy, aloof, arrogant, PMSing, prideful and stubborn the next. It was confusing him which of the two extremes in her personlity is the real Akashiya Moka. Mixed signals much? But why should he care if she was sending him a mixed message? Why should it matter to him that she's doing so in the first place? The more he thought about it the more that he's convinced that the fair sex is quite a mystery and pretty damn weird indeed! He thought that he kinda figured her out but apparently there's more to Akashiya than meets the eye.

"It's none of your damn business!" Moka said rather hotly.

A tick mark appeared on Ichigo's forehead...

"Well obviously it's bothering if you're this snippy all of a sudden!"

Moka stopped and whirled around and faced him...

"I. do. not. get. snippy! Moka said dangerously. "Understand?"

"Oh please spare me the pretentious dramatics. I know snippy when I see it!" Ichigo replied. "And you my dear Akashiya has snippy written all over you!"

Moka nearly burst out laughing from his outrageous comment but she remembered that she's suppose to be mad at him at the moment...

"Why you..."

The student body parted and let the two if them pass as they argued yet again walking towards class...

Meanwhile...

While Ichigo and Moka made their get away, Tamao and Kurumu was still going at it like ravenous wild beasts without the toothy bloodshed at least. Tsukune tried his best to mediate the peace but both of them didn't want to hear such nonsense and were being too stubborn...

"Come on Kurumu-chan, Tamao-sempai. I'm sure we can work this out like civilized people..."

The both of them stopped for a moment and glared at him comically...

"Who asked you!" Both of them said growling.

"Ok never mind then..."

"Don't worry it is as expected of such low rabble..." Yukari said nodding.

"When did she get beside me like that?" Tsukune thought sweat dropping.

"WHAT DID YOU SAY?" Tamao shrieked.

"Yeah I like for you to tell that to me in my face, you flat chested little shrimp!" Kurumu said hotly.

"Korono Kurumu, grades: below average, athletic ability: average, hobbies and special abilities: likes to cook especially baking cookies and has the ability to control a dim witted male's minds with her charm and is able to weave convincing illusions."

Kurumu was surprised that she was assessed so thoroughly by an 11 year old nuisance. The little witch then turned the Mermaid and spoke to her...

"And you Ichinose, Tamao-sempai...grades: top 20 athletic ability: athletically fit, hobbies and special abilities: Likes to swim and is the current president of the Swimming Club. Has the ability to turn into a mermaid and use their watery environment as a weapon against enemies and draining blood of others to sustain their life force to stay young forever!"

Tamao looked at the little witch in astonishment...

"As much as both of you prance around and think you're hot stuff; you all are not worthy of my Ichigo-sempai and the only woman whom I know will be perfect for him is Moka-san! I cannot let you manipulative and unworthy wenches sully their special relationship. Thus I have decided that I will declare war on you both!" Yukari declared.

"Did that little brat just call me...ME...manipulative!? Tamao said, her voice raising an octave or two.

"Apparently so..." Tsukune said blandly.

Tamao didn't reply but she gave him an evil eye that made him sweat just a little bit and swallow the big annoying lump in his throat that wouldn't go away...

"Hah, what do you think you're gonna do..." Kurumu said comically gnashing her teeth. "...sit on us or something?"

"If you don't believe then my actions will speak louder than words!" Yukari declared. "BEHOLD, my magic wand!"

The little witch vigorously whirled her little wand around her head and cast a spell. The locker at the end of the hallway suddenly opened and several brooms came flying out. The magically influenced items glided through the air and swatted the helpless Tsukune into the sidelines. While that was happening, the rest of the brooms attacked the others. Kurumu unsheathed her claws and bisected several of them to pieces that fell on the floor. Tamao however wasn't so fortunate and a broom swept in and started to harass her, hitting the Mermaid on her butt. Tamao blushed furiously and with an uncharacteristically vicious for her personality, she grabbed the inanimate offenders in the air and comically broke the brooms over her knee and a large thick mark appeared over her head...

"How DARE you touch me!" She said shrieking. "The only person who's allowed to molest me and spank my fine ass is my Ichigo-kun, GOT IT!"

"That's way too much information, Tamao-sempai!" Tsukune murmured sweat dropping.

The little witch gleefully ran the hallway as her cheerful laughter echoed through the hallway and made her getaway. Unbeknownst to all of them though the school representative along with his cronies observed the scene with interest and disgust as the president clenched his fist so tightly that he drew blood. A reckoning with the bothersome witch will come to a head soon enough...

Three hours later...

Kurumu was comically gnashing her teeth and Tsukune cringed as the Succubus was making an ear splitting noise similar to someone running his/her nails on the chalkboard with such tortuous slowness and equally just as annoying. She was upset quite understandably as she tended to his bruises and patched him up. Kurumu herself had a bandage wrapped around her head and poor Tsukune was so bruised and battered from magical broom assault that he nearly looked like mummy with all the stuff wrapped around him. But he still tried his best to calm the bluenette down before she did something that she might regret later. That and to prevent her from popping blood vessels considering he can count several tick marks and he can tell that she was stressed out if her body language was any indication. Meanwhile Tamao-sempai was walking back and forth like a caged lioness. The Mermaid still looked flushed in the gills as she recovered from Yukari's shameless assault on her delicate derrière. She was telling the truth when she said shamelessly out loud that she rather have Ichigo molest her than some magically imbued flying hentai broomstick! Well the mermaid had to win her growing heated rivalry with Moka first and she has to loosen him up and cure him out of his prude nature...

"Well I guess the rumors about the little twerp are true..." Kurumu said growling.

Tamao whirled around and replied to her...

"Oh really ya think?" She said sarcastically. "Thank you for the useless information Captain Obvious!"

"Why you wanna fight!" Kurumu replies heatedly.

"Bring it bitch!" Tamao said venomously.

"Oh don't worry bitch it will get brought on your ass real good and when you least expect it!" Kurumu replied hotly.

"Come on you guys, haven't you'll had enough?" Tsukune said blandly while pinching his nose. He was after all trapped in between two well developed breasts...

"At least someone around here has some sense..." Tamao said smiling to him. "Honestly Tsukune-kun, you should control that unruly girlfriend of yours!"

Tsukune started protesting and Kurumu blushed furiously. The bluenette took a deep breath to recover quickly from her embarrassment and smoothly continued on as if nothing happened...

"We'll anyway before I was rudely interrupted, I heard rumors about that little brat. Even though she's considered a genius, she acts like a spoiled child! She plays vicious pranks and her classmates hate her guts..." Kurumu said in her gossip mode.

"Really?" Tsukune asked.

"Not surprised at all..." Tamao added.

Unbeknownst to the 3 of them, "the little brat" was outside listening by the window. A large tick mark can be seen bulging on her forehead. Oh yeah to can play at this game!

"I will totally destroy you guy's relationship with Ichigo-sempai and Moka-san for good with this..."

Yukari took out a creepy looking doll made of straw...

"Magical item, Wara Wara-kun!"

The little witch manipulated the little dolls arm and made it punch its own face. Unfortunately the doll's magical influence forced Tsukune to clobber his own jaw. Kurumu shouted in concern and Tamao looked at the strange behavior with a raised eyebrow and sweat dropping in wonder as the brown haired boy suddenly started dancing awkwardly as his body twisted in rather peculiar positions that would make even a yoga instructor cringe...

"Um wow that looked liked it hurts..." Tamao said blandly. "Tsukune-kun are you feeling alright?"

"Oh sure, easy for you to say Tamao-sempai, your body is not the one moving by itself!"

The mermaid looked at him in astonishment...

Meanwhile...

