A Little Family Fun
'No wonder Sesshoumaru had been so interested…' Katsumi thought. Lots of people he had a bone to pick with had all been in one place at one time.
"It's all torn up!" Rin said in amazement as her young eyes took in the scene of destruction.
"Who on earth could have done this…?" Jaken said.
"… This is where my Chichi-ue sealed Ryukotsusei using one of his claws. It would seem Inuyasha came here, and Naraku must have broken the seal. Ryukotsusei and Inuyasha fought. Inuyasha transformed, but he managed to somehow reverse the transformation and killed Ryukotsusei with the Bakuryuuha." Sesshoumaru said. Katsumi whistled, impressed.
"Wow, it's amazing how you can tell all that just from what you can smell up here. I can only tell that they were here…" Katsumi said.
"Of course, this is Sesshoumaru-sama we're talking about here!' Jaken said haughtily.
"Amazing, Sesshoumaru-sama!" Rin cheered. Katsumi noticed Sesshoumaru didn't seem too happy about something.
"Is something wrong?" Katsumi asked, concerned.
"I simply cannot believe that a mere hanyou defeated an opponent that my father, a great daiyoukai, could not." Sesshoumaru said.
'I guess he really looked up to his father...' Katsumi thought. "Maybe that's exactly why Inuyasha could defeat him, because he is a hanyou." Katsumi thought out loud. Sesshoumaru narrowed his eyes slightly.
"Explain." Sesshoumaru said.
"I lived as a human for a while, and Inuyasha and I both have human blood flowing through our veins, so I know from personal experience. Humans are some of the most stubborn and greedy creatures you will ever meet. We're extremely bad at giving up, and we only get stronger when we have something to protect. Kagome and the others were here, so there was no way Inuyasha was going to back down and let Ryukotsusei hurt them. I think Inuyasha won because his will to win was stronger. Ryukotsusei probably only wanted revenge, and was underestimating Inuyasha since he was a hanyou." Katsumi said. Sesshoumaru stared down at the valley where Ryukotsusei had been sealed.
"Hn." Sesshoumaru said. He turned and continued on his way, the others falling into step behind him… Jaken just plain fell, but the imp jumped up and ran after them.
Rin was in the forest, gathering mushrooms and herbs to go with whatever meat Katsumi was catching for them. She heard a twig snap behind her. Rin turned to look, and saw that it was a grotesque reptilian youkai.
"Aaaaaaah!" Rin screamed, holding her arms in front of her to shield herself as the monster swiped at her with its claws.
"Shisho_ichijin!" Katsumi yelled as she swung her sword and killed the youkai with a well-placed kamaitachi of energy flung from her blade. The youkai disintegrated, leaving behind a completely unharmed Rin. "Are you alright, Rin?" Katsumi asked as she knelt beside the girl. Rin nodded and smiled.
"That was cool, Katsumi-nee! It's been a while since I saw you use your sword." Rin said. Katsumi smiled. Yes, she hadn't needed to use her sword much since most youkai new better than to get too close to Sesshoumaru. Usually, when they had attacked, Katsumi had been human, so she couldn't use her sword.
"Yes, it has hasn't it." Katsumi said. "I found some wild yams when I was hunting, so you don't need to worry about getting anymore mushrooms, Rin." Katsumi told her.
"Yams, yaaay!" Rin cheered. They usually didn't get to eat yams. Katsumi smiled as Rin skipped back to camp, and they prepared supper. Today's supper was roasted yams and rabbit. Katsumi felt a little guilty eating something so cute, but it was survival of the fittest in this world, and she'd rather eat Thumper than Bambi. Katsumi noticed Sesshoumaru was eyeing one of the rabbits.
"Would you like one, Sesshoumaru-sama?" Katsumi asked. She had found out on one of the rare occasions that Sesshoumaru ate, that rather than not liking human food, as he had previously claimed, Sesshoumaru simply preferred his meat on the raw side.
"Hn." Sesshoumaru said. He got up from where he had been resting and walked into the woods. He reappeared less than two seconds later with three more rabbits, and handed them to Katsumi.
"So, lightly seasoned, and just lay quickly lay them on and off the fire, right?" Katsumi asked. Sesshoumaru nodded in approval. Katsumi smiled and went back to prepping the food. Jaken was still amazed at how… domestic… the interaction looked. Sesshoumaru had never let Jaken prepare his food for him before… though Jaken had to admit, the hybrid brat sure could cook. A familiar presence was approaching them. Katsumi looked up from where she was sitting and watching the food cook as her big brother stepped in view.
"Onii-sama!" Katsumi cried cheerfully as she jumped up and hugged Seigetsu. "Rin, I want you to come meet my big brother, Seigetsu. Seigetsu, this charming young lady is Rin." Katsumi said, introducing the two. Seigetsu, Sesshoumaru, and Jaken already knew each other.
