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"Man, Keiko's gonna kill me." Yusuke whines from his position of lying on the couch in Koenma's office. He had to learn how to make furniture appear out of nowhere; maybe it worked like Kurama's plants?
Koenma snorts as he overlooks the calm teen. "That may be a little hard to do since you're dead already."
Shrugging the Mazoku turns an eye on the teenager godling. "Then why don't you just pop me back to life again?"
"Yusuke that was a one time deal! Not to mention the fact that father forbade me from having any contact with you once your demon blood woke up."
"Not that you listened." Yusuke interrupts.
The princling glares at this ex-spirit detective. "The point is I can't bring you back to life. This is your third death-"
"Really, I lost count."
Koenma ignores Yusuke's sarcasm. "If you would just tell me the circumstances of your death then we could move this right along." Koenma informs the boy.
Yusuke grins as he stares up at the ceiling. "Thought you had a book for all that stuff. Why don't you just read it out of there?"
Koenma mumbles something incoherent.
"What was that?" Yusuke demands glaring at the prince.
"You heard me." Koenma states sighing as Yusuke merely lifts an eyebrow. "I said I would if we could find it."
The teen punk's mouth drops open. "That's what I thought you said. How the hell do you lose someone's life story?"
"I didn't lose it, the ogres did!" Koenma defends sucking furiously on his pacifier. The godling frowns as Yusuke stands and heads for the door. "Wait a minute! Yusuke, where are you going?"
"To see the other reactions when Botan tells them I'm dead."
Koenma sputters. "You can't just go!" He exclaims wide-eyed.
"Watch me." Yusuke replies automatically.
"At least tell us where you died so we can gather your body!" Koenma calls after the boy getting no response.
"I knew something was wrong when Puu disappeared but, he's dead?" Yukina asks unbelievingly.
Botan nods slowly, she had gathered everyone at Genkai's temple per the psychic's instructions before telling them. Even Hiei showed.
"How'd he die?" Shizuru asks comforting the shocked Keiko.
The ferry girl winced knowing this was going to end badly. "We don't know." The response was explosive.
"How can you not know?"
"What do you mean you don't know?"
"Shut up!" Genkai commands before sipping her tea. "You were saying?"
Botan smiles gratefully, fidgeting slightly. "His spirit just appeared in Koenma's office. We don't know anything about the situation surrounding his death. And well, you know Yusuke, he's not exactly forthcoming with the information."
While Yusuke's spirit was floating free his body was another matter entirely.
Eri smirked as she regarded the lifeless body lying on her wooden floor. Kneeling beside the boy she caresses his cheek approvingly. "I must say, you're even more desirable when you sleep, so innocent." Laughing suddenly the woman stands blushing blonde strands of hair from her face.
Stepping over Yusuke's body Eri pays no heed as her midnight blue gown brushes over him. Slender hands pick up the cordless phone before it even has a chance to ring. "Hello?"
Listening to the babbling on the other end the blonde rolls her eyes. "Atsuko calm down, you're not making any sense." Eri commands calmly. "Now tell me what's wrong." Eri smiles as she focuses on what the other woman is saying. "He's dead? Oh, I'm so sorry, would you like me to come over?"
Her smile widens at the answer. "I understand, goodbye Atsuko, I'm sorry for your loss." Hanging up the phone Eri makes her way into the kitchen to boil some water for tea. Humming softly the woman prepares two cups as she waits for her guest to arrive.
A knock on the door signifies her wait is over and Eri grins. "Aren't I just Miss Popular?" She comments aloud as she opens the door. "Hello Yukina, come on in." She greets stepping aside and allowing the ice maiden entrance. "I made tea." She offers pleasantly leading the girl into the kitchen.
"Thank you." Yukina answers, following the woman and taking the steaming beverage handed to her. Sitting at the kitchen table Yukina glances sideways so that she can watch the prone figure on the floor. "It's a shame it had to happen this way." She says before pulling a small black book out of her yukata and laying it on the table. "I've been keeping track of his movements."
Nodding Eri blows on the warm liquid before taking a sip. "Atsuko just called completely hysterical. You'd think she hadn't done this before by the way she acted."
"She just lost her only son, again. I believe she has a right to morn her loss." Yukina states, staring down at the tabletop.
Eri narrows her eyes as she examines her guest. "You're not having regrets are you?" She asks sharply.
"What? No!" Yukina answers quickly, looking at Eri wide-eyed. "I know it had to be done it's just…"
"I understand." The blonde answers reaching over and patting her friend's hand reassuringly. "This will all be over soon enough."
Houten smiles wickedly as he muses over the information his spy had just provided. "So the boy is dead, how convenient." Raizen's lands will be mine. Standing gracefully the elegant demon extends a hand for the girl to take. "You've done well, and now I believe it's time to celebrate Keiko."
TO BE CONTINUED…
Please Review. This is going to be a two-parter though I might add an epilogue. So what do you think so far? Good, not so much? I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you believe is going on.