Moka and Ichigo having made peace with one another sometime during the day and they were on their way towards the room where the Newspaper Club meet after school. The strawberry was discussing with her an article he was planning to write for the paper. The silver haired girl listened to him with interest but she frowned as there seemed to be a ruckus going on coming from the room. They looked at watched other and wondered what the hell was going on...

"I wonder what's going on?" Moka asked him.

"Don't look at me coz I have no frickin clue..." Ichigo replied. "I'm almost scared finding out though..."

"Aww don't worry you poor baby..." She said jokingly. "I'll protect you..."

"Ha ha you might be cute but your not that funny Akashiya!"

Moka looked away from him to suppress a blush that threatened to erupt from her face...

"Hmmph!" Moka said blushing. "S-shut u-up!"

"Oh come on, don't be like that." Ichigo said. "Let's go see what's going on..."

As the two of them walked in side by side, they witnessed Tsukune take a handful of Kurumu's breasts and squeezed rather vigorously that made the Succubus squeal with surprise and to her embarrassment. Moka was too shocked to say anything but Ichigo managed to recover...

"Tsukune my man, you are my hero!" Ichigo said chuckling. "I have to give you props for doing something so...daring!"

"It's not what it looks like dammit!" Tsukune said growling. "My body is doing these things against my will so I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!"

"Uh huh..." The strawberry said skeptically.

Ichigo sweat dropped and blushed even more so when the hapless Tsukune pulled the flustered Kurumu's skirt up and he got a whole eyeful of the bluenette's racy and lacy underwear. It seemed however that the brown haired boy wasn't finished as he turned his sights on Tamao who was backing away slowly...

"Umm don't get this the wrong way Tsukune-kun but..." Tamao said nervously. "GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ME!"

"WHAT DOES "I CAN'T CONTROL MY BODY" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?" He replied growling.

The spell that has taken hold of Tsukune made him faster than the mermaid gave him credit for and he found himself getting behind her and ends fondling her sweet heavenly assets- making her moan in pleasure for a few minutes before he spun her around and gave her a smack on the ass that made her squeal in surprise. Ichigo looked on speechless as he tried his damnedest to staunch the impending geyser of the red stuff erupting from his nose. The strawberry looked to his right where Moka did not say a word. He knew the Vampire well enough THAT was a danger sign and her self imposed silence was not good news whatsoever! It didn't help matters at all as her ire turn to him as the Mermaid screamed bloody murder, slapped poor Tsukune for hire perceived impertinence, ran and jumped strait towards him, and finally clinging to him cutely like a damsel in distress. It didn't really help his cause when Tamao tried to rub it in Moka's face by smirking at the very agitatedly jealous silver haired girl and then rubbing her breasts on his broad chest. Needless to say the explosion of Yoki thereafter made Yukari dive low in order not to get singed by its potent power.

Five minutes later...

"SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT GIRL COZ SHE IS SERIOUSLY PISSING ME THE HELL OFF!" Tsukune shouted comically.

"Yeah, she's being a little pest!" Kurumu said hotly.

"How DARE she molest me in public!" Tamao said exasperatedly. "My Ichigo- kun is the only one allowed to touch me in such a manner! Isn't that right darling?"

Tamao looked at Ichigo lovingly and waited in bathed breath for his answer. The annoyed Moka's temper flared as several tick marks appeared all over her body and she started grinding her teeth comically. To his credit, the strawberry actually swallowed the lump in his throat and the sweat dropped as he gazed at the Mermaid...

"Yes darling do please elaborate on how you'll do unspeakable and embarrassing things towards Tamao-sempai's curvaceously luscious flesh!" Moka said sarcastically.

"Oh don't be intimidated by that insolent harpy my darling, she's just jealous of our close skinship!" Tamao said dismissively.

"You're not helping Tamao-sempai!" Ichigo said scowling.

Tsukune looked on in astonishment and Kurumu who recovered from being groped earlier stood by the brown haired boy sweat dropping at the two rival women as they tried to intimidate the other...

"Wow that's a new one..." Tsukune said blandly. "Are they like hissing at each other now..."

Indeed Moka and Tamao were in fact hissing at each other comically...

"Yeah...it looks like they are doing that huh?" Kurumu said half lidded. "But what did you expect though but at least it's kinda entertaining you know?"

"I guess..."

Kurumu then looked at him critically and her scrutiny made him a little nervous. The brown haired boy started sweating bullets though when she imitated Ichigo and scowled at him for no apparent reason...

"A ha ha, what's wrong Kurumu-chan?"

Her s scowl depended as is she was contemplating something important but moments later, she replied...

"Why did you grope me earlier Tsukune-kun?"

"For the love of...I told you it wasn't me coz I couldn't control my body ok!" He replied exasperatedly.

The bluenette gaze at him to see discern the truth of his words then she suddenly blushed...

"Well next time if you wanted to touch me..." Kurumu said seductively. "All you had to do was ask..."

Taukune's eyes widened for a second, taking in Kurumu's uncharacteristic demureness before her words actually registered in his brain and comprehended its meaning. Then when he finally understood, a fountain of blood sprayed all over the room as it exploded comically and he fell on the floor like a wet noodle. Kurumu looked at him in worry but stopped and sweat dropped as Moka and the others were sitting down and watching the whole spectacle. The little brat Yukari was munching popcorn and was passing the bucket around. The Vampire was snickering while she enjoyed some tea while Tamao had a handkerchief and was dabbing her eyes as errant tears fell down her porcelain white cheeks. Ichigo sat in between the two women and he didn't seem to appreciate being forced to sit down and watch what he felt should be a private moment by the indication of his deep scowl and how his hands were crossed in his broad chest. Kurumu notices though that the strawberry was faintly blushing...

"Uh uh, I wander what happens next! Will the slutty Succubus take advantage of poor Tsukune-san's weakness so that she can molest him? Stay tuned gossip mongers and soap opera addicts for the next episode of Succubus Blues!" Yukari announced.

A large knot formed on Kurumu's forehead...

"Impressive Yukari-chan, you almost sound like a real soap opera narrator..." Tamao complimented.

"Ah gee thanks...aside from my love of magic..." Yukari explained. "I always wanted to be an actress!"

"Well your doing a good job so keep up the good work..."

"Why thank you Tamao-sempai for your encouragement!"

"You welcome dear..." Tamao said smiling.

"Aww what happened?" Moka pouted. "Just when it was about to get interesting too! I hate fricken cliff hangers!"

"Ha ha you guys but you'll aren't funny!" Kurumu said sarcastically.

Ichigo looked at all his friends and sweat dropped. Weren't they all arguing and were trying to teach Yukari a lesson for her pranks on them? He wonder sometimes if they were all bipolar or is it the mystery lunch that the school sells in the cafeteria that is making them act so weird. But he had enough crap today especially from Akashiya so he figures he'll keep his thoughts to himself thank you very much...

Moments later...

Yukari hid behind Moka and because she wasn't sorry at all, she dropped an eyelid and stuck her tongue out at the three aggravated and annoyed victims of the little witch's practical jokes. Several tick marks popped all over their body. Ichigo was in the background observing all the shenanigans and didn't feel like getting involved in the mess...

"Ok you guys, calm down so we can discuss this like rational adults..." Moka said.

"Calm down, don't tell me to calm down!" Tamao shouted several octaves. "This little brat has a lot to answer for! I've been molested by a damn broom dammit!"

"Oh please, you know you like it you hentai exhibitionist!" Moka whispered to Yukari who giggled at what she said.

"What did you say!" Tamao said aggravated.

