Time Traveler Katsumi

Training Montage Time?

Previously:
Katsumi shook her head. That was so like her mother. She was the 'Queen of the household.' She sighed.

"Is something wrong, Katsumi?" Shippo asked. She sighed and smiled softly at the kit.

"No, not really… I just wish I didn't have to say goodbye so soon…" Katsumi answered honestly.


{One week of trekking through feudal Japan's most extreme terrain later…}

"Gyaaaaaaaaaah!?" Katsumi yelled in surprise when she lost her footing and started falling back down the mountainside. She quickly pulled out the sai she had confiscated from a human that had tried to attack her earlier in the week and stabbed it into the rock. She slid down about another foot, but her descent slowed and she came to a stop.

"Phew!" Katsumi sighed in relief. 'Note to self: DO NOT CLIMB MOUNTAINS WHEN IT'S RAINING.' She thought cynically. Honestly Katsumi wanted to wait for better conditions, but her mother had insisted she had to get to the top of this mountain by the end of the day. If she didn't, Katsumi might not even be born. 'I don't really want to die today either though…' Katsumi thought as she began climbing again, using the sai to keep herself from slipping again. 'I really miss the others… It's so lonely traveling by yourself…' Katsumi gave a silent hooray when she realized that she was finally at the top. She grunted as she pulled herself up and over the edge of the ridge.

"Glad that's over with!" Katsumi exclaimed with relief as she collapsed onto the ground, catching her breath. Katsumi tensed when she felt another demon's presence. It was similar to Sesshoumaru's, but it wasn't as powerful. Katsumi slowly stood up, putting herself on the defensive.

"Ugh. You don't posses a single ounce of grace in your entire being do you? Really, I don't know what she sees in a filthy hanyou like you." The youkai said as he stepped forward from the cave he had been hiding in. He wasn't beautiful, but he was very handsome… not really her type thought. This youkai had silver-blue hair that reminded Katsumi of her mother's blue-grey pearl necklace. His eyes were amber, but they weren't a liquid gold like Sesshoumaru's. He also had two stripes on his face. They were purple, and he had indigo lines on his eyelids.


'What is it with all these youkai guys having marks that look like makeup tattooed naturally onto their face?' Katsumi wondered. He was dressed in a style similar to Sesshoumaru too, but instead of white and red, his kimono was navy blue with a lighter blue wave pattern on the sleeves, and the hakama were dark grey. His armor was similar as well, but instead of spikes on the shoulder part, his armor had flat sode, like most samurai. "Oh, that's right… you're three-fourths youkai, aren't you? Then it's even more appalling that you didn't sense me sooner. You really don't know how to do anything, do you?" The youkai said. Katsumi wanted to tell the jerk to take his attitude and stick where the sun don't shine, but starting a fight with some who clearly outmatched her in power, especially without a plan, didn't seem like a good idea.

"At least I have the good manners to introduce myself before I insult someone." Katsumi deadpanned and shot him a brilliant shit-eating grin. The youkai narrowed his eyes at her.

"If I wasn't so afraid of what she would do to me if I killed you, you would be dead where you stand, Katsumi." The youkai growled. Katsumi's ear twitched when she realized he knew her name too, though after hearing him spout out info on her lineage when she shouldn't even exist yet, Katsumi wasn't really too surprised. "I am your half-brother, Seigetsu-sama. Though we share a mother, Tsukihime, I am full inu-youkai." Katsumi stared at him, stunned.

'…Ya know, Mom, a heads up would've been kinda nice!' Katsumi thought. "…Um…okay, then…Hello, Onii-san." Katsumi said. Seigetsu grimaced.

"I told you, you may address me as Seigetsu-sama. Call me anything else, and I will hit you." Seigetsu said. Katsumi sweat dropped.

"Oh, great, don't tell me we're gonna be like Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha!" Katsumi thought out loud.

"You know that bastard!?" Seigetsu growled. Katsumi blinked in surprise.

"Which one are you referring to? Inuyasha or Sesshoumaru?" Katsumi asked.

"Sesshoumaru, who else?" Seigetsu huffed.

"Um… yeah I have. I'm friends with Inuyasha… I think… and we had a run in with Sesshoumaru when he came to try to take tessaiga." Katsumi said. Seigetsu growled. "Did he do something to piss you off?"

"Ladies do not use such coarse language, and it's none of your business." Seigetsu said. Katsumi stared at him like he grew a second head.

"Did mom make you come all the way down here to give me lessons in etiquette? No wonder you're so pissed." Katsumi said, amazed at her mother's willfulness.

"No. How did you know it was our honorable mother that sent us? Do you share her ability to foresee the future?" Seigetsu asked curiously. Katsumi rubbed her arms as she felt herself shiver. Now that she wasn't moving anymore, she was starting to feel chilled from being soaked to the bone and standing in rain. Seigetsu looked like it didn't bother him in the slightest.

"No, but I do occasionally get really strong cases of super-intuition… It also helps that she's the one who gave me the directions to find you, though she never said who I was going to meet…" Katsumi said. "Could we please at least go into that cave or something? I'm freezing." Seigetsu didn't answer her. He just turned on his heel and walked into the cave. Katsumi decided she didn't care anymore, and just followed him. She was pleasantly surprised to find a fire, a dry kimono, and a hot meal waiting for her. Despite his earlier rudeness, Seigetsu made sure she was comfortable and provided for before they continued their discussion.