"Hello, Katsumi-nee's Onii-sama, Seigetsu-sama!" Rin said, smiling brightly.
"Why hello, Rin, It's a pleasure to meet you. You can call me Seigetsu-onii-sama too, if you'd like." Seigetsu said. Rin's smile grew even more radiant when she was welcomed so openly by her Katsumi-nee's family. He raised an eyebrow at Katsumi.
"Looks like I have another imouto, huh?" Seigetsu asked Katsumi.
"Looks like!" Katsumi said happily. "Oh, I need to take Sesshoumaru-sama's rabbit off the fire before it gets over-cooked!" Katsumi quickly went back to tending to the food.
"Yo, Sesshoumaru-sama." Seigetsu said.
"Tch." Sesshoumaru clicked his tongue in annoyance and ignored Seigetsu. His outward façade remained neutral, as always, but he had always found Seigetsu annoying. A vein popped on Seigetsu's head.
"Oi, did you just click your tongue at me!?" Seigetsu said indignantly.
"Is there a reason for your unwanted visit, Seigetsu?" Sesshoumaru asked. Seigetsu's eyebrow twitched in irritation.
"I see your attitude is still just as bad as ever." Seigetsu said, annoyed. "I smelled my sister, so I thought I'd make sure she was okay. When I went back to Totosai's, she was gone."
"Eh? Didn't Totosai tell you? We both left because he was afraid of Sesshoumaru-sama's wrath for refusing to make him a sword, and my sword was finished." Katsumi said as she handed Sesshoumaru his portion. She sat down beside the fire again to keep and eye on the rest of the meat that was still cooking. Seigetsu sweat dropped.
"No. He failed to mention that when I talked to him… The old man must be going senile." Seigetsu said. Katsumi shrugged. Personally, she thought the 'senior moments' were an act, most of the time.
"I'm sorry if I worried you, but I'm alright. I stayed near Rin's village for a while, and then Sesshoumaru-sama let us tag along." Katsumi said, smiling apologetically.
"Yes, Haha-ue told me you'd be alright, but then a few days ago, she kept saying how she hoped you didn't run into any youkai while you were human, and a whole bunch of other worrisome things… I just couldn't relax after that…" Seigetsu said.
"Seigetsu… when she told you these things… What day was it?" Katsumi asked.
"The first of April… Why?" Seigetsu said. Katsumi sweat dropped.
"April first is my birthday, and also a holiday known as 'April Fool's Day.' It's a day when people play pranks on each other, and also Haha-ue's favorite holiday… she would always plays pranks on me and my father." Katsumi said. Sesshoumaru already knew about it since she had explained the concept to him that night.
"But we don't celebrate that here…" Seigetsu said. Katsumi laughed.
"I don't think that would really make a difference to her, in fact that just makes everyone an easy target, since she knows about it from her visions, and you don't." Katsumi said. It was Seigetsu turn to sweat drop.
"True… she didn't do anything to you, did she?" Seigetsu said. Katsumi served Rin her portion of well-done rabbit and yams and grimaced.
"She did. The version of her in the future sent me a 'present.' She arranged it so that I would say the spell that unsealed the half of my blood I got from my father without knowing. It wasn't pretty." Katsumi said, handing Jaken his portion, and starting to eat her own. "Want some?" She offered.
"I already ate, unfortunately, but now that you mention it… what happened to your ears?" Seigetsu asked curiously.
"…" Katsumi said as she stared at her older brother. "Onii-sama… you're only just now noticing that?" Seigetsu rubbed the back of his neck bashfully.
"Well, it threw me off because you changed your whole look." Seigetsu admitted.
'I didn't notice it before, but… Seigetsu-onii-sama is kind of a space cadet, isn't he…?' Katsumi thought.
"It's kind of a shame though. Those dog-ears were rather cute on you, but then a gain, you always look cute no matter what." Seigetsu said, smiling at her with pride and brotherly love. Sesshoumaru's eyebrow twitched.
"Now that you have seen her, you should take your sister-complex with you and depart." Sesshoumaru said coolly. "I've heard stupidity is contagious. We wouldn't want her to catch yours, now would we?" The look on Seigetsu's face was comical.
"You—!" Seigetsu growled, but he froze mid sentence when they all felt an impressive aura approaching them. There was something familiar about the scent, but Katsumi couldn't quite figure out why…
"Seigetsu." A soft but commanding female voice said. Katsumi's eyes widened.
"Mama!?" Katsumi said, surprised. A beautiful, young woman, who appeared to be twenty-years-old, stepped into view, and Katsumi saw that it was her mother… Only she looked younger, and her hair was white and pearly. Tsukihime had light purple lining her eyelids, one magenta stripe on each side of her face, ruby-red lips, and her eyes were a warm amber that gleamed with cold dignity. Her long flowing, pearly hair had been pulled back into a half-up, half-down hairstyle with an elaborate bun and gold flower hair ornaments. She was wearing the typical kimonos of a hime-sama in alternating shades of pastel pinks, yellows, and greens with elaborate floral designs. She was beautiful and dignified.