"Oh nothing!" The Vampire replies innocently. "Geez Tamao-sempai you need to relax before you pop a blood vessel or something!"

"I. AM. RELAXED. THANK. YOU!" She said snarling.

Moka and Yukari looked at each other and sweat dropped...

"Moka-san, you're way too easy on her! You should put your foot down like you always do and tell her that she's being a bother!" Tsukune said. "I mean its for her own sake too you know!"

"I hate to say it but it's true Akashiya. We can't baby and accommodate her forever. She has to learn that her actions breed consequences..." Ichigo said sternly.

Yukari winced and looked away from Ichigo's scathing gaze feeling ashamed but for some reason, Moka and Tamao blushed at the strawberry's seeming tough love towards the young witch. The two rivals thought he looked gallant and deliciously manly at the moment...

"I'm a bother to even Moka-san and I'm a disappointment to Ichigo-sempai?" Yukari thought sadly.

"Ichigo's right Moka-chan we just can't indulge her and let her do whatever the hell she wants and get away with it!" Kurumu said growling.

"Besides if she hangs around you and Ichigo all the time, would she lose her friends?" Tsukune added.

There was an eerie silence at first but after awhile Yukari replied...

"I don't mind because I don't have a need for inferior people with low ability as friends..." Yukari said softly.

The three of them got even more aggravated at the unveiled jab referring to the them...

"Besides...besides I...I-I've been always alone!"

Ichigo scowled and payed attention to the sudden somber air surrounding the young witch. The rest of the group were a little shocked and words escaped their throats at the moment. The strawberry didn't realize that the little girl felt so isolated and alone until he saw her cheerful demeanor melt away when Tsukune mentioned friends. Now that he thought about it, the way the students treated her was deplorable and disgusting. It actually reminded him how the people back home thinks he's some kind of thug only because the damn bigoted idiots didn't like his orange hair! It must be the same for Yukari being a a hybrid and all.

"And just like me being a Vizard..."

In many ways the Substitute could empathize with the little witch. How they coped with adversity was different as night and day. Where Ichigo stood up for what he believes is right, Yukari pulled the stupid practical jokes. The strawberry also didn't tolerate bullshit from the living and the dead and because of that, he found himself in more fights than he cared to admit. She on the other hand, tried to ignore the idiots but when it was finally too much for her to bear - she retaliated using her magic but she never used violence like Ichigo did. Most importantly he had friends to hang out with and stick up for him -even if he didn't need their help -while she was alone because she alienated everyone with her pranks. In conclusion, he knew what she was going through or at least sympathize and if he was going to help her then he must not coddle her and treat the little witch like a child. Ichigo knew the little genius is gifted with superior intellect and in time he's sure that the little witch will realize what she's doing is the wrong way to go about things...

Ichigo began to sweat drop though when Yukari took out her wand, twirling it around for a little bit before 3 pans appeared and hit Tsukune, Kurumu, and, Tamao on the head. He looked at Moka and he could tell that she was trying her best not to laugh out loud. She actually came up to him and rested her head on his shoulder while she giggled uncontrollably. Being so close to her made the Substitute blush but he didn't do or say anything to discourage the Vampire. Ichigo was very aware of her close proximity and he couldn't help take a whiff of her perfume as its sweet fragrance enveloped his sense of smell. Actually now that he thought about it, he don't really mind at all and for some reason, he liked her being close to him. But never let it be said that he would not admit his feelings to any of his friends considering that all the women in his life - the exception of his sisters of course - are a bunch of big mouthed chatter boxes far worse gossips than fishermen's wives...

"You ok, Akashiya?"

Moka looked at him seriously for a moment before she rested her head on his shoulder again and started to giggle madly like a little school girl as her carefully masked facade and usually iron willed composure broke down in fitful laughter. The silver haired girl knew that she was being silly but deep down it was an opportunity and an excuse to get near him and admire his rather hot body up close and personal. As far as she was concerned, he didn't push her away yet so either he liked being near her too, or maybe he didn't care either way, or both. It didn't matter though at least she paid Tamao-sempai back for clinging to the strawberry like static charged fabric softener earlier. The Vampire smiled as his body tense every time she playfully slap his chest in mirth. She took note of that and filed it away later so that she has ammunition to tease him with at a later date.

"Um hello?" Ichigo said. "Earth to Akashiya, come in Akashiya!"

"I'm -tee hee hee- fine!"

"We'll it don't look like it giggles..." He replied blandly.

"And it wasn't THAT funny dammit!" Tamao complained.

Looking at the mermaid's disheveled state set Moka off again and because of this, she lost her balance and fell. Ichigo was there to her rescue in a flash. He blushed as his hands took purchase of her curvaceous hips while she turned crimson as the silver haired girl felt his big strong hands around her waist. Tsukune and Kurumu looked on in shock but Tamao however was pissed as all hell as her jealousy raged and wished she was the one being held instead of the annoying Vampire! The action however triggered another vision hidden in her memories as the scene before her melted away. This time she felt herself falling and a period of darkness. Next thing she knew she was floating high above the air and then she noticed strong hands encircling her waist gently. Moka remembered blushing and then the memory abruptly ended. The last thing she remembered was that she recalled that she was looking into beautiful brown eyes in wonder and that the same piercing gaze was looking at her right now. Her eyes widened and looked closely at Ichigo who blushed from her intense scrutiny of his face.

Yukari looked proud as the two people she admired the most were getting closer but she couldn't help but run away. The feeling that she was being a nuisance to both of them bothered and saddens her...

Moka was still looking intensely into his face as if she would find the answer if she gets lost in his eyes. Much to her disappointed, the strawberry shied away and avoided her crimson eyes as he adorably blushed and reluctantly let her go. The Vampire quirked an eyebrow as she follow his gaze and noticed that Yukari was running away. She noticed how serious he looked and he turned around and started walking out the door...

"Where are you going?" Moka called out to him.

"Isn't it obvious? I'm going to bring Yukari back..."

The 4 of them looked at each other puzzled...

"Well I don't know about you guys but I'm going with him." Tamao declared. "Wait for me darling, I'm coming with you!"

A big tick mark appeared over Moka's head. Truth be told, she didn't want that mermaid hussy pulling the wool over Kurosaki's eyes and take advantage of him. Quite franky, imaging that ancient lascivious fish would probably make her hurl her lunch. If anyone was going to teach the strawberry anything about the opposite sex then it would be her. She stopped that thought for a moment and blushed furiously but she didn't have the time to reflect on things while the mermaid had a little head start on her...

"Oh hell no your not!" Moka called out. "I'm not going to leave you and Kurosaki alone!"

Using her speed, she caught up to the mermaid quickly and they were both side by side glaring at each other in the eye while the briskly walked comically trying to catch up to Ichigo who happened to turn right at the corner at the end of the hallway. When they rounded that same corner they were both astonished as the hallway before them was empty as if the strawberry vanished. The two women looked at the hallway then at each other and wondered where he went. Moka's eyes narrowed dangerously, how can that idiot disappear when she and Tamao were nipping at his heels? Now her nagging desire to know what Ichigo's true monster form have taken hold of her and she is determined to get her answers. Perhaps if she knew what he really is, then perhaps the annoying dreams will finally stop, at least she hoped so. Moka blinked for a moment and during her reflection that dishonorable fish made a run for it and was already at the end of the hallway. She growled in frustration and went after her hated rival...

Meanwhile...