"Thanks for the food!" Katsumi said as she dug in. She realized Seigetsu was staring at her. "What? Is there something on my face?" She asked.

"I was just thinking… you look nothing like our honorable mother you have magenta stripes like her, but that is the only resemblance I can see. You are also much shorter than anyone in our family." Seigetsu said.

"Oh, is that all? I take after my dad's side in looks, but from what I can tell, I seem to favor the inu-youkai part of my youkai genes more." Katsumi said.

"What makes you say that?" Seigetsu asked. "I thought I was here to teach you because you don't know how to use your powers."

"Well, actually… I don't know… I just thought that because I have claws, stripes, dog-ears, sensitive hearing, a sensitive nose, and the strength of ten grown men." Katsumi said. "But now that I think about it, I don't even know what my dad and our mom look like in their demon forms." Seigetsu nodded in understanding.

"Yes, she told me you were raised believing you were all human. You are correct in thinking those traits are from your inu-youkai side. Is there anything else you can do? I need to know if I'm going to train you to use your powers. It will help me know what you need to learn the most since we don't have a lot of time." Seigetsu said.

"Eh? What do you mean by that?" Katsumi asked.

"Mother said I would only be able to train you for the next week. In that time, I will have to teach you what normally takes years to master." Seigetsu said. "… Just looking at you, I can't believe you've only lived for sixteen years… human age so quickly..." Katsumi tilted her head, one ear up and the other slightly bent, in curiosity.

"How old are you? If you don't mind me asking…" Katsumi asked. He only looked a few years older than her physically.

"I'm over five hundred years old, but I'm still a few years younger than Lord Sesshoumaru." Seigetsu said. "That bastard manages to beat me in everything…"

"Are you rivals?" Katsumi asked. Seigetsu scoffed.

"Ha! I consider him one, but in truth, I'm probably the closest thing he has to a friend. We saw each other often when were young since our mothers are friends." Seigetsu said.

'Meaning… he doesn't consider you a rival at all, and you're the only one who didn't feel threatened enough to leave…' Katsumi thought. "...Well, anyway… other than what I mentioned earlier, I don't really have any other abilities that I'm aware of other than being able to channel my youki into a blade, I can heal myself almost instantly, but afterwards I need rest and food. How much I need depends on the severity of my wounds, and I can slightly speed up the healing process for other youkai… well, it works on Inuyasha at least." She said, shrugging. Seigetsu raised an eyebrow.

"You cannot only speed up healing yourself through sheer will, but you can heal other as well? I've never heard of that before." Seigetsu said.

"That must be from my dad then. I also turn human on the night of the new moon, but unlike most hanyou, I stay human for three days after before I finally change back to normal… Oh! There's a new moon in three days, maybe that's why she made that our time limit?" Katsumi said. Seigetsu frowned.

"Possibly… I've never heard of that before either… what a nuisance… that means you're in three times the danger since you're a human three times longer." Seigetsu said. "It must be unnerving."

"Not really." Katsumi said, shrugging. "I was raised as a human, so it doesn't feel that strange. I learned how to fight from mom as a human, and I've always had friends with me, so it's not like I was completely vulnerable. Seigetsu nodded.

"That's good. Make sure you're never alone when you're like that." Seigetsu said. Katsumi yawned.

"… I know I said I wasn't sent here to teach you etiquette, but you're the daughter of an inu-daiyoukai. Our mother is a distant cousin of the Inu no Taisho. She's youkai nobility, and that makes you nobility. So, could you please try to act alike it." Seigetsu said. Katsumi actually snorted.

"Hahaha! Seriously!? Mom's the one who thought me how to curse!" Katsumi said, laughing. "I've always thought she had a certain grace about her, but nobility? Wow!" Seigetsu gaped at her.

"Mother taught you to speak with such course language!?" Seigetsu asked in disbelief. "When I used to curse at your age, she would hang me from the ceiling by my tail!" Katsumi laughed.

"Yeah, she didn't teach them to me until a month or so ago when I found out we were moving to Japan. We used to live in another country that spoke a different language, so I only knew whatever Japanese she taught me. I insisted that I should at least be able to know when I'm being insulted, and how to respond in kind if I was." Katsumi explained.

"I see… knowing her, she was probably amused by such a request, but if that's the case, then why are you using them so freely?" Seigetsu said.

"Well, Inuyasha is a little rough around the edges, and I guess I just got caught up in his pace…" Katsumi said.

"Hmm… Well, we shall work on that as well. It's getting late, so I'll let you rest, but I'll be waking you up at the crack of dawn tomorrow." Seigetsu said.


Author's note: Seigetsu= moon shining in a rain-cleansed sky. I thought it would be nice to keep 'moon' being a part of the names in Katsumi's inu-youkai family since her mother's name is Tsukihime... and it sounds cool...I almost named him Zangetsu before I remembered that was the name of Ichigo's sword in bleach. LOL.

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