Tsukihime stared coolly at the daughter she would give birth to in the distant future. Seigetsu was silent and cautious now, as though he were in the presence of a predator that would attack at any minute.
"So, you are Katsumi, my future daughter?" Tsukihime said. Katsumi nodded. Seigetsu's sudden change in attitude had her feeling nervous, like she should be worried. Even Sesshoumaru seemed even quieter than usual… and technically, this woman wasn't actually her mother… She wasn't the one who given birth to her and raised her, not yet anyway.
"Yes, I am Katsumi, Tsukihime-sama." Katsumi said. Tsukihime eyed her for a few more seconds before she suddenly pulled Katsumi into a bone-crushing hug.
"Ooooh~! You're just as cute as I saw you'd be~!" Tsukihime cooed as she hugged her now confused and surprised future daughter. "Kawaii~! I want to give birth now!"
'Another idiot has arrived.' Sesshoumaru thought. Tsukihime paused in nuzzling Katsumi's cheek.
"Eh? Did you think something just now, Sesshoumaru?" Tsukihime-sama said, smiling a brilliant shit-eating grin that promised pain if he insulted her again. Tsukihime was almost as powerful as his father,well, more like a close third, and she could give Sesshoumaru a run for his money if she really tried. He hadn't seen his chichi-ue's distant relative in long time, not since he'd last seen Tsukihime when she visited his own haha-ue. Those two women were scary when they were together, plotting something.
"Tsukihime-sama… I…" Katsumi said weakly, trying to breathe while Tsukihime unintentionally smothered her.
"Moh~! Call me Mama, like you did before! It's too cute!" Tsukihime ordered.
"Mama, Katsumi can't breathe." Seigetsu said, sweat dropping.
"Ararara~! Gomen, Katsumi-chan! It's just that I've been waiting forever to see you…" Tsukihime said, lifting her kimono sleeve to cover her shit-eating grin, like a proper lady. "I can't believe I have to wait almost another 500 years before I can marry your father, and have you for myself."
"Eh...? Five hundred years… I never thought about it before, but… You're quite the cradle robber, aren't you mom?" Katsumi innocently thought out loud. Tsukihime bopped Katsumi on the head, a vein mark throbbed on the woman's head.
"That mouth of yours isn't cute at all…" Tsukihime said. Katsumi winced and massaged the bump on her head.
"Sorry, Mama, I was just surprised is all, you've always looked so young, it's hard to imagine you've lived for so long… Time travel is a cornucopia of disturbing concepts…" Katsumi admitted. Tsukihime beamed at her.
"Aah~! I just can't stay mad at you, can I?" Tsukihime said, patting her on the head. Seigetsu gaped at them.
"You usually just hit me harder when I try to use flattery to get out of stuff with you!" Seigetsu said, stunned. Katsumi was a miracle worker.
"That's because you didn't really mean it. I don't care if it's just lip service." Tsukihime huffed, turning up her nose in distaste. She sighed. "This is why I can't stand boys…" Katsumi patted Seigetsu on the back in 'there, there' kind of motion.
"Let me share a little piece of wisdom with you Seigetsu. For the most part, women are meant to be loved, not understood. Trying to do so will only give you a headache." Katsumi said.
"Oh, that's something your father says in the future, isn't it? Smart man, that one." Tsukihime says. Katsumi nodded.
"Yep, he got it from some book he was forced to read in high school, I think…" Katsumi said.
"Well, this has been lovely, but we have to go now." Tsukihime said, pouting. "Farewell, my kawaii Katsumi-chan~!" Tsukihime called as she grabbed Seigetsu by his kimono collar, and took off flying. Seigetsu choked from the force with which he was pulled, and could only helplessly wave goodbye as Tsukihime carted him off.
"Bye-bye, Mama! Good luck, Seigetsu!" Katsumi called after them, waving goodbye.
'Good riddance.' Sesshoumaru thought.
"Katsumi-nee, why did you tell Seigetsu-onii-sama good luck?" Rin asked curiously. Katsumi stared after the direction her crazy family had just left in.
"… I just have a feeling he'll need it with a mother like that…" Katsumi said.
Shisho_ichijin = stabbing gust (of wind)
kamaitachi = wind sickles
imouto = little sister
In case anyone is confused, Tsukihime hasn't time traveled like Katsumi at all. She's just been alive for a very long time, and aged really, really slowly because she was a youkai. The curse that turned her human was placed on her way in the future, a few years before Katsumi was born. Katsumi's father knows Tsukihime isn't human and how old she is, he just doesn't care because he's a pretty laid-back guy.