Yukari ran out outside as fast as her short legs can carry her. Those 3 poopy heads were stupid anyway, what did she care what they think? In fact all the students here were a bunch of idiots! The only two people she will make an exception for is Moka-san and Ichigo-sempai whom she might add are probably disappointed with her right now. The little witch could stand the teasing, ignore the ridicule, and fight back the hatred that she had to endure everyday, all her life. But she cannot accept the disappointed looks from the two people she looks up to the most. That was far too much to bear even if she didn't let any of her emotions run away and kept her cool this showing the world she didn't give a damn what they think of her. Still Ichigo and Moka were her idols and hanging with the two of them was the most fun and fulfilling time of her life. Well, she figures that Tsukune guy, the bluenette with boobies the size of watermelons, and that old fossil were fun to be with too. They certainly know how to lighten things up with their everyday shenanigans that's for sure!

But it saddens her that she disappointed Ichigo-sempai and she cringed as she took the full brunt of the infamous scowl. So all the rumors about his scathing gaze could make anyone spontaneously combust if the strawberry stared at someone hard enough was false! However to be actually be on the receiving end of that cold, hard, gaze was terrifying especially if he was mad and then add his Yoki energy behind that stare was an experience that the little witch didn't want on her worst enemies. Well, ok maybe she wanted Ichigo-sempai to scare the bejesus out of them and seeing 'em piss in their pants will be funny as hell but that's another subject all together.

Moka-san seems to disapprove of her behavior as well but her usual outspokenness was either tempered because of Ichigo's influence on her or because the silver haired beauty seemed so preoccupied with her thoughts lately. Now that the little witch thought about it, Moka did look out of it today, as if she was contemplating her feelings and trying to sort out some unspoken burden deep within her soul. In fact, she hadn't been herself lately and it would seem that she was back to normal whenever she's hanging around Ichigo while doing the usual thing they do. The public did not pick up on her unusual behavior because either Moka was an expert in hiding her feelings really well or she just scares the shit out of people to leave her alone! Yukari had a feeling it was more latter than the former and as everyone in the school knows, she can be very scary if she wanted to...

However the years of being isolated and shunned by her fellow Yokai has finally caught up to her and it didn't matter if she was running away like she always did...

"Did you hear the rumors that girl is just eleven?"

"Yeah I know right? She's such a brat! Why do we always get stuck with her anyway?"

"And why does she wear that disgusting witch costume?"

"Aren't witches closer to humans more than anything?"

"You have no right to be in this Academy so get out of here!"

"Shut up! It doesn't matter what you idiots say! I don't mind being alone!" Yukari said.

That declaration however felt hollow to Yukari now that he met Moka, Ichigo and the she was still deep thought, the little witch didn't see someone block her path and she ran into him...

"Kyah! Hey stupid watch where you're going!"

"How rude you were the one who bumped into me Yukari-san!"

Yukari looked up and was startled for a moment before she realized who it was...
"C-class R-representative?"

"I haven't forgiven you for humiliating me in front of all those students, remember?" He asked.

Yukari looked at hime and sweat dropped...

"Uh not to rub you the wrong way but it was Ichigo-sempai who mopped the floor with you, remember." Yukari said seriously. "Since you know, you suck!"

"Still as impertinent as ever and I will deal with Kurosaki-san when the time comes. Meanwhile I've been itching to get you alone..." He said menacingly.

As he said those words, the Class Rep and his cronies seemed to transform into something hideous and Yukari was taken aback and swallowed the big lump on her throat...

Somewhere outside campus...

Moka was not in a very good mood and the depressing fog was making her even more irritable than usual. Not only was she having dreams- well more like nightmares really - apparently about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the events up in the roof top two weeks ago, her visions always seemed to star Ichigo as the main attraction. Not only was it exhausting, she's wondering - if she could dream about anything and anyone - why the hell was she seeing that idiot when she's unconscious too? Seriously, she sees him in school, she sits practically next to him in class, and then hang out right after the Newspaper Club meeting is over. It's far too much strawberry overload and seeing him in her dreams too is just overkill. It's like her unconscious is conspiring against her and trying to give her a hint about Kami knows what!

Well, actually it was only recently that she hung around with him considering he's been playing teacher approved skipping the last couple of weeks. Well now that she thought about it, the fact that they hung around was rather pleasant and she won't admit it to anyone or to herself, getting to know the strawberry wasn't as painful as she thought it would be. In fact Moka was loathe to admit she ENJOYED their time together and for some reason when he suddenly been skipping school that she actually missed his company of all people! The silver haired beauty's eyes widened and she blushed furiously at the preposterous thought! Still she had to give it to Ichigo, it's never a dull moment when he's around!

Moka craned her neck from left to right and left to see if there was anyone around. It's nearly 5:30 pm and a light fog blanketed the entire area. Seeing that no one was there to witness her eternal embarrassment, the Vampire allowed herself to blush as she thought about the fascinatingly, annoying but interesting strawberry. Her flushed cheeks got even more crimson as her traitorous thoughts strayed at the close call this morning when she thought he was about to kiss her! A growl escaped her throat as her disappointment returned and gnawed agonizingly at her nerves. Wait, if she was frustrated about it for some reason, did that mean that she really does have feelings for him?

"S-so d-did it mean that I did really want to k-k-k-kiss him?"

Realization dawned upon her and she stopped again abruptly as the truth was uncovered and the color from her entire being, comically disappeared leaving her as white as a marble Greek statue as her jaw dropped in an exaggerated manner...

"I-it c-can't be..." Moka said stunned. "T-there's no way I have a thing for Kurosaki!"

The imaginary wheel on top of her head comically turned as she recalled her every interaction with Ichigo. At first their relationship was rockier than Mt. Fuji as they argue literally everywhere, all day, everyday. But as they got to know each other her feelings for him began to change and she looks at him differently now. She has no idea when it all changed but one thing is for certain, he's still the same frustratingly annoying idiot she met and she probably would have pulled all her hair out already because of his obstinate, stubborn refusal to acknowledge her pride of the superior Vampire heritage. Though she can't deny that the strawberry did indeed have a mysterious power unlike anything that she has ever encountered before. Just thinking about it's unparalleled strength and the way that his Youki exerts crushing forces that would flatten and thus defeating opponents with by its weight alone. She has yet see him actually do something extraordinary but the simple fact that his presence can be felt and then feared is impressive in on itself.

Quite simply put Kurosaki Ichigo is the pinnacle of hotness. His handsome good looks is quite easy on the eyes and his medium but tight muscular build has every girl in school drooling after him. Just thinking about those hard six pack abs has her comically hyperventilating and the Vampire ended up becoming a blushing mess as she fanned herself desperately to cool down. He was such a hot commodity that every girl in the school were fighting each other tooth and nail trying to get his attention. It was a good thing then that he is dense enough not to notice their obviously blatant advances although she is rather nervous how aggressive Tamao-sempai has been lately. So did this mean that she had to step up her game as well in the face of fierce competition?

Moka paled significantly and she blushed furiously. Just thinking about showing any part of her body was embarrassing enough. To expose herself especially in front of a boy was too much! Any dumb ass stupid enough to even try to look was scum of the Earth and will more likely get dropped kicked in the face! Though she's loathe to admit it, she did rather enjoy Kurosaki squirm every time she flashed him her lacy underwear. Seeing him turn redder than a tomato was worth the price of admission on itself. Now that Moka thought about it, she would never in her life do something this bold or mortifying in the past and she finds that if it came to that annoying idiot, she didn't really mind at all. Makes her wonder what's so special about him then? Speaking of special, Moka finally caught up to the Mermaid just as the old fossil jumped the strawberry yet again! Seriously, that idiot should stop being so nice to everyone and let her fall on her face! A big tick mark appeared above her forehead when the black haired girl's "affections" started becoming rated R by the way Kurosaki was protesting. The silver haired girl sighed. It seemed that she needed to rescue him from that fish woman yet again...

"Kurosaki, what ever will you do without me?" Moka whispered smirking.

Before she could attempt a rescue though, she needed to even up the battlefield a little bit. As much as she didn't like the idea, it was unfortunately a necessary "evil" as it were. The silver haired girl blushed as she unbuttoned her shirt thereby releasing her breasts from its confines and made sure that a little bit of her pink bra showed in a teasing manner. She then tied the bottom of her shirt underneath her assets, giving her a more pronounced cleavage. Moka looked herself over and silently thanked her mother for vigorously training her when she was younger as there was no trace of fat what so ever on her well toned abs. She never would have something this embarrassing in the past but since she was saving that idiot, she will make this one exception. The Vampire then took a couple of scrunchies and swept up her luxurious silver her into pig tails. Then she sweat dropped and wondered what the hell she was doing and her gaze wondered to Ichigo and her rival and what she saw solidified her resolve! Tamao was now vigorously clamped the strawberry's head in a vice grip and was proceeding to bury his face in her breasts. Her blood boiled as the idiot protested rather weakly in her opinion as he didn't seem to be complaining about his predicament too much! Then for some reason she remembered a conversation with the Succubus about the very subject...

"What did you expect Moka-chan?" Kurumu told her knowingly. "Ichigo may be a gentleman most of the time but he's still a hormonal teenager at heart, you know!"

Moka agreed with her assessment and discussed in further detail which she will not repeat as it was very embarrassing! She adjusted her bra for maximum effect and made sure her pigtails were in place. Then the silver haired girl blinked and then sweat dropped. Now that she thought about it, she's been hanging around Kurumu too much if she had to tweak herself like this. Moka heard the idiot's high pitched scream and she quickly made her way towards them and she deliberately interrupted their "skinship!"

"Oops, my bad!"

Moka shoved Tamao out of the way and she was sent flying hitting through the wall and sailing along the hallway. Currently Ichigo had his eyes tightly shut and was red as a tomato and for some reason she thought it was rather adorable...

"She's gone Kurosaki, you can now bow down and heap your praises of appreciation upon me later if you want!" Moka said jokingly.

"Thanks Akashiya, I owe you one!"

Then when he finally opened his eyes and looked at her, he gasped in surprise and his orbs widened noticeably to her satisfaction. Right there in front of him was a Goddess and his brain functions began to slow down. He never would have thought the girl's Academy uniform could be worn in such a manner and he found that he rather liked the way Akashiya modified her look. Ichigo then realized that the silver haired girl was showing way too much skin...

"Hmm, what has gotten in to you all of a sudden I wonder?" Moka asked innocently. Then in a seductive manner. "Why, do you see something you like perhaps?"

"Y-yes err n-no...Dammit woman put some damn clothes on!" Ichigo shouted while covering his face with his hands. He wasn't doing a good job of it though as she could see a brown eye staring through the gap in his hands...

"But why?" Moka pouted cutely. "You know you like my little outfit you naughty boy!"

"Hah, as if!" Tamao shouted as she hobbled comically towards them.

"Damn, you're still alive?" Moka asked blandly disappointed.

"When it comes to my darling, I will never go down easily!" Tamao declared boldly.

"Well I'll do a more thorough job next time!" She growled

"Oh yeah, I like to see you try!" The Mermaid said hotly.

Sparks flew between them and Ichigo couldn't help but sigh...

"I don't know about you but before I got sidelined..." Ichigo said glaring at Tamao who blushed and scratched the back of her head sheepishly. "...I was looking for Yukari. Can I trust you ladies to NOT kill each other when I leave?"

"Eew you want me to keep her company, that may be too much to ask of me darling!" Tamao said pouting. "But since it's you though perhaps I can make an exception..."

"And what makes you think I'll hang around with that disgusting amorous wench!" Moka replied darkly pointing at said amorous wench.

"Ichigo-kun, Moka-chan is being mean to me!"

Moka's left eyebrow twitched violently as Tamao smoothly enclosed Ichigo in her arms and aggravated the Vampire even more when she smirked about it. Not to be out done, the silver haired girl pushed the Mermaid out of the way so that she was the one hugging Ichigo and stuck her tongue out to the black haired girl on the ground in retaliation for the black haired girl's actions. Tamao had a large tick mark on her forehead grabbed the blushing strawberry and took up residence on his left side while Moka hogged his right. Again, sparks flew between the two rivals and for some reason or another clung to him rather tightly and thereby squeezing two delicious pairs of breasts on his broad chest. Ichigo nearly hyperventilated as their soft warm pillows pressed against him and he gulped as he couldn't help but notice the curvaceous hills and valleys of bouncy, delectable flesh that was displayed before him. He decided to raise his hands up considering he had two beauties vying for his attention and he didn't really quite trust where his idle hands might roam! He made a mistake looking down though and he was greeted with a bird's eye view of their cleavage that nearly made his nose erupt in a fountain of blood.

"What the hell are you guys doing?" Ichigo said in a high pitched voice.

Ichigo tried his best to look the two beautiful girls in the eyes and he noticed that both of them were blushing madly. Moka in particular looked away but he could tell she was trying to suppress the color of crimson showing on her cheeks. She looked so cute trying to hide her feelings that were so obviously present on her face and she would occasionally look towards him as if to gauge his reaction. The strawberry then look at Tamao and gulped as she met his gaze lovingly which annoyed the other girl clinging to him like white on rice...

"Just wanted to know whose breasts you liked better darling..." Tamao replied seriously. Then he noticed her demeanor changed as she continued in a sultry manner. "...considering that you can't seem to keep your eyes still you bad little doggy!"

"I-I don't know what your talking about!" The strawberry said in denial.

"Seriously, give it up Kurosaki!" Moka said looking up and glaring him. She didn't realize how so much taller he was and now that she's so near him, it was rather quite apparent obviously. She then says. "Don't even think of weaseling your way out of this. And if you know what's good for you, better make the right choice understand!"

"Ah gee thanks for the your overwhelming vote of confidence!" Ichigo said sarcastically.

"Regardless Ichigo-kun, isn't it about time you chose whom you like best?" Tamao asked.

"Dammit, do I have to?"

The two ladies clinging to him nodded vigorously and they earnestly waited patiently in anticipation of his answer. While Tamao looked rather cute and starry eyed at him; Moka on the other hand was balefully trying to glare a large hole through his head but for some reason she looked so damn cute! It didn't really help that he was getting way too much cleavage looking down on the most beautiful women in school while smelling each girl's distinctive but unique perfume they use each day. The sensory overload was too much dammit! He can deal and adapt to a lot of things easily enough but this "chicks trying to get his attention" thing is completely new to him! He suppose that it figured that an entire population of the female persuasion in a school that so happened to be in another dimension would go after him when the girls in Karakura Town avoided him like the plague. Oh and let us not forget that his ravenous, drooling fan base so happened to be monsters too! Rukia once joked him that he attracted the strangest people and he had to admit begrudgingly that the midget was right.

The two girls were still looking at him expectantly and the combination of their cuteness and sex appeal was overloading his senses and he did the only thing that he could think of that would save his sanity...

"Hey look it's Godzilla!"

Distracted, the two of them let him go and eagerly looked for the legendary King of Monsters. Their enthusiasm gave him the opening to escape and make his way towards Yukari. Moka blinked for a moment and realized that she was staring at nothing and when she looked back towards Ichigo, she wasn't surprised that he was gone and that they were tricked quite readily...

"Darling, are you sure?" Tamao asked pouting. "I can't see anywhere. It must be all this fog..."

"Idiot, there is no Godzilla because there is no such thing and that Kurosaki played us and got away!"

"Bitch, don't you be saying anything bad about darling!"

"This is a free country and I can say anything I want bitch!"

They glared at each other for a moment before the both of them sighed...

"Look if we stop bickering for a moment, I'm sure that we can find darling trying to help that little witch girl. If we find her, we find Ichigo-kun. So for now we work together and sure we'll find him when we see the little brat!"

"So are you proposing a truce?" Moka asked skeptically.

"Yes, once we find Ichigo and help Yukari-chan then all bets are off and it's every girl for herself agreed?"

"Fine, whatever!" Moka replied. "I must say that's the smartest thing you said all day."

"It would seem that ground rules are needed. Rule no. 1: no insults!

"Oh yeah, then you can't be all over him like a leech and no flirting!"

"Whatever, can you think of anything else?"

"Wait why do we need rules if the truce is only temporary?" Moka asked blandly.

"So we are on equal footing when it is no longer in effect." Tamao replied. "Just so you know Moka-chan, I'm not going to give up on Ichigo-kun easily!"

"As if I care!"

"Hah, you'll be changing your tune when I win Ichigo's affections and you'll end up hearing us having some very "wholesome" fun...ALL. NIGHT. LONG!"

Then a tick mark appeared above the silver haired girl's head and replied sassily...

"Ah like you said, you have to win his affections first. By the time you do that though, I already have him turned to putty in my hands and you'll be the one hearing screams of ecstasy as he writhes underneath me!"

"We'll see...

Moka and Tamao hlared at each other for a moment and couldn't help but blush furiously for some reason. But the two rivals recovered quickly and shook hands to seal their agreement and vanished into the thick fog together...

Meanwhile...

"It could be because she's one of the hated race..." Kurumu explained.

"Hated race? what did you mean that?" Tsukune asked.

For some reason Tsukune found himself sitting in front of a blackboard while Kurumu-sensei- complete with the black tight skirt and a white buttoned up shirt that revealed way too much cleavage for his comfort was in front of said board about to break down a lesson. On the board was a diagram of some kind and a few notes about some historical facts. Kurumu then clapped her hands to get his attention and she leaned in and Tsukune got an eyeful of boobs while Kurumu smirked and adjusted her "librarian" looking glasses...

"Didn't you know? If you think about it, you really can't tell whether or not witches are monsters or human, right? Long ago they were called "boundary beings" but today they are considered half breeds and are discriminated against! However, in the human world they were despised and hated and an example of this deplorable acts of hatred would be the witch hunts during The Middle Ages and The Salem Witch Trials in the the New World during during 1692."

"Ah, I see..." Tsukune replied.

"As sad as it is (and just as annoying) that girl would probably have been alone until now..."

Tsukune stopped for a moment and reflected upon the information "Kurumu-sensei" has revealed to him. Now it all fell into place and it was a very sad thing indeed that hatred would exist even in the world of Yokai. It was no wonder she gravitated towards Ichigo and Moka-san because they gave her the praise and attention that she never heard from others. It is because of this that she admired and idolized the most popular students in the school for they were the people she desperately wanted to be closer to and perhaps maybe even become their friend. The long years of isolation and fighting the institutionalized bigotry has made the little girl bitter and it was a sad thing indeed for someone as young as her become so jaded in such a short time. Perhaps it was time to put the petty crap aside and be one of those friends Yukari needed. His resolve set, Tsukune sweat dropped as Kurumu gave one those beautiful but naughty smiles as she waited for him to come back to reality. As much as he liked the sexy teacher cosplay she had going, Tsukune reluctantly raised his hand. The bluenette who was still in character, acknowledged him and asked...

"What is it Auono-san?" Did you needed something clarified?" Kurumu asked.

"I actually understood your lesson Kurumu-chan." Tsukune said. "But I'm curious about one thing though...c

"Oh and what is that?"

"Oh I don't know, something like how in the world you ended up in that outfit and wishing my home room teacher looked hot?" Tsukune asked blandly.

Kurumu was taken aback from his bold statement and a light blush colored her cheeks...

"Well. I thought you would pay attention to me more if I looked like a teacher. But it seemed that something was distracting you even then!"

"Uh yeah, whose fault is that flashing me with those melons which were distracting me..." Tsukune said softly.

"What was that?" Kurumu said sternly.

"Nothing Kurumu-sensei..."

"It seems that you've been a very naughty..." Kurumu said in a mock admonishing tone. "I think you need to be punished and I need to give you detention!"

"Are you serious?" Tsukune asked

"Though because you're my favorite maybe I'll take it easy on you and perhaps make detention for you...worthwhile!" Kurumu said seductively.

The implications of her words dawned on Tsukune and a geyser of blood burst forth from his nose and sprayed comically all over the place...

"Ah that's ok Kurumu-chan..."

"Hey that's Kurumu-sensei to you mister!"

"Uh hate to rain on your parade but we need to find Ichigo and the others remember?"

"Aww do we have to?" Kurumu pouted cutely.

Then before Tsukune could do anything to stop her, the Succubus moved the desk aside and sat sideways on his lap so she can look him in the eyes. From this position, the brown haired boy has the front seat view of her beautiful face, her delectable assets, and the silky smooth thighs she crossed just now. He knew she was only teasing him as usual but the visual stimulation her gorgeous body provided him was something to behold and it rendered all his brain functions inoperative at the moment. After a few minutes, he recovered enough to at least make a coherent sentence...

"Yes we do..."

"Oh pooh, you're no fun!" She said puffing her cheeks. "But I guess you're right though..."

Kurumu looked at him and smiled...

"Uh, Kurumu-chan aren't you getting up?"

The Succubus surprised him by leaning her head on his shoulder and thereby getting a big whiff of her perfume...

"Let's stay like this for a little while longer?"

"Sure...why not."

Kurumu clapped her hands in glee and made herself comfortable as she nestled against Tsukune's shoulder again. After a few minutes of comically trying NOT to touch anything inappropriate, his hand ended up rubbing her back as she smiled blissfully at him. Her breathing started slowing down and the mesmerizing way her boobs start to rise and fall was very hypnotic to say the least...

"Kurumu-chan aren't we going to uh find Yukari-chan and the others?" Tsukune asked.

It seemed however that the Succubus didn't answer and then it dawned on him that she fell asleep in sitting on his lap in the middle of the forest! She was sleeping so peacefully that he didn't want to disturb her. Still, they needed to find their friends and it was distracting to think when he has one of the hottest girls in school; sleeping on a boy and trusting in him to be a gentleman even though he had an good eyeful of her deliciously dangerous cleavage threatening to be released from the confines of her buttoned up shirt. He tried his best to keep control of his -ahem- "little buddy" from poking awkward places. Then he realized that her weight was actually cutting the circulation on his legs and the feeling of numbness began to creep up his leg. The awkwardness of it all made him sweat drop. However Tsukune couldn't help but chuckle and he decided to let the Sleeping Beauty on his lap to rest a little while longer...

Back to Yukari...

Yukari wasn't enjoying life at the moment. Thinking that her two idols were disappointed in her; she didn't notice her surroundings being too distracted to pay attention and bumped in to one of the most annoying people she had the unfortunate displeasure of meeting at a time of reflection. The Class Rep had it in for her since the beginning and it wasn't because she was violating the school dress code either. As much as he thinks that's he's "only" looking out for her, in reality he's just a bigoted and biased prick! Now said prick is showing his true colors as he shoved her backwards and the little witch hits a trunk of tree. Surrounded from all sides with his cronies, the Class Rep sneered at the helpless girl and said...

"Witches are such disgusting creatures!"

As he said this he began to transform...

"We don't need a girl like you in contaminating our class with your filth!"

Yukari gasped as finally morphed into a Lizardman, saliva oozing out of his snout as a row of needle like razor sharp teeth flashed threateningly at her.

"Why don't I get rid of this Academy with you!"

The little witch brandished her wand only for her to look in dismay as the Lizardman gobbled up easily enough. She knew she was in trouble as the Class Rep chewed casually on what used to be her wand as she cannot use magic without it...

"I'm screwed..." Yukari thought morosely.

"So what should we do with her?"

"Let's just eat her. With this fog nobody's gonna know!"

"Good idea. LET'S JUST EAT HER UP!"

"Kyaaah!"

The Class Rep was about to gobble her up but he found himself and his cronies on their hands and knees. Unbearable pressure was pressing painfully on their backs and it was hard to breath as they gasp and struggle for every breath. The strange Yoki eased somewhat and before she knows it, she was in the presence of The Reaper of Yokai Academy. The young witch blinked in astonishment as a tall man in a black kimono, wielding what essentially is a giant butcher knife of a sword and wearing a mask of a human skull. The intimidating yellow eyes seemed to glare at her and she could look the mysterious hero for long. But why would he help her though considering that she was being chased by those creatures with holes on their chests? She might as well ask and find out. She swallowed and tried to ask him but before she could formulate the question she had in mind, he addresses her first...

"Are you alright?" The man asked.

Yukari shuddered as the hair on the back of her neck seemed to rise and goosebumps covered her body. The way his voice echo was even more scarier than an angry Vampire! She swallowed again and tried to reply to his query...

""Y-yes..."

"Good, now I think you should go back and find your friends." He told her. "I heard that they were looking for you..."

The little witch looked at him in astonishment, why would those dorks look for her anyway? It's not like the genius endeared herself to them. She did pull a prank on them after all...

"Wait how did you know that they were looking for me?"

"Let's just say that I have been watching and leave it at that..."

"Yukari sweat dropped...

"Uh thanks?"

"Don't worry about it..."

She looked at him and nodded. Then he continued talking...

"You know I gotta admire your tenacity. Despite your fellow Yokai's prejudice against you, you never gave up. You kept on fighting for what you believe in and I think that's a very mature of you for someone your age. So what if the idiots discriminate against you, keep your head up and fight the good fight. Sometimes though there are battles that are too big even for you to handle. That's where your friends come in. True friends will be there with you through thick and thin. Through the good times and the bad. No matter what these are the people who will support you, encourage you, joke with you, and have your back. There is no shame in asking for help once in a while. You have been alone haven't you, all your life right? I know what you are going through because I was alone too until I met my nakama. So I tell you now, don't push away the people who are trying to help you..."

Yukari's eyes widen. Despite the fact that this was her first encounter with The Reaper and heard the rumors about him that he was an intimidating no nonsense hero that all the girls in school were raving about like lunatics. She couldn't have imagine that a stranger would know so much about her and that he would give her advice like how older brothers would give to their little sisters. Unbidden tears, rolled down on her cheeks as understanding finally dawned on her. He continued with his little speech and she listened eagerly for the wisdom his words may bring...

"And find someone to protect. A friend of mine once told me: Abandon your fear. Look forward. Move forward and never stop. You'll age if you pull back. You'll die if you hesitate. That is the code I live by and if you so want I pass them on to you."

The masked man then reached out and mussed up her hair like a brother would his younger sibling...

"Be proud of who you are and let no one say otherwise."

"Thank you..."

"If you need me, just call my name and I will come..."

"Zangetsu-san!"

The Reaper turned around and caught Tamao as she glomped him...

"Ichinose-san, I'm so glad to see you." Ichigo said. Then he added playfully. "I trust that you have been keeping yourself out of trouble?"

Tamao blushed furiously and pouted rather cutely...

"Oh come now. It wasn't so bad rescuing me right?"

"I suppose but pretty damsel likes you always attracts trouble!"

"S-stop it y-you're embarrassing me!"

Ichigo chuckled at Tamao's expense but she giggled as well after awhile. She then noticed that the Lizardmen were still pinned on the ground like some great weight has been put on top of their bodies. The Mermaid looked in astonishment at the power of Zangetsu as she can feel his powerful Yoki overwhelm these cretins and eventually made them all unconscious. Still it was undeniable that she felt safe whenever she was with him. As much as she admired Zangetsu for saving her life, but he could never replace the feelings for his darling Ichigo...

"There you are!"

"It's about time you finally caught up with me Moka-chan!" Tamao said smirking.

"Whatever..." Moka said rolling her eyes.

Then Moka finally saw and had taken a good look of the masked man for the first time. The times she had actually encountered one another, he was moving too fast for her to track. Now that she can finally scrutinize him up close and to keep up with insane speed. She openly looked him in his yellow eyes and she had to admit she was quite impressed despite the fearsome way his skull-like mask would cause fear and hysterics to all the enemies he faced. Though this was the first time she got to see him up close, for some reason she feels she has encountered him before. She tried to remember but she recalled nothing. Moka was thinking so hard that it gave her a headache and the forest suddenly started spinning. She felt herself pitching forward and expected to fall on her face but she found herself face to face with the mask man...

"When did he...move?" Moka said surprised.

"So fast..." Yukari whispered to herself.

Tamao already knew first hand how fast Zangetsu was but to be there in a blink of an eye has far surpassed her expectations. He was just as amazing as darling but in a different way but she was impressed nonetheless. Although she's quite annoyed that he would save the irritating Vampire! She knew however that Zangetsu-san would save anyone because that's what he does best even if the one who got rescued was an arrogant little bitch!

"Are you ok miss?"

"Yeah, just a little dizzy that's all..."

"Then I would suggest that you go back to the dorms and get a good nights rest?"

"No I'm fine..."

"It's no use talking to her Zangetsu-san. She is as stubborn as they come must be having to do with being a Vampire and all!" Tamao suggested.

"Why you wanna fight!" Moka said growling.

There wasn't much time for them to start hurtling insults at each other before they hear a haunting howling which was way too close for comfort. Then the Hollow landed not 10 feet away from them. It was humanoid with oversized arms as large as tree trunks and a heavily muscular build that would put a bodybuilder on steroids to shame! Yukari found the creature quite fascinating and wondered how can it live with such a gigantic hole on its chest? The three girls looked on with interest as The Reaper took his massive blade from his back and they stared with curiosity as the white bandages that wrapped the cleaver and acted as a makeshift sheathe then unfurled of its own and automatically shortened to a manageable length.

"Ichinose-san, Moka-san, take everyone to safety and let me handle this..."

"O-okay..."

For some reason that rubbed Moka the wrong way and she ended up glaring at him...

"Who are you that you think you can order a Vampire around?" Moka snapped.

Ichigo cursed but kept it to himself because with the impending showdown with the Hollow, he didn't need a distraction at the moment. As for Moka, her Vampire pride couldn't take the fact that he was the most qualified of them to handle the situation considering that she was somewhat "broken" for the the world started to spin and the Vampire comically swayed like a palm tree caught in a breeze. Things became more embarrassing when she found herself leaning on The Reaper's broad muscular chest...

"Oh and I suppose that you can fight leaning on me right?" Ichigo asked. " I guess I wouldn't mind if the leaner is such a hottie!"

Moka willed the world to stop spinning for a moment and glared at him despite looking like a blushing mess...

"And my goodness she looks so embarrassed. I didn't know Vampires could be so fearsome and cute simultaneously!"

"I'll show you fearsome and cute alright!" Moka threatened.

"No time for arguing pretty girl!" Ichigo said. Then he turned to Tamao. "Change of plans Ichinose-san, I will take care of her while you get the class Rep and his cronies out of here. Yukari, why don't you help your sempai too?"

"There's no need Zangetsu-san we're here." Tsukune said.

"Yes, no need to burden yourself with Moka-chan." Kurumu said. "We'll take care of her and you go kick that Hollow's ass!"

"Good, I trust that you'll heard the plan?"

"Go and we'll take care of the rest..." Tamao said smiling.

The black clad hero nodded and immediately he vanished to the amazement of the others. To experience his speed up close was something to behold indeed. Moka couldn't really protest as she leaned on Tsukune. She felt so drained and she couldn't for the life of her understand why. Images began to flood and overwhelm her poor brain and it was probably the reason that the world is spinning. The information overload was so much that she went unconscious surprising the hapless Tsukune and falling with the Vampire in the soft ground. He was rubbing his head, when he realized that Moka-san has fallen on him in an awkward compromising position. He sweat dropped as the three girls looked down and one particular bluenette was glaring daggers at him...

"Oh my, I didn't know you were so...adventurous!" Tamao said giggling.

Yukari who stood beside her and started giggling as well...

"Tsukune-kun why are you suddenly cheating on me!" Kurumu growled.

"Kinda obvious we fell over when Moka-san fell unconscious!" Tsukune said sarcastically. "With luck on my side and hopefully, she won't find out about this and beat the stuffing out of me!"

"W-well if you say so..."

"Besides why would I cheat on you with an unconscious girl anyway? First off I wouldn't do it! Second: It's a disgrace to take advantage of someone helpless and thirdly, I'd rather have fun with someone who's conscious, thank you very much! "

"My have they grown so quickly" Tamao said dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief.

Yukari nodded as she rubbed the older student on the back...

"I know you like watching and all it can you please help me up, thanks!"

The three girls had the decency enough to blush and those they helped him up while Kurumu and Tamao each had an arm draped on their shoulders...

"Well, I guess I can make fun of her being such a fatty when she wakes up!" Tamao said grunting. "Why the hell is she so damn heavy!"

"It looks like Zangetsu-san is about finished, we should head out way back and hopefully the school nurse is still in her office!"

However, the Hollow flew not far into their direction and it immediately zeroes in on them. Kurumu transformed and took Moka to the air. The Hollow noticed Tamao but the Mermaid didn't seemed worried. It then tried to squish her with one of its massive arms but to the other's astonishment she actually stopped the fist with both her hands as she was driven backwards while digging a shallow trench underneath her. And with uncharacteristic nimbleness from the older student, she vaulted above the Hollow and using its fist as a springboard, Tamao reared her fist which glowing with her Yoki and clobbered the monster in the face that made it fly backwards. She then gracefully landed on the ground while the other three comically clapped and Tsukune had a card that had 9.5 written on it. The Mermaid was so proud of her accomplishment bowing all the while before she saw something that made her shriek in outrage.

"What's wrong Tamao-sempai?" Tsukune asked her.

"That bastard made me broke my nail, dammit!" She replied growling.

The three of them look at her and sweat dropped while the Mermaid fumed and comically glowed with black Yoki surrounding her body.

"Ok time out, how did you suddenly know Kung Fu?" Kurumu asked curiously. "I thought the Mermaid's strength was in the water and quite frankly you just suck when you're out of it."

"Hmmph, it goes to show how well I have learned my master's techniques!"

"Wait, I didn't know we have a martial arts class on campus." Tsukune commented.

"We didn't but I believe my master will be teaching the class next week." Tamao told him. "Or at least that's what she told me anyway. Why did you think I was gone for a week and a half? I was training with her that's why!"

"So the new teacher is a she?" Yukari asked.

"Yes and she is wonderful!" Tamao said starry eyed.

"Well I guess she would think this teacher is wonderful too if she actually made Tamao-sempai to not suck as much when it comes to the martial arts!" Kurumu deadpanned.

"Shut up, you're just jealous!"

""Hah, as if!"

"Wow, I wanna join too!" Yukari said excitedly.

They heard a shriek of pain and the Reaper finally defeated the Hollow.

"I'm sorry for getting you guys involved, it shouldn't have happened." Ichigo said

"Don't worry about it, with "Iron Fist" Tamao-sempai with us there's was no problem at all!" Kurumu said blandly.

Tamao blushed as the black clad hero looked her way in amazement. Then he chuckled...

"Didn't know Mermaids were into the martial arts..."

"Yeah you said it, I didn't believe it either." Kurumu added.

"Just coz the only thing you can do is flaunt those humongous boobs of yours in front of guys and use those Ginza knives to cut wood doesn't give you the right to be such a hater!"

"Oh yeah, wanna se that these Ginza knives can do to your sorry ass?"

"Bring it bitch! "

Two pans appeared and knocked the two arguing girls silly...

Ichigo caught Kurumu and Moka while Tsukune held Tamao. Then the Substitute looked Yukari and snickered...

"Thanks, Yukari they've at for awhile and its nice to have some peace and quiet for a change..."

The little witch blushed and beamed at him in pride...

"You welcome, they were getting on my nerves anyway!" She replied.

Tsukune and Ichigo chuckled at that...

"Tsukune why don't you wake those two up so you get these idiots to the nurse." He said. "I'll take sleeping beauty here and bring her to the girl's dorms."

"Yeah, I'll do that in a moment..." Tsukune said. "So is Moka-san gonna be alright?"

"Yes, she's just tired. Something thats been hidden for so long has finally came into the light." He said mysteriously. "I'll take care of her while you guys handle it from here."

Before Tsukune could reply Zangetsu already vanished with Moka-san in tow. But what did he mean by "something hidden finally coming into the light? " now that he thought about it Moka-san has been acting weird lately. In her fierce pride, she never revealed what was bothering her. Tsukune would like to think that her usual stubbornness was a front so that she wouldn't worry her friends. Yes,the great Akshiya Moka has changed dramatically since that incident two weeks ago and she has never been the same. So he wonders if Moka-san's strange behavior and those events are correlated in some way? No matter, he'll figure it out later and looked at Tamao and Kurumu as slept like babies.

"Come on Yukari-chan why don't we go back to school eh?"

At first there was silence and then the little witch began to speak...

"I heard that you and Boobie girl, and fish lady were looking for me." Yukari began.

"Yup, that's right!"

"But why, I did all those horrible things to you guys?" She said softly. "Why, would you do that for someone like me?"

Tsukune smiled at her and replied...

"We're friends aren't we? From now on you don't have to be alone anymore ok Yukari-chan?"

The brown haired boy certainly felt awkward and when the little witch finally broke down and cried...

to be continued...

A/N- so sorry for the delay...I lost my data when I tried to update my OS and I didn't backup my data...so lo and behold, i have to reconstruct this from scratcfiat actually think this is much better than the original one that I lost. So I hope you guys like it...

-I'm actual not done yet...but I figured since you guys have been waiting all this time I might as well publish what I have and add the rest of the stuff later. by the time I'm through I probably will have 20 thousand plus words and that will probably be the longest chapter I ever did up to this point...

-Anyway i haven't reread it so there maybe some grammatical errors...point them out so I can correct them please

-Barring the end of the world I should be able to update all my stories...lol

-So what do you guys think...read and review as usual

-Anyway, you guys have a Happy Holiday and ill cya kiddies in the next chapter...if we're still here that is...lol